The Des Moines Music Coalition hosts the 10th annual Gross Domestic Product festival Saturday featuring 18 Iowa bands including Canby, The Maytags, Annalibera and Volcano Boys. The shows are spread across Wooly's, Streetcar 209 and Beechwood Lounge, as well as pop-up shows at shops around the East Village.
Music fans might know Evelyn Taylor best from her work photographing bands like The Envy Corps, but she and Nicholas Frampton also comprise the Des Moines folkwave group Field Division. The duo performs at 10:15 p.m. at Beechwood Lounge.
"Photography has always been a hobby, I think that's how everyone around the scene met me," Taylor said. "But I've been doing music my whole life."
A few years back, Taylor started to get serious about starting her own project and began taking guitar lessons from Ryan Stier of The River Monks (and Annalibera and Extravision) and his fellow River Monk, Frampton. Frampton had also played guitar with Katelyn Epperly of "American Idol" and toured with An Airbag Saved My Life as the drummer.
Taylor and Frampton started working on the Field Division EP "Faultlines." They relocated to Nashville in 2012 to work with producers Konrad Snyder and Benjamin Kaufman. The song "Hollow Body Weather" off the EP has almost 150,000 plays on Spotify.
Field Division's music sounds much larger than you would expect from two people with guitars. Taylor said "Faultlines" was heavily influenced by movie scores, driving her to capture a dreamy, grand sound inspired by nature. Especially the fields of Iowa.
In 2014, Taylor and Frampton moved back to Des Moines.
"I think we were a little weary of Nashville," Frampton said. "The cost of living takes its toll and it didn't turn out to be the best environment. But it did offer a lot of opportunities."
Des Moines has offered its own opportunities, one of which is working with members of The Envy Corps as producers on Field Division's upcoming full-length album.
"I've looked up to them for years, first as a fan, then becoming friends with them," Taylor said. "I grew up listening to them and then I shot a lot of photos for them, going out on weekend tours. I've always thought of them as older brothers or uncle figures. I thought it would be nice to come home to Iowa and make a record with fellow Iowans."
One of those uncle figures, Scott Yoshimura, will be playing drums with Field Division after doing a set with his own band, Canby. Frampton will also be sitting in with Extravision.
Gross Domestic Product
When: 2 a.m. Saturday
Where: Wooly's, 504 E. Locust St., Streetcar 209, 515 E. Locust St., Beechwood Lounge, 416 E. Walnut St.
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Wooly's, 504 E. Locust St.
2:30 p.m.: Grandchamp
3:15 p.m.: Men in Lead Masks
4 p.m: Easy Fruit
4:45 p.m.: Peas and Carrot
5:30 p.m.: Surf Zombie
6:15 p.m.: Extravision
7 p.m.: Druids
7:45 p.m.: AWTHNTKTS
8:45 p.m.: Canby
9:45 p.m.: The Maytags
Streetcar 209, 515 Locust St.
10 p.m.: Sinkholes
10:45 p.m.: Annalibera
11:30 p.m.: Karen Meat & The Computer
12:15 a.m.: prettygirlhatemachine
Beechwood Lounge, 416 Walnut St.
9:30 p.m.: Goldblums
10:15 p.m.: Field Division
11 p.m.: Volcano Boys
11:45 p.m.: Creation Complex