Sun Parade/ Muddy Ruckus / The Pilgrims
Sun Parade formed in Northampton, Massachusetts, where kids skinny dip in the Mill River and smoke on the tobacco farms on the flood plains. The music scene here is legendary. Even now, touring venues and festivals across the U.S., the Sun Parade lads are most satisfied when their music conjures a Route 9 basement show somewhere along the fold of the map that delivered Dinosaur Jr. and The Pixies a cellar in which everyone is sweaty and dancing and in love or something like it, and by 3 a.m. the rhythm section is shaking the house and you cant tell the band from the crowd.
Influenced by artists such as Fugazi, John Lee Hooker, Django Reinhardt and The Pixies, Muddy Ruckus roars through road-sick harmonies and dirty guitar riffs, touching on the sacred, hinting at the profane and encapsulating everything in between, all to the sound of an infectiously toe-tapping backbeat. Vocalist/guitarist Ryan Flaherty sounds a little like Dr. John crossed with early Tom Waits. Theres a dash of Leon Redbone in there too, but with Dylans razor-sharp wit. Erika Stahl, equal parts June Carter Cash, Emmylou Harris and bluesy Bonnie Raitt, is a subtle vocal chameleon. Depending on the song, she can sound sassy, heartbroken, wickedly seductive, innocently angelic, tender and comforting, or any combination thereof, making her the perfect vocal foil for Flaherty. They shroud each track in versatile guitar and edgy percussion from the outset. Flaherty is throaty, raw and confessional on main vocals during songs like Restless Ryder and title track Bellows To Mend. Flaherty and Stahls work is distinctive in that the two never overshadow, but rather consistently compliment one another. Listeners cant help but note the steady, nuanced heartbeat of Stahls suitcase drumkit that is the backbone of all Muddy Ruckus songs. Her spit fire tempos on Everlasting Buzz to her tribal beats on instrumental Wreck of the Hesperus grab you by the collar and send a jolt through your bloodstream. It is steadfast, fierce and unswerving.
The Pilgrims began in 2010 in an office space turned apartment on Depot Ave in Windsor, VT. Chris, Davis and Brendan began the band and one night at the bar met drummer Chris Egner.
Kiel Alarcon produced their first EP Nobility, as well as Shred Savage. Naturally, he joined the band, too.
In 2015 the band had a gig at a used car lot, where touring stand up comedian Chris Rosenquest was MCing. He joined the band on a cover to Tom Petty's 'Even The Losers'. Deciding it was time to quit the stand-up life of poor paying gigs in dive bars, Rosie joined The Pilgrims.
No Focus is the first full length in the six man Pilgrim lineup.
The Stone Church (View)
210 Main st
Brattleboro, VT 05301-2843
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|