Up-and-coming Jam-Funk act from Washington DC, Surprise Attack, have recently reached out and we are happy to reveal and announce our Full EP Review, Interview and Artist Spotlight here atwww.jambandpurist.com
Surprise Attacks most recent EP release entitled, 'Water' is an elemental achievement and coincides with their previous releases, 'Earth' and 'Fire.' This album concept is highly original and represents the level of awareness this band has as a collective. Dubbing themselves, "Mountain Funk," their influences range from improvisational, Appalachian-Folk and Funk music, which coagulates to form Surprise Attack.
'Water' begins with “M.D.M.A.” a song that highlights this bands lyrical qualities, and even includes a barbershop quartet style vocal harmony and a great Jam melody. This song expresses creative and unique songwriting structures and transitions. As an opening track, this song is well selected and while most of us think of ecstasy or some other illicit experience, after reflecting, this song has nothing to do with that at all. It's something far beyond the acronym.
Recording 'Water' in their home studio, Surprise Attack, uses what they have to produce a listenable album with a solid sound. While, I would love to hear what these guys could do in a professional studio, 'Water' is a great platform to release musical ideas, expand their repertoire and work on their band style. Danny Durazo, Ian Frye, Jay Rowe, Jeremy Begun and Tom Casey all have a unique blend of musical styles and collaborate as a cohesive unit.
"J.N.S." opens up with a strong Latin rhythm structure and great guitar licks. The vocal melody itself can be heard prevalently and the disco sound is undeniably danceable. This one could be jammed out live and with the right amount of improvisation, this song could be taken to the next level. The feeling that "J.N.S." brings forth is something greater than I think is on this recording and while this recording doesn’t capture all the intricate qualities, it does show the creative talents of this band.
"Down And Out" takes this band on a different route down I-495 using the easy pass to get out of traffic. This song is much more the "mountain" side of their sound and has a country-folk feel. The initial reaction is calm, collective and juxtaposes with the story itself of being down and out without cash in the city. This song is very relatable and at times funny and could be commercially viable if the band decided to use it in that capacity.
"Train Of Thought" is by far my favorite track from this album and comes with a high recommendation. This songs structure itself is very Zappa-esque and takes the progressive development of improvisation jam music to the forefront of this album. "Train Of Thought" caught my attention initially for its transitions, reminiscent of moe. Phish and Zappa all combined but still original. Surprise Attack should work towards making all their songs this quality and level of conceptuality.
Altogether and combined with its counterparts, 'Fire' and 'Earth,' 'Water' EP stands out as a great beginning for any up-and-coming band to promote themselves off of. D.C.’s budding music scene is expanding and many great jam acts are growing within this community. I look for Surprise Attack to attack the scene with the same intensity that they have brought to 'Water.' Check out the EP here:https://surpriseattackdc.bandcamp.com/album/water-ep and follow Surprise Attack on all social media platforms for more. Is ‘Wind’ on the way?
Interview with Surprise Attack
(JBP) What made you form Surprise Attack and start playing music together?
Surprise Attack is actually the band that we formed back in high school. We were together for about a year before moving to different towns, going to college, and more or less, going on a permanent hiatus. We’ve all been close friends for quite some time now and as our musical taste expanded, we were going to shows together, and collectively starting analyzing the music we were listening to on a much deeper level than ever before. After we graduated, we started organizing “jams in the cabin” where we’d rent out a cabin for a weekend, set up a temporary studio, and create improvised music together. It wasn’t long after starting those meet-ups that we realized just how essential music was and is, in all of our lives. We moved back to Northern Virginia, where we grew up and where Surprise Attack was originally formed and have been pushing our development as hard as we can ever since.
(JBP) What are your goals in the music industry?
Our goal is to become full time musicians and to take Surprise Attack wherever in the world we can. Granted how much the music industry has been changing, we do our best to keep up with the technology and methodologies that will enable us to be competitive with the bands that are several years ahead of us. We embrace the free content model in hopes of recreating the taper vibe that surrounded The Dead and other Jam bands. As a band that revolves around the live experience and performing a unique set every night, we put a ton effort into conveying that through our content distribution.
(JBP) Do you guys have any experiences opening up for bigger bands? Or any bands you hope to share the stage with one day?
It was a really cool experience to play with Midnight North. Watching Grahame Lesh (the band’s front man and son of Phil Lesh) on stage with The Terrapin Family Band at Lockn ‘17 after opening up for his project at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA was beyond surreal. We, and every other jam band, pretty much owe our existence to the Dead, so rubbing elbows with someone who continues the Dead’s tradition of improvisational music just deepened our desire to become a part of that tradition as well.
(JBP) I have also met with Grahame; he is a treasure to this community. Where else do you take influence musically?
All of us have always been fans of older bands, as well as more contemporary music, and take tons of influences from Funk groups, Jazz artists, Rock bands, etc, but our first experiences with the Jam bands The String Cheese Incident, Phish, and The Grateful Dead iterations were extremely eye-opening. It wasn't until seeing these Jam veterans operate live, that we realized the potential for creating an exciting performance that incorporates elements from Funk, Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Latin, and Dance music. Eclectic is definitely the word that comes to mind when thinking of Surprise Attack’s taste in music and we owe that to the inspiration we've drawn from the Jam music community.
(JBP) How do you think your sound and band can evolve to become something greater and bring something fresh and original to the music scene?
The biggest focus for our music and Surprise Attack as an entity is to be as genuine and authentic as possible. We love all types of music and feel like we don't ever compromise putting out a sound that is truly us. There is also an element of eccentricity to our sound that is just different; partially because we go for so many styles, which makes it hard to pin us down as an “x” band when in comes to our catalog, but also because we're just a bit odd ourselves. I think our personality really shines through in our music, which could be refreshing in a music scene that can be pretty self-serious.
(JBP) Who is the main songwriter or is it more of a collective musical environment?
We definitely view our original works, as well as covers, as the product of a collective musical environment. A lot of the time, a member will come with a certain number of parts or ideas to a song and we will have brainstorming sessions in which the final project is envisioned. We very much so operate as a democracy and welcome all ideas and criticism towards developing the most cohesive music that we possibly can put out. Refining the songs is always an ongoing process and we use our home studio to take scratch recordings as songs are coming into being and revisit the recordings to make changes on sections as a whole, transitions, and individual parts. If someone has an idea for a certain part of a song, even if we thought it was completed a while ago, we’ll try it out and see if it fits. We're still making refinements to songs we wrote years ago.
(JBP) This album was self-produced, was this recorded in a home studio and if so, can you can you share what programs you used or experiences you had recording?
This album was indeed recorded in our home studio! For our most recent EP, Water, we used Logic on our Mac Mini after transitioning away from Ableton Live. Developing our home studio has been an adventure and a half with moving in to our first band house, acoustically treating our main room, and constantly upgrading our set up. Over the past 2 years we’ve continuously invested every bit of money we’ve made into upgrading to new, better technology and methodologies that enable us to share solid self-produced studio and live recordings with the musical community for free. The recording experience has always been extremely fulfilling for us too because we get the opportunity to come back to material we’ve been performing live and really put the polishing touches on the songs to make them whole. We are all about the live environment, but recording allows us to take things we normally experience from one perspective and dissect it from a million different ones. Then we use those new perspectives to form a new and better version of the song that we can play live.
(JBP) Have you had any wild band experiences yet?
One time, when we were supposed to play an afternoon gig for a Brewery’s anniversary party we had an extremely unfortunate series of technical difficulties. We had our PA and the stage entirely set up and were preparing for sound check when our bass player realized his electric bass wasn’t producing any sound at all. We tested a bunch of different cables and inputs devices to see if we could get any signal, but alas nothing. Fortunately our drummer lived nearby and was able to quickly grab his old beat up bass. Mind you this was like a first instrument you’ve ever had kind of bass and we were extremely unsure how it was going to sound but were VERY desperate. We plugged it in and the darn thing wasn’t producing any sound either! In a frenzy, our guitar player and bass player ran to the nearest music store to buy a bass and we were able to get our set moving just after the anticipated start time. We ended up having a great time and overcoming the stress, but we still joke about all the completely unexpected technical challenges that can kick you in the butt like having 2 basses fail on you in one day!
Thanks to Surprise Attack for taking the time to reach out and letting us interview them! If you are interested in having your album reviewed by www.jambandpurist.com contact us and we will work out an option that suites your bands needs. Who else do you want to see on JBP? Let us know.
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The Spins are an Italian Pop Rock band based in Roquebrune- Cap- Martin ,France formed by renowned female drummer Alessia Mattalia - noted for her session work with Jeff Beck and featuring on His Grammy - Award winning track “ Hammerhead”- and keyboardist and composer Marcello Giordano. The band have members from Italy, France, Estonia and England with an accomplished background in music. Bassist Mai Agan , Guitarist Ludovic Briand. And English vocalist Amy- Danielle Weston complete the line-up .
Opener Hole In The Ground is an upbeat track filled with tantalising grooves that starts with the crunching echoes of the steady rhythm of drums that leads to a funky beat before the innocuous female vocals hypnotise the listener as much as the dizzying keyboards and thick bass line that culminates in the bright guitar chords that are reminiscent of some of those early 2000’s indie bands. I feel this is good song to start the album off.
Title track Colours is a feelgood pop track with melodic male lead vocals. The song is a European tinged affair with swirling keyboards and the recognisable drumsticks that reverberate with thunderous applause, which signals the emergence of heavy power chords to produce a beautifully composed track with a string quartet and piano .The hooks and harmonious backing vocals would make this an accessible track for mainland European fans .It reminds me of a more joyous Beatles single.
I Wish You enters Eurovison territory with an energetic burst of electro pop. The intro blends a clean tone of dirty synth and huge guitar breaks that combine with plush harmonic vocals to the backbeats of crunching reverb -soaked guitar and drums that produce a hollow and aggressive overtones. This song would not feel out of place during the annual celebration of Europe’s’ favourite musical competition.
Inertia is a similar track dripping with a warm tone that leaves the listener feeling fuzzy inside. The impressive rhythm section really stands out here with almost hypnotic beats and tentative groove that leaves your head spinning. The vocal lines provide a tender timber to the programming qualities that leads me to believe it is accessible to a European market that likes upbeat pop music with an edge. The low tuned bass plods along to the overall feeling of a fun jam session.
And finally, Never Let It Go ends with a different direction. This song writing to Queen. You can see where the band get their influences. This is a stripped back acoustic track with a swinging rhythm section and syncopated beats includes a string arrangement and electric guitar lines that emphasise the shiny qualities of the bridges and chorus that produce a real feelgood sound that can only lead to places for the band.
