Live Music Fans,
We had a wonderful show with the fantastic Queen of Michigan’s Folk Scene, May Erlewine, last Friday Night and I now know why she won the “Peoples Choice” award at the recent Moab Folk Fest. She was certainly treated like Folk Royalty by the more-than-packed house. May is a beautiful loving spirit with amazing original songs that she performs with great skill. Adorable. And, she had a lot more fans by the end of her show. Looking forward to her next visit. She became a fast favorite of the old music room.
Now, it’s on to the next shows with two completely “Non Folk” genres. It starts on Wednesday with the first visit of a “Neo-Psychedelic-Pop” band from Seattle. Expect a big original sound from this talented 5-piece act. You can read much more about the band below. And check out their videos and then come out and hear their music live; the best way.
Then, on Friday Night we get to rock out more with our favorite local teen band, Sleepy Justice. The young players have been amazing us with their musical skills for the past few years. They have played Jazz Aspen and 5Point Film Fest local gigs and many more. Catch them before they finish high school and go on to other musical adventures. They are well worth the effort. Skills way beyond their years. This is a “grown up” rock/blues band who know how to bring it. Check em out.
See you at the shows!!
DECEMBER 11TH – WEDNESDAY NIGHT – GENERAL MOJO’S FLOWER POWER BAND FROM SEATTLE – 8:30PM – http://generalmojos.com/
Biography – On their new EP All of the Greats, Seattle, WA psych-pop acolytes General Mojo’s manage to cram a vision-quests’ worth of soaring vocal harmonies, multicolored oil-drip synth lines, and shimmering fuzz-guitar wash into a concise – and incredibly compelling – journey. Reach out and take their hands, and they’ll lead you into a world where everything is just a little more colorful (and quite a lot groovier.) In 2012 Dune Butler had a vision; craft a sound that was psychedelic yet deeply melodic, firmly grounded in pop with its head floating well above the clouds. Recruiting guitarist David Salonen, drummer Sam Veatch, keyboardist Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews, and vocalist Tekla Waterfield into the fold, they set out as General Mojo’s Key Project.
It soon became clear that their sonic vision demanded a full-time co-lead vocalist. Kate Copeland filled that role. The success of their first tour – in support of eponymously titled General Mojo’s Key Project -cemented the foundation of what would evolve into their signature tone. That sound continued to bloom on their follow up release, How Hollow a Heart. Not long after the record was tracked, Copeland returned to her home city of New York, NY to pursue a solo career, and the band elected to drop “Key Project” from their title. Prominent Seattle artist Heather Thomas sashayed into the co-vocalist role, and brought her percussion gear along for the ride.
Written around the Pacific Northwest, All of the Greats was tracked at Electrokitty in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. It was produced by General Mojo’s, recorded by Garrett Reynolds, and mastered by Levi Seitz of Blackbelt Mastering. While the record broadly deals with the transient nature of existence, the title track in particular resonates (so much so that it’s the focus of the bands breathtaking, deeply inspiring video). “There’s a beautiful book called Desert by graphic novelist Travis Rommeriem that inspired us” says Thomas. “It addresses mortality and other planes of existence in a way that felt like a psychedelic trip. It was a way of coping with the loss of some very important people, and recognizing “all of the greats have gone to space”. You have your time to do what you are going to do and then you’re going to leave behind whatever you created.”
In the last few months the band has released their new EP and numerous music videos, including a live video collaboration with guitarist Andy Coe and organist Delvon Lamarr.Resurgence isn’t a term to take lightly, particularly in music; it takes more than one band to bring back an entire sound. The application for a psychedelic pop “resurgence”, though, has been developing a more convincing case file with acts like The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and Animal Collective fronting a renaissance of familiar soundscapes that recall the tradition of long haired frontmen making fuzzy yet catchy rock sounds.
Since 2012, General Mojo’s has been moving forward with that application, providing an American Northwest-spin on the music of a regrettably bygone era.
Starting as a cast of friends playing in Seattle’s DIY scene, Dune Butler had used the forming of a psych rock band as the start to the sound he was dreaming to accomplish after spending time with the folk / country act BLVD Park. After recruiting guitarist David Salonen, drummer Sam Veatch and finally keyboardist Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews into the fold, they set out as General Mojo’s Key Project. Their first show was in the basement of 5010 house, and in their first instrumental track “Free Sound Paradox”, they laid out what their sound was going to be: simultaneous waves of psychedelic and melodic, bouncy and heavy, down-home and interstellar.
They were to be a four piece with featured vocals, then provided by Tekla Waterfield (also formerly of BLVD Park) in tracks such as “Chandelier”, which calmly strolls along in straight lines of elegant verse-chorus, and “The Jeannie Suite”, which evolves and grows and references back to the song’s past– something more akin to a rock opera.
The four Key members began to share space, and in living together grew chemistry and developed the need and love of vocal harmonizations that would require a full time co-lead. This lead, first provided by Kate Ettinger, opened doors for the band’s sound and allowed their first tour (in support of their first record, then-eponymously titled General Mojo’s Key Project) to form the foundation of what would evolve into their signature tone.
This sound continued to grow and was more prominently featured in their second and most recent record, How Hollow a Heart. Thanks to Ettinger’s vocals and sound wizard Jeffrey Marshall’s mixing and mastering, HHAH was released as a statement of the band’s forthcoming prominence. With tracks such as “The Valley”, “Geese on the Lawn” and “Don’t Feed the Birds”, the band developed a more driving and full sound that expanded on their first record’s duality of experimentation and practicality. Not long after HHAH was tracked Ettinger returned to her home city of New York, NY to fulfill her solo career, and the band elected to drop “Key Project” from their title, leaving simply General Mojo’s (they kept the apostrophe, don’t forget it).
Now in the wake of the aforementioned second album, General Mojo’s is creating an even more locked down groove with newest addition Heather Thomas, who provides non-traditional accompaniment as a vocal lead with percussion and floor tom positioned front and center of the stage. In the face of changes and evolutions and turns not unfamiliar to any newer band, General Mojo’s stage presence has remained steady in the face of a shifting city and scene. On top of the latest tour, the band is also writing and working on their third record, which promises to be the most mature iteration of their sound yet.
Despite their light hearted approach to stage presence and style, GM provides a serious sound, collecting the hook-laden melodies and complex lucid solo sections reminiscent of Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, or (bringing it back to the whole resurgence conversation) something like Temples. Bringing together Butler with his Thunderbird, Salonen with his Telecaster, Vanderbilt-Mathews dual-playing a Nord and Juno 106, Veatch and Thomas holding it down with drum / percussive elements, and the whole group chiming in on elaborate and alluring harmonies to accompany Butler and Thomas’ lead vocals, it’s exciting to see: General Mojo’s plays both the loose and groovy rock you remember and a buttoned down psychedelic sound you’ve never experienced before.
DECEMBER 13TH – FRIDAY NIGHT – LOCAL ROCK BAND SLEEPY JUSTICE RETURNS – 8:30PM – www.sleepyjusticemusic.com
“Sleepy Justice is a 5 piece Alternative Rock Band from Carbondale Colorado. The group started jamming out as young kids and eventually began to play gigs as a cover band. Sleepy Justice has since branched into an original sound with hints of Jazz, Blues, Rock and much more. Huge amounts of inspiration can be drawn from artists like Gary Clark Jr., Frank Ocean, and John Mayer, among many others. The release of the two song EP, Another Night, is just the beginning of many more songs to come in the future. Sleepy Justice is available for public and private shows.”
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon