Twiddle, a Vermont based quartet, spins tall tales over an intricate soundscape of hi-def shred. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up jazz, classical, and bluegrass, but above all, masterfully blends reggae and funk. Obliterating laws of improvisation, their complex arrangements never fail to leave crowds lusting for more. With sage songwriting and unmatched variety, Twiddle's thrilling infancy will surely exceed all expectation.
After whimsically jamming in the fall of 2004, the founding members of Twiddle immediately recognized chemistry and a common seriousness. By the second semester at Castleton State, Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey were already intertwining harmony and fantasy, birthing Twiddle staples like 'Frankenfoote' and 'Gatsby the Great'. Brook Jordan, and Billy Comstock, Twiddle's original bassist, complemented these melodies with a densely layered, and exciting funk rhythm This young foursome had taken Castleton by storm, toured the northeast, and composed an impressive catalog of original tunes before becoming upper-classmen.
2007 manifested Twiddle's debut release, 'The Natural Evolution of Consciousness'. This breakout album immediately showcased the band's eclectic inspirations, imaginative lyrical abilities, and superb instrumentation. Twiddle's sophomore production, 2011's 'Somewhere on the Mountain,' is a reflection of more introspective moods, offering message oriented, uplifting songs. Anchored by the group's new bass virtuoso Zdenek Gubb, this album delves into the human spirit, speaking to our ambition, grief, and love.
Currently Twiddle is climbing the rows on festival billings, inspiring each other, and often dismantling preconceived notions of the jam band culture. Their live experience genuinely segues from bluegrass to electronica, melts jazz-fusion into rockabilly, and enhances reggae with funk. New fans should expect an immensely fun, and highly dynamic show. Tenured fans know to expect the unexpected. Put simply, Twiddle's hi-def shred is going to melt faces.
The New Daze:
The New Daze is a band from Syracuse, New York that creates a space for audience members and listeners to bask in the glory of Electric Boogified-Rage-Reggaefunk Crunch Goop that is only otherwise available in the depths of outer-space. They come out on stage often with their "Uncle" who is a giant inflatable Zebra and they journey through time and space with their jams. Get to a live show to understand.
Universal Transit is a jam band based out of the beautiful Adirondack mountains. They are a four piece ensemble with a trans-formative, visionary sound. Growing out of a trio called Quinn’s Eskimo’s Band, this quartet takes their audience on true voyages long into the night. They have a long list of original music as well as covers from such artists as The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter, and many other fundamental rock and folk artists. Since the addition of Drummer/vocalist Daniel Wafer, the bands sound has started to move in a more dance oriented direction comparable to the sounds of the Disco Biscuits or Lotus mixed with a touch of The Dead. Guitarist/singer Brian James Intrary brings a rock based string sound with tones of psychedelic funk and a wide range of sounds and feeling. Josh Greene brings a bluesy tone on both vocals and guitar that has a timbre that is reminiscent of all of the old school blues greats. He comes through with a subtlety that has the sweetness of spring rain and the edge of a rusty razor blade. Gabe Lockwood finishes out the sound with a bass style that grooves like no other. He and Drummer, Wafer, find themselves matching up int "the pocket" seamlessly spellbinding the crowd with their sounds. The future of Universal Transit is looking bright and it is forming itself a little further with every performance. It's malleable ways are a sure fire recipe for greatness.