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How the Fire started
There were 2 specific events that led up to the creation of I Am Fire! First, the death of Lemmy Kilmister (December 28th 2015), the legendary leader of the mythical hard rock group Motörhead. No more Motöthead, what?!. Second, the January 2nd 2017 “Rock Or Bust” AC/DC concert in Paris at the Stade de France. I was working late that night. As I was heading home on the subway after my shit, I was surprised (and delighted) to discover that the train was packed with AC/DC fans! Hundreds of people, of every generation wearing the band’s T-shirts and Angus Young’s flashing red plastic horns on top of their head ( I am a big AC/DC fan). I tough to myself “ Waow! These great old bands, that everyone still loves (me included), are slowly fading out of the picture and there isn’t really anyone to take over after them (Brian Johnson forced to retire for health reasons and who knows what’s happening with the guys from Motley Crüe and how long Guns’n’Roses is going to last?)! That night in Paris, on the subway heading for the suburbs, I came up with the very basic concept of I Am Fire: a modern outfit (with a double drum kick and a stronger metal sound), which sound would be influenced by all the great "classic" hard rock acts and which, like them, would aim to be a "larger than life" band. In fact, I Am Fire would like to bring "rock" and the Rock Star Concept back!
PS: I actually met Lemmy in Paris a few years ago. When I was in LA, I also met Robert Plant, Ray Manzarek, Mick Mars, Steve Harris, Rob Trujillo, Chester Bennington, etc… But that’s another story…
No, rock is not dead!!
“ROCK” IS BACK!!
“Paris is no longer the city of Love, it is now the city of Rock!” – Jeff Rocker
Did someone pull the fire alarm??. Coz we are new Paris based rock outfit I Am Fire! Our sound is influenced by all the great "classic" hard rock bands (AC/DC, Motörhead, Motley Crüe, etc...) as they are slowly disappearing... Like them, we aim to be a "larger than life" band. In fact, we'd like to bring "rock" and the rock star concept back! And, to put it bluntly, we need you to help us make I Am Fire the biggest rock act in the world!
Our 1rst single, "Die Bitch!" appears on the Dooweet Agency sampler, "Heavy Christmas", that distributed 10 000 copies. “I Am Fire” has also been included on the playlists of several internet radio (WTYT 960 USA, Q 108 Kingston, Banks Radio Australia, etc...) and in the pages of several online music magazines (Uncivil Revolt USA, White Noise Magazine etc…).
We are currently working on our next title as, our marketing creed, so far, is not to put out full albums (who ever listen to a whole album anymore?) but to release several singles every year.
I Am Fire Paris is: singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeff Rocker (Spun Smith – Henhouse Studios Records, Radio Mars - ii Music, Los Angeles, California) and french producer Seb Bonnet. (Temple Of Silence, Zuul-fx, Ego Miss Blinded, etc…) Social Media: @iamfirelive
The curtain falls! The last week of the campaign ... Another ten bands and solo artists that attracted our interest!
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Sir Video is the brand new project from songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Timmy Sean. After releasing what was called "one of the decade's most impressive pop discs" (Absolute Pop) with his debut solo album, Timmy Sean began work on a synthpop record under the pseudonym, Sir Video. After inviting some of his friends to join in on the project in the summer of 2015, Sir Video soon evolved into a full-fledged 9-piece band, featuring some of the most accomplished young musicians in Los Angeles.
The Bergamot is an American indie-folk-rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The two founding members and songwriters of The Bergamot are husband and wife Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece. The band formed in 2009 by lead guitarist/vocalist Nathaniel Hoff and lead vocalist Jillian Speece in college at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). After college Hoff and Speece began touring America extensively sharing their positive music and vibes with their fans. In 2012 The Bergamot won the Bud Light Battle of the Bands and it helped them gain international notoriety.
Created in 2017, The Nobody Else inspired by various pop-rock's group and mouvement pretend to create a new style of music mixing those influences under the name of BIG POP. Distributed by the " Big Pop Records" label (a brand of the MUST FACTORY). The first LP realized in September under the name of "Be" is the first of a trilogy and show the panel of possibilities we can produced with this new pop art's style.. We are now preparing the live and the second LP "In" for the spring. So please spend a moment with us.. Be You and NOBODY ELSE.. We are the nobody else ..Live & Enjoy
Formed in late 2010, original members, guitarist Ricky Dunn and drummer Mike Burt started to form a vision and create the foundation of the bands mission. Along with a lot of song ideas... Thin Clouds was born among them but it just wasn't clicking. 2013 enter vocalist Krystle Pyette and the tumblers all fell into place. She was the power punch and collaborator the songs needed.
When an experienced funk outfit adopts a young singer with a golden voice...that is the new UGU formula. After their first album "Street Talk" in 2010, Urban Groove Unit took a big turn by joining forces with Laetitia N'Diaye (Liz McComb), one of the hottest talents on the soul scene in France today. Check it out!
Australia's own Rock/Roots larrikin; Asa Broomhall is about to give us his 5th independent album; ‘Jangle House’. Recorded in an iconic old Guitar Shop in Brisbane over the Easter 2011 break, ‘Jangle House’ was truly a labour of love. Recording in a historically musical place was just one reason for creating this album, as Asa's brothers house where previous albums had been recorded/mixed and where the studio was located was consumed by the January 2011 floods, and was subsequently condemned and demolished.
Hi! My name is Emmeline (rhymes with "Clemetine"), but you can call me Em.
Faintheart hails from the Sunshine State of Kansas. The Fly Over States. The Midwest. Faintheart's style combines the midwest upbringing to create emotive, introspective indie rock. That’s polished. With the release of their Self Titled EP it shows that Faintheart is here to deliver emotion, stories, authenticity, and ask a few questions along the way. Drawing from influences such as Death Cab For Cutie, The Killers, and Copeland the group culminates this sound with their first release to create art that hopefully impacts others as much as others have impacted Faintheart.
In 2011 Darren's focus changed and on top of playing tirelessly, he turned to writing, finding a new form of expression. On the first album “Something with Friends” as a listener you will experience some of the monumental moments, relationships and experiences that have challenged, inspired and defined Darren. Not only does Darren have a knack at capturing these pivotal moments, but his writing invites listeners in and allows them to relate with their own life altering experiences and relationships.
Caterina J is a musician and actress from Chile based in NY since 2006. She started playing the piano when she was 7 years old and writing her songs at 12. She moved to NY to study performing arts in 2006 at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts after her film debut in Chile "Kiltro". In 2014 she began her own band, conformed by Seba Achaval on the bass, Pablo Eluchans on the drums and Gavi Grodsky on the guitar and performs regularly in venues such as Nublu, The Bowery Electric and The Bitter End. In April 2016, she released her first album called "I Confess" combining jazz, blues, pop and rock elements. It's now available on Itunes and Spotify.
Over 2,254 Submissions and 1,087,401 Fans Reached and still counting.
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Her newest single was the number the 2 added song for radio play lists the week of May 14, 2013. Her song “See Me Now” spent 17 weeks on the charts with a high of 18.
In a unique style combining alt-rock, classic rock and bossa nova influences, Peter Galperin writes and performs songs about the people, places, and things that he loves. With equal parts humor, skepticism, and honesty, he admits to what he doesn't understand, and questions what he already knows. According to Robert Steven Silverstein at Music Web Express 3000 Peter is “the spirit of Paul Simon at his most folk-rockingest”, and ventsmagazine.com hails Galperin as"...uplifting, thought provoking... and overly eccentric (in a good way)."
AV Super Sunshine is the name of a group, of a person and, most certainly, of a sound.
Born and raised in Northeastern PA, Chris began playing music initially as a drummer, he learned his craft on Friday and Saturday nights in the hard nosed, coal region pubs scattered throughout once vibrant towns, abandoned anthracite breakers haunting their outskirts. The bar stools were mostly occupied by tough, working class people, known for their blunt honesty but good intent. It’s that “hardness with a big heart” attitude that Chris would later carry into his songwriting. His teens and early 20’s were spent playing alongside his father and older brother, traveling with other regional acts, culminating with a stint drumming for Vince Welnick of The Tubes and The Grateful Dead.
Chemical Trails is a band born from the partnership of Adrien Liss (Lead singer,songwriter and producer) and the bassist Josh De Mita . After many experiences in the music, we decided to start working on our own project. We have worked on it for 3 years, getting over lot of troubles, producing and writing all the music instruments parts,arrangements and editing by our own. In the beginning of 2012 Adrien and Josh decided to broke for broke moving to London where other musicians joined the project.
Durty Curty's front man Curtis Wicks is an independent singer and songwriter from Badgers Quay, Newfoundland, Canada. His music is written from his own life experiences and touches the heart of all who hear it. Together with his friends and fellow musicians he rocks the house wherever he plays. The result is a totally unique genre of new rock music, with a country feel.
I started playing guitar in 1989. Wrote my first song "The Direction That I Took" in 1995 when I was only thirteen years old. After that, the songs started pouring out of me. I lost count somewhere ...
Hailing from Norman Oklahoma, he released the Try Me On EP during the fall of 2014, at just the age of 18. After a random email and multiple phone calls later, Pennington would wind up finding help to begin his musical journey through Oklahoma City based singer/songwriter, Graham Colton. The two collaborated through many sessions to find a style that could fit, and through trial and error, Try Me On EP was written. In June of 2016 he plans to get back into the studio and begin the process of a follow up to the Try Me On EP.
The band has sold out Hollywood's The Troubadour ,The Whisky ,The House of Blues and opened up for Jefferson Starship at The Canyon Club. Playing driving Rock music like they were raised in the 70’s, they have made a name for themselves in Hollywood’s most sort out rock clubs. Their EP entitled Melted Vinyl has been played on numerous radio stations including the Famous 95.5 KLOS in Southern California. They Have also been featured in the Huffington Post and will have 2 of their songs in Sony's upcoming Film Accident Man.
Since 2005 Altre di B has played hundreds of gigs all over Europe, carrying around a lively and energetic sound inspired by bands such as TV on the Radio and the Vines.
Come one, come all! Seriously...this place can fit 85 people, and I accept that challenge! I would be incredibly honored to have you come see me perform all of my new songs off of my unreleased album with the most unbelievable band backing me up! Please join me at Hotel Cafe this coming Saturday the 14th at 9pm sharp. I hope to see you there!
Olivia Henry - Hotel Cafe Second Stage
Featuring Olivia Henry
Apr 14, 2018 9:00 PM
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Service Charge: $2.50
Pre-Sales Close Apr 14, 2018 6:00 PM
Talent: Olivia Henry
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The Hotel Café
1623 Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
The Hotel Cafe is located in the middle of Hollywood on Cahuenga Blvd, between Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd. Cahuenga blvd is 3 blocks west of Vine Street.
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Olivia Henry grew up in Los Angeles, singing and writing poems. At an early age, she began classical vocal training with a Belgian Opera singer, and furthered her training in jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre. While attending CalArts conservatory Olivia sustained a debilitating back injury, and due to her immobility, began teaching herself piano and put music to her lyrics. She has since written dozens of songs, self released her debut EP Sessions in 2014, and is thrilled to be releasing her first full length album produced by Doug Makuta (Timbaland’s publishing imprint ole-Bluestone) this summer.
Limberlost is a Female fronted Power Rock band from the Pacific Northwest Formed in late 2010, original members, guitarist Ricky Dunn and drummer Mike Burt decided to form a band that would make powerful lyrics and create magical music. The band released Thin Cloud, but felt there were missing pieces to the jigsaw. This all changed in 2013 when vocalist Krystle Pyette joined the band to create a balance in range and writing lyrics. The band was finally completed in 2016 with the addition of Bassist Ben Beman In Late 2016 after several single releases working with producer/engineer David Smith from Crash Bang Booom Productions. The band finished as runner up in the 2016 Seattle Wave Radio Jamming Challenge at the Hard Rock Café, as well as runners- ups in the 2017 Puget Sound Battle of the Band, alongside an appearance in the 105.3FM Local Music Project. Cirke Cherokee, a finalist in the Danish XFactor joined the team las year to provide depth and a dynamic to the band.
Limberlost are a mix of alternative rock, powerful vocals and guitar- driven rock. The band have released a succession of singles that listeners can find via Reverbnation and Soundcloud.
The opening sounds of drums that reverberate inside your temples of Long Shadows sets the tone for a beautiful 80’s-style hard rock track accompanied by the enchanting pinched harmonics of Dunn and Pyette’s impressive range that switches gears is an all-round rocker with huge riffs.
Thin Clouds is the group’s revised version of their first single. The listener gets an earlier example of the chemistry between vocalists - Krystel Pyette and Cirke Cherokee. This is a more up-tempo blues track with elements of gospel and soul. The women croon in tandem to the back outlay of fast guitars and catchy hooks.
Babylon is a soulful crooner with a tight rhythm section that slithers along with every breath expressed by the ever more strong vocal lines of Pyette. The addition of a keyboard solo is reminiscent of classic 70’s rock.
Not My Own is an anthemic track stocked full of raw emotion and atmospheric music that creates a picture of someone reaching out alone. This is a track that appeals to the more sensitive fans of ballads.
And Finally, The heavy hitting Hands up. A song full of tantalising groove, sensual vocals and hypnotic riffs. This could easily be the breakthrough hit for Limberlost
https://www.limberlostmusic.com/ The official site includes tour dates, photo’s, videos’ music and merchandise. An assessable site for any fan.
https://www.facebook.com/limberlost/ This is another professional effort with colourful pics, information about the music, videos and tour dates.
https://twitter.com/limberlost_band A nicely designed page with a black and white header that instantly reflects the music of limberlost. This page provides regular updates of tours and music.
https://www.instagram.com/limberlostmusic/ This site provides an in- depth look at the band backstage.
Please be sure to join the group at Louie G’s on April 6th in Fife, WA
How did the band come to meet The Old School Project?
“We actually submitted in the first Reverbnation campaign that The Old School Project did and were fortunate enough to be in their top 10 to earn a roster spot!”
Could you introduce yourselves to the Old School Project Listeners and new readers?
“Hello TOSP Listeners!! We are Limberlost, an original female fronted rock band from the Seattle area in Washington State, USA. We consist of Krystle Pyette on lead vocals, Cirke Cherokee on Backing Vocals, Ricky Dunn on lead Guitar, Ben Bemen on Bass Guitar, Mike Burt on Drums and Raymond Hayden on Keys.”
How did Limberlost form? And what was your inspirations to create the band?
“In late 2010, Mike and Ricky found each other on Craigslist looking to form an original song writing band. They went through a couple of false starts and then in 2013 they met up with Krystle who was leading Worship at a church they were attending. After a little while of playing together for the church, they along with their original bassist, Daniel, started to work together on writing material. In early 2016 they went into the studio with the first single Thin Clouds and it was shortly after that, that Daniel left the group. Along came Ben and then things just blew up from there. We added Keyboards in November 2016 and currently are blessed to have Raymond Hayden working with us and a year later came Cirke. We couldn’t be more excited about our future as a band!!”
How would you describe your sound to people unfamiliar with your music?
“It’s got elements of classic 80s 90s rock, maybe a Heart meets Zeppelin meets Deep Purple? Powerful Female vocal, guitar driven hooks and tenacious grooves!”
You want to write and produce great music with powerful lyrics, could you explain what inspires you to write?
“We have what we refer to as a “Mosaic” writing approach. In other words, everybody is encouraged in the writing process. A majority of our lyrics to date have come from Krystle and Mike. Each has written several of our current songs and can give something personal that drove the lyric. However, Ricky drives most of the melodies. The stuff we are currently working on now has some new twists with Ben, Cirke and Ray’s contributions. It’s cool because each song so far has been very unique. It just seems to come together in different ways.”
What message do you hope to make through your music?
“Hope! That grace exists and every day is yours to live so make it count!”
What tends to be your writing process?
“ We love playing together, so again it just happens. Good Chemistry along with a serious approach to one’s music, creates a pretty fertile field for creativity”
You have finished runner- up in several high profile competitions such as the 2016 Seattle wave radio jamming challenge at hard rock café , 2017 sound of the bands, and a finalist at 105.3fm local music project, how has this experience impacted on the band’s performances?
“Wow, yes we tend to be really good at second place…lol… The fact that our band has done so well so quickly has given us a lot of confidence to push forward and not spend a lot of time second guessing. Our fans have been great in supporting us and to be recognized not just as a good act but to have good songs is really humbling. It just makes us try to raise the bar every time we hit the stage.”
Limberlost will be embarking on a tour across the pacific northwest, what is a typical show from the band, and what are you looking forward the most about it?
“We love to play and to create new fans so getting out of our own area is an exciting prospect. We will also be travelling occasionally with our really good friends and super talented band Strangely Alright in 2018 so we are just eager to see what kind of fun and shenanigans we will be able to stir up together”.
Last summer, Limberlost added Danish X Factor finalist Cirke Cherokee as a back up vocalist. What impact has this had on the band’s overall sound?
“She has made a huge impact. Krystle has an incredible voice. Beautiful balance of range, control and power. Add Cirke, who has very similar strengths, and these two will blow your hair back.”
