During my 18-hour trip from Indy to Denver, I had plenty of time to think about the journey ahead. Moving from Indy would provide many more opportunities for shows as well as the chance to see up and coming acts in some cool clubs. After checking the schedule of shows, I was delighted to see a large listing of bands whose names were familiar, but their music was not. I was treated to my first such show when the Greyhounds came to Quixotes True Blue on Tuesday night.
Quixotes True Blue proved to be a great place to see an intimate show. The bar is a tribute to the owner’s dad, whose last painting was of a horse named Quixote; the Dead themselves often used his pictures. The bar is also a tribute to the Dead and their sense of imagination. True Blue was a song by Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick about missing Jerry. Quixotes True Blue provided a great atmosphere for a small show.
The Greyhounds, out of L.A., are a funk and soul trio featuring Andrew Trube on guitar and vocals, Anthony Farrell on keys, and Nick Pencis on drums. The band had just lost a transmission in small town Nebraska. They had to pay a man to borrow his car for a week, so they unpacked, loaded up and barely made it to Quixotes on time.
The band, on this night, had two guests, Zach on congas and Ari, from Cabaret Diosa, on sax and flute. The two guests complemented the band’s sound well. The band got on stage and did a very funky warm up/ sound check song that had the crowd smiling and ready for what was to come.
The band began the first set with “Fireater” which got the crowd off their barstools and onto the dance floor. The band lost their bass player since their last album, which forces the band to do some excellent unconventional things, such as Andrew playing the bass lines on his guitar during “I Like,” and on several other songs. Next, “Jam Jam” highlighted the bands light-hearted, good time attitude. The song featured a broken string jam and a curse word jam, which had Andrew telling the story of their car problems in Nebraska, and every time he would cuss, Anthony would bleep him out using the keyboard. “Beggars Canyon” was highlighted by Andrew scratching his guitar creating a DJ-spinning sound, which added perfectly to the jam. The band closed the first set by showing its diversity in sound. “Sunday Afternoon” was a happy, airy song featuring Ari on flute. Scofield’s “Shank” was then covered very well. Finally, “St. Louis” was a bluesy song with some soulful singing.
The second set provided more of the same with a gangsta rap twist. A fellow off the street came in and requested to flow with the band. The band obliged and he began to freestyle, which sounded cool with the band. The only problem was the rapper wanted to continue joining the band every other song and tried to take over the show, often times just getting on stage and grabbing the mic. This provided a rather awkward yet funny scene as this intrusion continued. Finally the band said enough is enough and continued the show with the Beastie Boys “Root Down” as well as a Booker T and the MGs song.
The show was an excellent one and the guys in the band were very friendly and open to talk with me about the band, their love for the scene and what they can tweak and improve for their future. The band requested that I should be mean in the review to help them improve and grow. The band is a newcomer to the funk-jazz scene with the likes of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Robert Randolph, and Galactic. The band is extremely danceable with its diverse genre bending sounds. I especially enjoyed the use of guitar to play bass lines and create DJ scratching sounds. I believe these aspects can use more focus in certain jams with great success. The only important thing for this band to do is keep playing, keep touring and they will continually grow and tighten their sound. My advice to music lovers is that when the Greyhounds’ bus comes to town, hop on!
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