A cappella groups record albums, preserve legacies

Geneseo’s four a cappella groups – Southside Boys, Between the Lines, Exit 8 and Hips ‘n’ Harmony – have worked to produce albums that represent their groups as a whole and showcase their amazing talent.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of Southside Boys.

“We had to showcase 20 years of legacy,” said SSB President junior Cory Young. “[This album is a] synthesis of new traditions and old traditions to celebrate who we’ve been and who we will be,” said Young. SSB 20 will be available for $10 at SSB’s final concert with Hips ‘n’ Harmony on Sunday April 29 at 4 p.m. in Newton 214.

For Between the Lines, which formed three-and-a-half years ago, recording an album for the first time meant a lot to its senior members.

“This year’s seniors were here before BTL existed,” said BTL President senior Josh Carney. “[We] wanted an actual recording to cap off the experience.” The album will be sold in the fall, but a limited batch will be available for $5 at BTL’s final concert on Monday April 30 at 8 p.m. in Newton 214.

Exit 8 opted to record its album in the group’s rehearsal space in Brodie Hall instead of a studio. The group wanted to “represent [its] hard work over the years,” said Exit 8 President senior Jeff Zeitler. “We have a fun time.” he added.

The album won’t be ready for sale until next year, but Exit 8’s music can be heard at the group’s final concert on Tuesday May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Alice Austin lobby in Brodie.

Hips ‘n’ Harmony wanted to “experiment” and recorded its EP one voice at a time instead of as a group.

“I was a little worried at first, because [this style of recording] is so new [to us], but the tracks sound great and I’m really excited for the outcome,” said Hips ‘n’ Harmony President sophomore Ali Niemiec. Since the EP is still in the works, it won’t be available for Hips ‘n’ Harmony’s final concert with Southside Boys, but keep an eye out for it in the fall.