What is the meaning behind the band’s name?
“Limberlost comes from the story about the Limberlost swamp in Indiana that Ricky’s grandmother told him when she referred to the woods behind their house. The story was the legend of a man who was lost in the swamp and gave his will up to the Lord to find his way out and was lead to walk in a straight line which lead him out of the darkness. It also dove tails with a story Krystle read called The Girl of the Limberlost. And we also thought it sounded cool!”
How difficult is it for a band to break into today’s music industry?
“Extremely! First you have to find a bunch of super talented folks who all want to play together and work really hard and sacrifice almost everything. Then they have to write really good songs and keep sacrificing. There is SO much content bombarding the internet anymore that it is really hard to stick out. So if you are doing this to get rich…quit….lol. No seriously, you better love doing this and love the people you are doing it for and cherish the ones you are blessed to do it with. Write great songs! Be Consistent in all your efforts!!! HAVE FRIGGEN FUN!!!!!”
Can fans look forward to any new material?
“We are always writing!! We have a new one “See What You Want” that will be released in a couple months. A new cover that we are going to actually license and release in early summer and several in the hopper. Along with the release of all our material to date on one album titled “Limberlost Vol. 1” coming very soon.”
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
The Ides of June has shaped its sound by combining the tastes and styles of its member's four distinct backgrounds.
With rock solid percussion stemming from that So-Cal/Grunge scene (and just a taste of west coast hip hop) meshed with the heavy, psychedelic riffs indicative of 90s grunge and modern stoner rock you get just half of the sound. Throw in some traditional blues melded with newer blues/rock guitar solos and the thunderous blues rock bass lines (occasionally thickened by fuzz that would make Chris Wolstenholme proud) and you get the completed grunge blues sound that is The Ides of June.
War Twins has become known for their dynamic live set full of passionate energy, rock n' roll soul and deep electronics. A growing buzz has taken them from their hometowns on the east coast to a string of successful nationwide tours and their new home in Los Angeles.
The duo was founded by singer/songwriter Gaetana and drummer/producer James Grey. Beginning in early 2013, the band built a bed in the back of a ‘98 Plymouth Voyager, and promoted their first demo on a tour that took them to over eighty cities. Since, they've performed close to 500 shows across the country to date.
Most recently, War Twins has supported international acts such as Wolf Alice, Alien Ant Farm and Filter, with additional performances at SXSW, Catskill Chill, Slingshot and other festivals.
The Strips began their rock n' roll career in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 2013 where they came together due to their love of music and incredibly cold winters, which allowed them to spend hours fine tuning their sound. Starting out as a three piece band which included Trey Sharpe on rhythm guitar and vocals, Steven Greenfield on lead guitar, and John "The Panda" Nichols on the drums. In the summer of 2014, The Strips became a four piece with the addition of Billy Hettler on bass and keyboards. Taking inspiration from rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, Kings of Leon, The Strokes, The Pixies, and The Black Keys, The Strips performed classic "Basement Shows" for their friends and students of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. The Strips released their first EP "Welcome to Our Basement" in the fall of 2014 where you can hear their unique sound.
Stolen Thunder is a four-piece alternative rock band formed in Santa Barbara, California, in 2011. Early influences range from Queen to Metallica to Alice in Chains.
The band practiced for years at Rockshop Academy, under the direction of George Pendergast of Dishwalla. Stolen Thunder went on to win the most votes in a VH1 nationwide music video contest (for dosomething.org) challenging the lack of funding for music in our public schools. No stranger to live audiences, the band has performed at such notable venues as Rockstock 2013 & 2014, the Arlington Theater, Ojai Libbey Bowl, the Lobero Theater, Cold Spring Tavern, Whisky-a-Go-Go, House of Blues and Hard Rock Cafe.
From blistering renditions of blues-infused rock to sublime vintage blues, and everything in between, Ryder Green captivates audiences with his virtuoso guitar and passion for playing. His distinctive tone, infectious original songs and vocals, and attention-grabbing covers ignite crowds of all ages.
He can deliver a stunningly raw emotional blues solo, or a hard-driving rendition of Freddie King’s “Going Down” that has become a signature number for him. Unleashing masterful journeys up and down the neck reminiscent of those that have come before him, he is yet unquestioningly playing from his own heart and soul. In the zone on stage, all eyes and ears become riveted.
Highly intuitive and perceptive, he loves playing off the energy of other musicians. Bringing a turbo-boosted “old soul” vibe to the stage, he’s known for outstanding improvisational skills on the fly.
Ryan Berg & The Velvet Ears are an acoustic driven Blues/Jazz band from Dallas Texas. The project began when singer-songwriter Ryan Berg moved back to his hometown from San Marcos, Texas. Shortly after, Ryan began playing duos around the metroplex with lead guitarist, Glen Fleischman throughout 2014 when they met drummer, Charles Alexander. Since then, The Velvet Ears expanded it's perimeters by collaborating with local artists like Nick Snyder, Patrick Smith, Matt McClellan, Kirk Hampton, as well as Austin, Texas band, The Mammoths. In 2016 The Velvet Ears began working with Ken Welker of 13th Floor Music, DFW booking agency. In the Summer of 2017 Ryan Berg & The Velvet Ears were pleased to announce the release of their debut full-length album titled "The Velvet Ears".
Georgia-based BJ Wilbanks's authentic exploration of love and the pursuit of enlightenment has been referred to as “Back Porch Soul,” fusing the musical roots of Americana, Motown and Delta Blues into an intoxicating blend of Southern Rock.
BJ's solo work explores the intimate, raw, emotional feeling of the gospel, blues, and 70s rock he was raised on as a child. BJ has also been enjoying regional popularity with his band, Gibson Wilbanks, who have opened for artists like Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, and Diane Durrett.
