“July” is the first single from Timbre Coup’s upcoming album “Knuckles and Valleys,” a 12-song concept album slated for release on Thursday, February 23. The band is performing a weekly Thursday night residency this month at Jillian’s in Albany. Tonight (February 9), Timbre Coup will be joined by Wobblesauce.
The weekly month-long residency of Albany prog-rock band Timbre Coup began last Thursday night with a rare acoustic set, for once having guitarists Dan Gerken and Andrew Chamberlaine, as well as bassist Ben Pickering sitting down for a two-hour-plus performance with Matt Pickering on drums behind them.
In a traditional style, the quartet was very different than their regular plugged-in shows. The change in filters accentuated a Rush-esque sound that was not unlike the equally rare Umphrey’s McGee acoustic sets, in that the show was subdued, and yet still loud and awesome.
Part of me loved the acoustic style of the show, but part of me longed for the regular sound that Timbre Coup puts forth in energetic sets. Fortunately, the best of both worlds is available this month with the band’s residency at Jillian’s, the first of the year from Guthrie/Bell Productions.
The Hudson River Coffee House in Albany marks its first anniversary in business later this month, and a big anniversary bash is slated to take place on Friday, December 2 featuring the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, the Sunny Side of the Street Band and Olivia Quillio. Admission is free. It’s no easy feat to keep a new venue in operation for a year – especially in the current economic climate. So congratulations go out to owner-operator Anton Pasquill and everybody else who has made HRCH such a cool new venue for live music. Happy birthday, and here’s to many more!
Timbre Coup proved to be a savagely entertaining and mega-talented quartet – easily the best opener of Troy’s Rockin’ the River free concert series. Long compositions like “Talking Sleep” flirt with jam-band trappings, but the underpinnings are all signature progressive rock. And to do prog-rock the correct way, like Timbre Coup does it, you have to be able to play, to have the chops. You just can’t fake it. When they pulled off the swap-instruments trick on their tune “Stealth,” it proved to be an innovative touch. Despite the fact that the members of Timbre Coup are only twentysomething, guitarist Benjamin Pickering admitted, “Our heroes are bands like King Crimson.” He was joined onstage by his brother Matthew on drums, Andrew Chamberlaine on guitar and Daniel Gerken on bass.
Headliners Start Making Sense – as the name of this band suggests – is a Talking Heads tribute band. The SMS line-up sets out to sound like the Talking Heads, using not only a core guitar/ bass/ drums unit, but also by fleshing out the sound to a seven-piece band that incorporated keyboards and percussion, as well as female backing vocals, much like the later period Heads. The only nod to recreating the look of the Heads was front-man Jon Braun as David Byrne. He has the look; he has the quirk; and brother, he really has the voice.
Every time that we’ve seen them, Frank Zappa tribute band Project/Object has always turned in a excellent performance that once again renewed our deep appreciation for the rich and wonderful music of Zappa.
Led by guitarist-bandleader Andre Cholmondeley, Project/Object rolls into Revolution Hall in Troy on Saturday (January 9) in their return to Nippertown, and you can bet that this show is going to be something extra special, as the band will be joined by not one, but two Zappa alumni.
For the first time in 25 years, Ike Willis and Ray White are touring together, as special guests of Project/Object. These two musicians and vocalists were clearly favorites of Zappa’s, as he recorded and toured with one or both of them from 1976 ’til his final tour in 1988. Together, they created some of the most memorable music of Zappa’s vast catalog, and Project/Object will bring them together one more time.
Vocalist-guitarist Ike Willis was with Zappa for more than a decade, making his debut in the title role of Joe on the quintessential Zappa album, “Joe’s Garage.” He toured with Zappa’s band in 1978 and performed on every Zappa tour thereafter.
Vocalist-guitarist Ray White was originally drafted into Zappa’s band in the fall of 1976. He can be heard on such classic Zappa albums as “Zappa in New York,” “Joe’s Garage,” “Tinsel Town Rebellion,” “You Are What You Is” and more. In more recent years, White has also worked with jam-oriented groups like KVHW and Umphrey’s McGee, and has toured with Dweezil Zappa‘s tribute band Zappa Plays Zappa.
Opening for Project/Object at Rev Hall is Nippertown’s own progressive jam band Timbre Coup.
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