Singer-songwriter duo Scott Dill and Tara Fisher-Dill are the heart of Gwendolyn Speaks, one of Cincinnati, Ohio's most impressive and popular pop/rock bands. Co-writers of most of the band's material, their style has been explained as "radio-friendly", "rootsy-pop", and "dreamlike". Their influences, which range from Crowded House to Natalie Merchant, combine to result in a unique mixture of great pop hooks and haunting melodies. Performing all original music, Gwendolyn Speaks has been hailed by critics as a band to watch in the coming years.
Gwendolyn Speaks has released two CD's to date. The first, a 4-song EP from 1996 entitled Beyond, was produced by Monk (and former Over the Rhine) guitarist Ric Hordinski. In 1998, the group released This Time, a 12-song effort on the Blue Jordan label produced by Tyler Brown. The band is currently demoing new material for upcoming release.
The band members of Gwendolyn Speaks bring a wide variety of diverse musical backgrounds to the group. Tara Dill, songwriter and lead vocalist, began singing at a young age and continued through her high school and college education. Her vocal style, pure and full of nuance, gives the band its unique sound. Scott Dill, songwriter, backing vocalist, and until now, guitarist for the group, has switched back to his first instrument, drums. Scott studied percussion at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Peter Throm, bassist, backing vocalist, and songwriter, is a versatile musician who studied double bass at the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University. Carrie Smiley, acoustic guitarist and backing vocalist, joined the group in the spring of 2000. Carrie's vocals add a new texture to the band's rich harmonies. She is a talented singer-songwriter who has performed with a variety of musicians, including The Marshwiggles. Dave Eberhardt, electric guitarist, is the latest addition to the band. He is gaining notoriety for what he terms "textural guitar", adding a new dimension to GS. Dave has worked with a wide array of artists, including Dave Wolfenberger, Katie Reider, and Todd Henry, as well as fronting his own band Lux.
The flexiblilty of these talented musicians allows Gwendolyn Speaks to fit with many different performing genres. GS has opened for an eclectic roster of artists, ranging from "Weird Al" Yankovic to Carrie Newcomer to Cheap Trick. Scott and Tara frequently perform as a duo in addition to the numerous dates the band plays as a whole. Whatever the venue, having fun and creating good music are paramount to their performances.