South Valley band Slow Season pays homage to late '60s psychedelic rock and early '70s proto-punk with loud, heavy jams that reference Iggy and The Stooges as much as Led Zeppelin. There are also hints of The 13th Floor Elevators.
The group — singer/guitarist Daniel Rice, guitarist David Kent, bassist Hayden Doyel and drummer Cody Tarbell — has staggering live shows. They play Friday at Strummer's with local bands Style Like Revelators and Planets Live in House.
The Bee caught up with Tarbell to talk about Slow Season's sound, its 7-inch record and why the band isn't afraid to "jam."
You guys are heavy, but not metal. On a pop quiz, I'd classify you as "stoner rock," but there are some break-neck tempo change-ups. It's not all groove. Is there a particular feel and style you are trying for?
It's kind of an excitement thing I guess. At the core we are just trying to keep it musical. If the movement feels good, it's good to us. Everybody in the group has different musical interests on the surface. Past those, there are some common things that all of us are really into. Hayden and I are really into soul and funk music. Dave is really into a lot of different guitar things. Daniel digs a lot of stoner rock and some doom-metal stuff. So, all that gets mixed in. Under those layers, we all have such an appreciation for what was going on in the late '60s and early '70s. Those influences are all sort of being pushed through that common filter. So it comes out somewhat cohesive.
This is a gear-head sort of question, but how do you get that heavy-tone from the guitar/bass?
We just set up and play. We don't have too many things like crazy amounts of pedals, or any samples or anything. It's pretty simple, which seems to work best. The guys with strings are pretty particular about the sounds they're making. I guess the short answer would be "tubes."
You guys like to jam. As the audience's collective attention spans get shorter, does playing a 7-minute song worry you at all?
We're not really worried about it honestly. If we can entertain ourselves, then hopefully we can entertain other people. But we don't just jam to jam, like carry on the same thing over and over. We like to mix it up. During guitar solos, Hayden and I exchange a lot of different rhythmic ideas, and in other songs we have spots that are totally open to improvisation, with no time constraints. So, someone just plays one thing and if it feels good and makes a spark, we run with it. We all sort of expand upon that idea, then we blow it up and start all over.
You have a full-length and 7-inch out on Easy Rider Records, which is home to some really cool bands. How'd that relationship come about?
Easy Rider Records is pretty great. Around January I sent our album to Granite House Records. The guy who listened to it apparently liked it, but that label focuses heavily on just metal music. So he passed it along to his friend who was starting his own label. Then Daniel Hall of Easy Rider contacted us and asked if we'd be interested in putting out a 7-inch on his label, and more thrilled we could not have been. Everything Easy Rider does is for the love of music and vinyl, and we're all absolute vinyl nuts, so it made sense.
Is there anything I missed?
Anyone reading who hasn't heard us can listen to our entire album for free at www.slowseasonmusic.com.
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