The explosion of the jam band scene has pushed rock and roll into a brave new world of improvisational expression. Damn Brandy is one of the new breed of progressive groove rockers that approaches music as a launching pad for an exploratory voyage into the outer regions of musical soundscapes.

We don't want to seclude ourselves to anything, and we personally prefer to look at music through more of a jazz perspective, says drummer Alby Cohen. Even if we're not necessarily playing what people would consider jazz, there's no reason why you can't take rock and roll, and take it out there.

The band includes Drew Segal on guitar and vocals, Ron Eigen on keyboards and vocals and Tom Pinkava on bass, and although they make an occasional foray into cover tunes, the focus of their music is on original material. The quartet loves to take an uptempo rocker like Rules and turn the grooves inside out until it disintegrates into improvisational chaos. They trip off into uncharted waters during Dizzying Freedom Of the New World, a pulsating fusion of rock, funk and jazz that burns with intensity. Damn Brandy's experimental nature is most pronounced on Freetime. The song features a frenzied pacing of jumbled jazz-rock progressions that is guaranteed to shortcircuit the brainwaves of fans of more conventional pop sounds.

Space is the place, says Eigen, whose synth excursions are becoming more space-aged with each passing show. Damn Brandy is currently preparing for their 2000/2001 winter tour which will primarily focus on the state of Florida. Check these guys out!

This article was written on March 1, 2000 for the Ithaca Times and reused with his permission for posting specifically on JamBase.

[Published on: 3/1/00]

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