Joy in the New
Andersen Silva was an original member of the cover band the Hellevators during their short-lived (and unsung) career at Rutgers University in 1987. The southpaw began playing music in earnest in 1991, with two Yamaha keyboards and a right-handed electric guitar strung backwards and played upside-down. In 1992, Andy formed the duo Not An Exit with Jon Wardell; the two continue to work and compose together sporadically. The idea of recording a full album struck Andy in mid-'99. With his arsenal strengthened by some Macintoshes, a vintage drum machine, a bass, and a true left-handed guitar, he began writing songs for it. Five years later, 'Joy in the New' was finished, a CD's worth of tracks fully created and realized by Andersen Silva (except for 'Not An Exit,' co-written by Jon Wardell). Andy is currently writing and recording tracks for a second CD, 'Tougher Than Flannel.'