BJ’s gregarious personality is palpable on record, often channeling other charismatic musical personalities like Otis Redding, Sturgill Simpson and current retro revivalists like Leon Bridges. His self-titled album, BJ Wilbanks (released April 28th) captures the refined analogue production qualities of yesteryear, complete with swampy southern bass and Stax-inspired horn sections. It is of a reminiscent of bygone era when music was so good, it transcended genre.
“The best music brings the most unlikely people together,” BJ asserts. “It's music from the soul.”
Three-time San Diego Music Award winner Low Volts is giving the music world a much needed shock to the heart with his fuzzed-out, one-man, dirty blues-rock n’ roll performances. Armed with only a gritty old slide-guitar, thunderous kick drum laden with tambourines and dark, howling vocals, Low Volts creates a thick and heavy sound equivalent to the force of a four-piece band. Great-grandson of a traveling gospel singer who was framed for murder and sentenced to the ELECTRIC CHAIR, Low Volts would not exist today if it wasn’t for a key witness that helped pardon his distant kin in the final hours of his uncertain fate. Doc wrote and published a book about his story titled 'Up From The Depths' "The Miracle that saved me from the electric chair". This is the story that inspired the stage moniker 'LOW VOLTS'.
The Hawkeyes of Pittsburgh PA are one of the fastest growing bands in the Mid-Atlantic region, forging an honest and unique sound with a pure blend of Heartland rock, Rustbelt grit, and Americana soul. The band puts on an incredibly exciting live show displaying a full-throated passionate sound, unforgettable songs, and pure rock n roll swagger.
The Hawkeyes have logged thousands of miles nationally for the past 4 years and have shared stages with such household names such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Marcy Playground, Lit, Blackberry Smoke, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Bob Mould (Husker Du), Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, The Clarks, Bonnie Bishop, Puddle of Mudd, Two Cow Garage and Wild Adriatic.
The Hawkeyes are currently working on their 3rd full-length record with acclaimed producer Sean McDonald at Red Medicine Recording Studio (the Clarks, the Damnwells, Cowboy Junkies).
The four brave souls that make up Kenny Hada and The Others were brought together by the passion and drive of their fearless leader, Kenny Hada. After years of observation Kenny came to the conclusion that he had something to say and that if he was going to say it loud enough he needed a select group of talented and likewise driven individuals. After scouring his vast network of artists and players, each possessing a supernatural gift to make music he scraped the bottom of the barrel and came up with The Others.
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The songs written are meant to reach people where they are with not only words, but what is meant to be an emotional, moving, and connecting sound. The end goal is to relate to people, and create an avenue of hope, through music. JUDE has recently released their debut EP, "The Heart" recorded at Black Cat Studios in Griffin, GA, and hopes to release their follow up EP within the next year.
Dear Tatiana are an alternative band hailing from Orlando, Florida. Heavily influenced by acts such as Childish Gambino, Kanye West, Air Dubai, and Chance The Rapper- they blend rap groove and a pop punk attitude into a sound unlike anything you’ve heard before.
Piper, growing up in a small Kansas town, was drawn to music as a child influenced by her mother, an inspirational top-ten recording artist that toured most of Piper's childhood. Her own career began at fifteen as an actress and singer on the Disney sponsored sitcom iShine Knect. Since then she has been featured in numerous tv shows, podcasts, movies, America's Got Talent and has played concerts all over the United States, Canada and Africa.
Born in Birmingham Alabama, Bob's Family relocted to Mobile when he was 3. This surrounding led to a southern rock influence, a love of good food, people, and the gulf. Bob returned to Birmingham for college and heard a lot of the great bands from that area. After college he moved to Orlando Florida and with help of good friend Scott Tyler, Bob released his first album "Diamonds and Dead Roses", a blend of country, blues, and rock.
Since 2008, FIRKIN has played over 500 concerts in 16 countries – CAN, FR, UK, CH, ES, NL, BE, DE, IT, AT, CZ, PL, SK, RO, UA, HU. Within 8 years Firkin has become one of the best headliner acts of small and medium-sized festivals and a frequently requested band by major festivals – Wacken W:O:A, Summer Breeze, Rockharz, Sziget Festival, Palace of Arts, among others.
Emmy-Nominated Artist // Award-Winning Songwriter. Shaun Barrowes has toured Europe and North America, raised over $300,000 for music programs in schools, and performed with Imagine Dragons, Lindsey Stirling, Brian McKnight, Janelle Monae, and many others. Nominated for an Emmy for his TV show, "Vivir Bailando" and his musical performance with Mandy Moore, "Army of Kings".
Singer/songwriter Nicholas Wells found his passion at a young age. As a product of writing music for over fifteen years, Nicholas holds a collection of many inspiring original songs about life and love. An identifying characteristic of his piano based music is his memorable melodies, which evoke as much emotion as his lyrics.
In 2005, at age seventeen, Nicholas released his first official self-produced album entitled "This Life". With an interest in production as well as songwriting, he attended the Studio Production program at the conservatory of music at Purchase College.
We are a neo-roots music outfit. From Rock to Rockabilly, Bluegrass to Blues we like to pull from traditional genres to blur the fine lines of modern music. "Frontman Jeff Selby and a revolving cast of musicians have distilled the multi-genre sounds of a beachfront music festival into a remarkably cohesive live set, with hints of bluegrass, folk, and rock in a style that would be pigeonholed as “jam” if the songwriting wasn’t so explicitly pop-oriented" says Dave Fox of MUSIC WITHOUT LABELS.
KILEZA is an Indie-Pop singer-songwriter who calls the world home. Born and raised in South Africa she's lived and performed in Argentina, Canada, and is now situated in Berlin, Germany.
Acoustic alt-rock with guitar distortion in the right places, at the right time. Like The National on steroids, or Slipknot if they could just stop being so angry. Heavily inspired by cult cinema.
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Carey Frank, interim keyboardist for Tedeschi Trucks Band and other various projects has released his album, Something To Remember Him By. From Tedeschi Trucks Band to playing at Disney, Carey is a rising talent not only in the jam band world but the music business, as a whole.
I had no idea what to expect when I put on Something To Remember Him By and was surprised to hear jazz standards and exceptionally skilled keyboard and guitar work. With guitarist Bruce Forman, Carey lays down, not only the melody but also the bass lines on his Hammond Organ. I had to think twice when I heard it at first to make sure that there wasn’t a bassist sitting in.
Carey and Bruce work seamlessly together as a symbiotic team. Carey, much like an octopus behind the keys, leads the way while Bruce, sprinkles a mix of jazz and rock themes with exceptional phrasing. This album is extremely listenable and expresses the eclectic style that Carey produces. We had a chance to sit down with Carey and talk about improvisation, studio vs. live performance, and various other experiences in the interview below.
Jam Band Purist-What have been some of your most thrilling experiences working as a musician?
Carey Frank-Of course my work with Tedeschi Trucks Band has been one of the most thrilling experiences. I’ve been listening to Derek Trucks for years. One of the first albums I stole from my mom’s collection was actually a Derek Trucks Band album. Also getting to hang a lot with Dr. Lonnie Smith is pretty thrilling. Living in LA, I’m always running into musical idols. And before I moved to LA, I lived in Orlando, FL and worked at Walt Disney World theme parks and that was its own thrilling experience. I’m a huge Disney nut so I was in heaven.
JBP-In your personal music style, do you use a lot of improvisation?
CF-Totally! If I really need to, I can play specific parts the exact same way every time, like I did when I worked at Walt Disney World and the few other pop gigs I’ve done, but it’s really hard for me to play the same thing twice. Even a familiar song/melody is played a bit different and improvised every time. It’s like telling a story to someone…you never say it the same way. Even if you say the exact same words and sentences, you may phrase it differently, emphasize different words, use different dynamics…I love working off the audience. That always really influences the way I improvise from night to night.
JBP-What’s it like working with some of the jam band world’s biggest acts? (TTB-Hot Tuna)
CF-Once you get over the star struck feeling, it’s like playing with any other great band. It’s so fun to play in bands that allow each member to do their own thing and take musical chances. And I really love the audiences! There is so much positive energy and all they want to do is hear good music and feel good energy which really makes any musician play his or her best.
JBP-I can tell from your album ‘Something To Remember Him By’ that you are influenced by jazz, but what other music has inspired you in your career?
CF-I grew up listening to jazz, of course, but also have always loved rock, movie soundtracks, classical music…I specifically listened to a lot of Billy Joel, Beatles, Disney movie soundtracks, John Williams, Queen, John Mayer, Debussy…
JBP-The album is just you and Bruce Forman on guitar, but it feels like there is a lot more going on. Did you play the bass lines and melody?
CF-I played bass using the Hammond organ. It’s a mix of using foot pedals and my left hand. That’s the great thing about that instrument. It can be so soft and subtle and fill in those nice spaces or it can be the big powerhouse showoff instrument taking the place of a full 12-piece horn section in addition to taking over the bassist’s spot. One of the many goals of this album was to fool the listener into forgetting there was no drummer or bassist.
JBP-Do you prefer studio work vs. live performances? How has each furthered your career as a musician?
CF-I’d love to do more studio work. Both are really different mindsets and I love both but, right now, the majority of my work is playing live which means a lot of late nights and hauling a lot of heavy organs and keyboards and amps all over town. A big thing that helped my career was when I started bringing a GoPro to a handful of my gigs and posting my solos on social media. That’s how I’ve become more well known and how I’ve gotten some bigger gigs.
JBP-Any recent projects that you would like to promote besides the album? What’s next?
CF-My band, Strangers On a Saturday Night, has a new album coming out on February 14th and we’re doing a show that night at The Blue Whale in Downtown LA. It’s an organ trio featuring me, Will Brahm and Jamey Tate, and vocalist Jane Monheit sang on a few tracks. Another organ trio I’m in, The White Blinds, just got signed to F Spot Records and we will be in the studio next month and releasing our album over the summer. I’m part of many different groups around town and always posting about where I’m playing and any new music I’m releasing on my Website and Facebook!
JBP-Is there a story behind the album’s title?
CF-As you know, the album is dedicated to my grandfather and singer, Don Cornell. Bruce played his 1938 Gibson L5 on the album and all of the tracks (except for one original composition I dedicated to my grandmother Iris) were songs my grandfather used to sing and record regularly. Don had an album entitled “Something To Remember Me By” so I thought it best to title mine “Something To Remember Him By.”
JBP-Being on the road, I’m sure you have seen some pretty wild stuff; any crazy experiences you’ve been dying to share?
CF-Honestly, I haven’t seen many crazy things on the road. It’s not usually what it’s like in the movies. There were a few times when I lived in Orlando that I played at a nudist colony, which was pretty crazy and what you might expect. Also, one time I was touring with Lucy Woodward and we had a night off so the band went to see a movie. At some point during the movie, I put my popcorn on the empty seat next to me then, 10 minutes later, the guy sitting on the next seat over started eating my popcorn. Lucy and I couldn’t stop laughing during the rest of the movie. Other than that, the crazy experiences are getting to perform with some of my longtime idols.