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Garron DuPree Live with Say Anything, Summer 2014
December 4, 1989 |
|Genres||Indie rock, indie pop|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, bassist, guitarist, songwriter, recording engineer, session musician|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar|
|Labels||Equal Vision, Reprise, Record Collection, Warner Bros., Sire, Doghouse, J, RCA Records|
|Associated acts||Eisley, Say Anything, Merriment, Saves The Day, Sucre, Mutemath, Amber Heard|
|1972 Fender Precision Bass
1976 Fender Mustang Bass
Fender Jazz Bass
Dean Markley Strings
Garron DuPree (born December 4, 1989) is a bass guitarist and recording engineer from Texas. DuPree began his career as a professional musician in 2005 at the age of 15 as the bassist for the group Eisley, and became the bassist for Say Anything in 2013. Garron DuPree is also a recording engineer as well as a session musician.
Garron was born in Houston, TX. and was raised in the surrounding cities of Richmond, and Sugar Land, Texas. He is the 2nd of 5 children from his mother, Parrish DuPree, and father, Wade DuPree. Surrounded by the more rural environments of Texas, Garron grew up in the country side owning several horses. He is a self-proclaimed Christian, along with the majority of his family, and grew up participating and playing music at his church in Texas. He married his girlfriend of nearly 10 years, Madeline DuPree, in July, 2015.
Garron DuPree joined the group Eisley in 2005 at the age of 15, following the departure of their former bassist Jonathan Wilson. He is the cousin of the group's remaining members Chauntelle, Stacy, Weston DuPree, and Sherri DuPree. At the time of Garron's arrival with the Texas based indie-pop band, they were entering a phase of heavy touring in support of their debut album Room Noises. Garron toured as Eisley's bassist beginning on the group's 2005 Yahoo sponsored "Who's Next?" tour, followed closely by 2005's Austin City Limits festival and closing out the year with Switchfoot's Nothing Is Sound tour. Eisley continued touring throughout 2006, visiting Australia in support of Taking Back Sunday, touring the United States with supporting band Dawes for their first major headlining tour, as well as touring Europe. Garron's bass work with Eisley began on their second full-length record, Combinations, and has remained the sole bassist on the remainder of Eisley's recordings to date. In 2013, Garron expanded his repertoire when he joined Say Anything as their bassist, replacing touring bassist Adam Siska. His bass work has been said to be inspired by Radiohead, Kent, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and Matthew Rubano, among others.
DuPree has additionally become known as a recording engineer in more recent years, beginning commercially with his work on Eisley's fourth studio LP, Currents. Most notably, he is known for his engineering work on Currents, as well as the debut album, Sway, from the band Merriment (2014), and Say Anything's sixth studio album Hebrews (2014), among other works.
For what is attributed as his debut audio engineering work, DuPree began work alongside Eisley band member Weston DuPree and technician Mark Schwartzkopf in the design and building of Eisley's own studio after the group's departure from Warner Brothers Records in 2011. The studio was designed, in early 2012, and construction began that April. Upon its completion, the group immediately the production and recording of their fourth full-length record.
Production continued throughout the remainder of the year, marking Eisley's most extensive length of time spent recording a single album since their inception - with the process only interrupted once, to accommodate their Mid-Summer Tour in June–July 2012.
The recording process was finished by late October, 2012, and final arrangements were completed before mix engineer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Larson mixed and mastered the album. Larson was credited for the writing and recording of the string arrangements throughout Currents, as well as the mixing and mastering of the album. Currents was then released on May 28, 2013 to almost unanimously positive reviews - peaking at #66 on the Billboard 200 charts, making it the group's highest charting album to date.
Following the recording of Currents, Garron was brought in to engineer the debut album by the group Merriment. The record was produced by Charlie Brand, front-man for the indie-pop group Miniature Tigers. Production of this record was accomplished inside of two weeks, and was recorded at Eisley's Studio in Tyler, TX. DuPree was credited as Engineer for the album, as well as contributing his bass guitar skills on the track "Patterns," and playing all of the strings on the track "Right Again."
The release of Sway was delayed until April 8, 2014. The record reached #3 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts, and received generally positive reviews for the band's debut release.
Hebrews, the title of the sixth studio album by American pop-punk band Say Anything, was recorded and engineered by DuPree, in Tyler, TX throughout late 2013 and early 2014. DuPree also is credited for all of the bass work on the album. DuPree, as a member of Say Anything, also embarked on tour with the group in summer 2014 in support of the album. The tour was included openers The Front Bottoms, the So-So Glo's, and You Blew It!, and was said to be among the groups most successful tours to date.
DuPree's work on Hebrews represents his first recorded venture into the indie-punk/pop-punk style characterized by Say Anything. Previously Garron's work was focused on the more whimsical style of his primary work in Eisley, featuring slower, more melodically focused bass rhythms working in tandem with the accent-rich drumming of the group. However, DuPree quickly adapted and jumped into the fast-paced role of a more punk/rock influenced roll ever since his joining Say Anything in 2013.
|2006||Final Noise E.P.||Eisley||Bassist||Reprise Records|
|2007||Like the Actors E.P.||Eisley||Bassist||Reprise Records|
|2009||Fire Kite E.P.||Eisley||Bassist||Sire Records|
|2011||The Valley||Eisley||Bassist||Equal Vision|
|2012||Deep Space E.P.||Eisley||Bassist||Equal Vision|
|2013||Currents||Eisley||Bassist, Recording Engineer||Equal Vision|
|2014||Hebrews||Say Anything||Bassist, Recording Engineer||Equal Vision|
|2014||Sway||Merriment||Recording Engineer, Add. Bassist, Add. Strings||Rory Records|
|2012||Vital||Anberlin||Add. Recording Engineer (uncredited)||Universal Republic|
|2012||Knock Out (Single)||Perma||Recording Engineer, Mixing, Mastering||Rory Records|
|2014||David Upp||David Upp||Recording Engineer||Independent|
|2014||Crimson Arrow||Crimson Arrow||Recording Engineer||Independent|
|2014||...Is a Real Boy||Say Anything||Recording Engineer, Mixing, Mastering||Equal Vision|
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|2005||I Wasn't Prepared (Feat. Amber Heard)||Eisley||Marvin Jarrett|
|2007||Invasion||Eisley||Miranda Penn Turin|
|2011||The Valley||Eisley||Cory Sheldon|
- Charting Album Positions and Credits
|Top Christian Albums
|US Alternative Albums
|US Rock Albums
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- "Eisley Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 4 May 2012.