Evil Farmer
Santa Barbara will once again be the target for ALO, as they plan to take their music back to SoCal for their family and friends known as "SB Music Phreaks." On February 12th, SOhO Restaurant and Music Club will be hosting the Silky Sensuous Ball with ALO and very special guests, Evil Farmer. This show will mark the end of ALO's five city California run being dubbed as ALO's Tour D'Amore, as it will also mark the first time that Evil Farmer has played together in close to ten years. This evening promises to offer a full night of incredible music, good people and a great cause as proceeds will be donated to aid in the relief of the disaster that struck La Conchita several weeks ago.

For those of you scratching your heads wondering who Evil Farmer is, allow me to bring you up to speed. Evil Farmer was born is the coastal college town of Isla Vista in Santa Barbara in 1991. It was a time when keg parties were a plenty, live music was everywhere and SB was THE place to be. The band was conceived in UC Santa Barbara's jazz ensemble where David Brogan (drums), Dan Zimmerman (guitar), Ari Gorman (bass), and Paul Moore (keys) decided to put something together that was unlike anything else that was going on at that time. They focused on a sound that broke boundaries, branched out and cross pollinated, thus creating a sound that delved so deep into so many pockets that when witnessed first hand, you could not help but feel a little manhandled. Their influences spanned from the heavy 60's psychedelic rock of The Doors and The Beatles to the early experimental sounds of the 90's such as Mr. Bungle and John Zorn. It took no time at all to create a critical wake in and around the college town, and soon the Farmer was playing just about everywhere and anywhere they could. People came from afar, clawing and scratching to hear where the heavy improvisations would take them. It was around this time that Evil Farmer sparkled and jangled along the Santa Barbara club scene where a few other bands were getting notoriety, some of these included Ugly Kid Joe, Toad the Wet Sprocket, a band called Mama Llama, which featured a guitarist by the name of Charlie Hitchcock (Particle) and another band Soil, which featured longtime ALO friend Jack Johnson on guitar.

Evil Farmer released one album, titled Nice before they broke up in 1995. The six song album is packed with sophistication, musical genius and absolute euphoria. After breaking up, the band members went onto other projects; Dave and Paul formed a band called Very Special Forces in Seattle which featured Tim Young on guitar. Dan Zimmerman still lives in Santa Barbara teaching music, and Dave has taken his seat as the man on the kit for none other then the Animal Liberation Orchestra. For the die hard ALO fans that take a particular liking to Brogan's lead vocal duties, you might be surprised to know that several of those songs are, in fact, old Evil Farmer tunes.

Evil Farmer is the band that planted the seeds in Santa Barbara for musical experimentation. It is commonly noted that the Farmer created a monster by throwing down a cluster fuck of the most contagiously danceable music and then disappeared for the last ten years. The time has come, the big score is here; for one night and one night only, Evil Farmer is getting back together to perform as they will open for ALO at SOhO restaurant in Santa Barbara on Saturday, February 12th.

This night will also mark the end of ALO's five show California run, titled the ALO Tour D'Amore. They will be kicking things off on February 8th for the big Mardi Gras get down at the Great American Music Hall with Zigaboo Modeliste and Ivan Neville. They will then swoop down the coast playing in Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, San Diego and wrapping things up in their old college town of Santa Barbara. Every show on this run offers something special, including the show on February 10th at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica. The Groove Syndicate, one of SoCal's best kept secrets will be kicking the night off with their soul driven dance groves, ALO will follow and the night will cap off with a special performance by Rob Wasserman and friends, including the rhythm section from Particle. The Silky Sensuous Ball also promises to be yet another legendary ALO get down with the Phreaks decked out in full gear for the silky and sensuous theme. There will be a dessert buffet that will be available for feeding those special someone's out there and a back lounge decked out in the sexy theme. All information pertaining to the Tour D'Amore can be found at or here on JamBase. Tickets are available now for the Silky Sensuous Ball on JamBase. So, if you don't yet have plans to spend your Hallmark holiday, come spread the love with ALO and utilize your one chance to see Evil Farmer, it will be something you will not soon forget.

Matt Layton
JamBase | California
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[Published on: 2/8/05]

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