Roster McCabe and Kinetix
After a brief time together in an all-acoustic college bar band, Alex Steele (keyboard, vocals) Drew Preiner (guitar, vocals) and Michael Daum (guitar) began working on a new project with a new vision and direction. The style eventually settled into a funk rock reggae sound, with emphasis on solid songwriting and explosive performances. In September 2006, the trio released a demo called "Contradicting Gravity." The short disc garnered some local attention in the Twin Cities, and word started buzzing around colleges and clubs. After a few member changes and additions, the band grew to a 6 piece and released their first full-length album, "The Rhythm/The Elements" in September 2007 to a sold out crowd at the historic Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN.
Soon, small crowds swelled to hundreds and gig invitations began coming in from all over the Mid-West. The band condensed to a five piece, with Scott Muellenberg (bass) and Jeff Peterson (drums). In 2008, they began a demanding tour schedule, making stops at the regions top festivals like Summerfest, 10KLF, Bella Sol, and Harvestfest. Currently, Roster McCabe is touring and working on a new record, due out later this year.
"Roster McCabe, which expertly dabble in jazz and reggae, spent the summer playing big outdoor gigs at the 10,000 Lakes Festival and Milwaukee's Summerfest and sharpening its chops in the process." Saint Paul Pioneer Press
"Regardless of your interests, there is something for everyone in Roster McCabe's sound." Thisismodern.net
"It's hard to listen to these bouncy feel-good tunes and not have the strong urge to breakout into a spontaneous dance party." The Dakota Student
"Kinetix played to a packed house and one of the most responsive crowds all weekend. Their style is completely rockin', with just a dash of pop so that it's catchy without being cheesy; and their compositions are well crafted with proper build-up and execution, not just a bunch of noisy, repetitive jamming. And their instrumentation is top-notch and tight, with each member finding his niche and working with the rest of the group as a whole to create a very unique and powerful sound. I can't recommend these guys enough."
Herschel Concepcion, Jambase.com "10,000 lakes festival review ( July 2009)"
"What's more amazing, they were able to fill the place despite playing at the same time as gangsta-jam heavy hitters Pretty Lights. In fact, when asked which show they planned to attend, often people told me they were most looking forward to the Kinetix set. Such is a testament to the loyalty of their fans. With this much hoopla surrounding one band, it made it impossible for me to skip their set. I was not disappointed, as they absolutely tore down the tent with their funk laden melodies."
Matthew Samson, Music Festivals Examiner "Late Night Kings (July 2009)"
"Intensity, heat and energy continued well into the starry and crisp Minnesota night starting out at The Barn stage with a very motivated performance by Kinetix. Making their fourth 10KLF appearance it's at once apparent why they've been asked back and why the crowds keep grooving. Driven fiendishly by drummer Jack Gargan, Kinetix brought the audience through peaks and valleys with a fun blend of ska and pop punk featuring vocals by guitarist Adam Lufkin and keyboardist Eric Blumenfeld. The closeness of the musicians was obvious as their live show was genuine, tight and intuitive, and their communications hilarious. Mixed in with creative originals, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was eaten up by the audience. With a new album out soon expect to see them play some bigger slots at festivals as they gain speed and continue on their path."
Christopher Shaffner, Jambands.com "Come One, Come All to 10KLF ( July 2009)"
"Kinetix dropped one of the best Saloon Stage sets of the festival. The strong Friday late night lineup made every band work for an audience, and even with The Tragically Hip and Trampled By Turtles waiting in the wings, Kinetix held its own, packing the Saloon with raging, bouncing fans. The Allman Brothers' "Jessica" mixed things up between the electronic-based, poppy, punky, funky and sometimes in-your-face sounds. With the crowd hopping to the originals and covers alike, Kinetix is poised to become a reputable late night attraction on the festival circuit."
Jambase.com "10,000 lakes festival review ( August 2007)"
"Kinetix mesmerized the crowd with their persistent drive and power. Illuminating lights flickered and intensified through out each song, while singer/guitarist Lufkin jumped up and down abruptly on stage; bassist Fairman sustained a constant head bang as Linit diligently jammed out on his resonating guitar. Though their studio albums are not as animated, seeing them live is something to check off on your "fifty things to do before I kick the bucket' list."
Tiffany Zack, Lumino Magazine (March 2008)
"The Denver five-piece Kinetix bills themselves as a funk-pop-jazz group, but their latest album, Talking to Faces, just might have fans looking in the rock section of the music store for their disc. While the band still holds on to the orchestration and roots that originally gave them that classification, Talking to Faces stretches it more into the rock realm. In fact, the opening bars of the title track specifically show the fence that the band teeters on and how effortlessly they can bounce between sounds. With a funky bass line and wah-wah heavy guitar part, the band launches the song, before heading in, balls first, to a rock riff and screaming guitar solo and back again. Throughout, the vocals hold a very pop feel over the music, like a cheering section for the musicians, but it's done without taking away from the musical realms the band is exploring, and they add to the ample energy.
Brian F. Johnson, Marquee Magazine (Oct. 2007)
" There's plenty of impressive instrumental prowess here, especially in the guitar work of Jordan Linit and the keys of Eric Blumenfeld, and every song features entrancing elements and sections. Ultimately, the disc largely seems to be a primer for and launching point for the bands...impressive live sets, and as such, it can be counted a success."
Cory Casciato, Westword Magazine (Dec. 2008)
Hailing from Grimsby (UK) The Brew are one of the most exciting, vibrant and talked about bands of recent times.
On guitar 20 year-old Jason Barwick, is already being compared with Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Together with band member Kurtis Smith (21), Nicked-named "The Bruce Lee of the Drum Kit", they've opened a new chapter in British Power Rock History. Clearly influenced by the music of the late 60's early 70's, they have recreated the genre, greatly helped by third member Tim Smith (father of Kurt) on bass and vocals.
Having toured extensively and successfully throughout Europe, they have built a spectacular live show. They have made strong impressions at festivals in the UK (Headlining Colne R&B), Belgium (Harelbeke and Fiesta City-Verviers, both main stage) and Holland (Maasboulevard) In 2009, The Brew have already been Invited in the Netherlands to play at several High profile Festivals including the World famous BosPop.
Additionally Rockpalast in Germany at their October festival, the Fehmarn festival in Germany and Le Blues Autour Du Zinc in France, Classic Rock Night in Koln with Joe Bonamassa with many more Festival dates confirmed.
In November 2008 they appeared on National Cable TV in Poland, to a prime time audience of 1 million viewers. Their recent album "The Joker", continues to receive widespread acclaim from leading Music magazines and websites across Europe.
Fully supported by national Radio station Classic 21 in Belgium and France they are now confirmed as one of Britain's finest musical exports.
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