Nimbleslick Welcomes Quaildogs

Quaildogs breathe life into a distinctive brand of alt-country that recalls the genre’s heyday as a potent '90s niche, while at the same time reveling in classic, freewheeling rock & roll. Having managed to keep together a steady and unfaltering six-piece lineup since their 2011 inception, the band has developed a unique camaraderie and sound that has earned them opening slots for a diverse set of acts including The Handsome Family, Futurebirds, Moon Taxi, Roadkill Ghost Choir and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band—and all this before having released a proper debut full-length.

Which brings us to The Getting Old Factory. The intermittent, drawn-out recording sessions for the Atlanta band’s first LP—which took place during the summer of 2014—mirror one of the album's primary narratives: "The idea that if you’re a well-intentioned, hard-working person, you can make good in this world doesn't necessarily exist anymore," says guitarist Michael Barnhart. On the title track, singer/guitarist Rob Josephs juxtaposes the readily available blue-collar work of his father's generation with the bleak employment situation of recent years, which he and Barnhart experienced firsthand as they both lost their day jobs and struggled to find work. "I didn't take it well," Josephs says. "It was hard times." 

But The Getting Old Factory (out Sept. 15) is an encouraging, uplifting record that transcends these grim realities. The group cut the album at Atlanta’s famed Glow in the Dark Studios, with Alex Lowe (Aretha Franklin, Cee-Lo, R.E.M.) mastering the final mixes at Red Tuxedo Studios. The sound that materialized exemplifies a work ethic hellbent on overcoming hurdles rather than succumbing to them. Its bedrock of battling hardships gives significance and purpose to Quaildogs' lively tunes. 

On "The World Still Looks the Same," Josephs wearily croons, "Nothing to lose and even less to gain, weather the storm but he prefers to feel the rain" before an elated wave of violin swells into a rocking, triumphant outro. "Why Bother" is similarly embittered and cynical, but eventually develops into a rollicking motivator for change. "A lot of our songs, if you read the words, they're sad,” Barnhart says. “Sad ideas, sad events. But the music makes them sound happy. Sometimes you need a little sugar to make the medicine go down.”

The group's crowd-pleasing capabilities date back to Barnhart and bassist Lee Berg's teenage years, during which they played covers at middle-school dances and their high school's homecoming. While studying the music industry at Loyola University in New Orleans, the pair first met Josephs—but they didn't form Quaildogs officially until several years later, as Josephs ventured to New York after graduating. Once there, he circled the open-mic circuit for a short while, but by 2010 he’d had enough and appeared unannounced on Barnhart's Atlanta doorstep, guitar in hand. From there, a collaboration more than a decade in the making began to take shape. Berg, Banhart and Josephs easily sourced the rest of their crew from local musician pals—first Paul Brandon, who now handles mandolin, guitar and lap steel, then violinist Graham Terban and finally drummer Marvin Moate. They played their inaugural show in July of 2011, subsequently releasing a trio of lo-fi EPs.

In some ways, The Getting Old Factory happened organically. The original goal was to record a fourth EP, but the band soon realized the project had grown into a full-length. This led them to filter out the bluegrass-style numbers that had comprised their earlier work, fine-tuning the more straight-ahead country-tinged rockers as they refined their sound to create a wholly cohesive work. They've found sure footing in the culmination of that effort, and now—with a steady stream of club shows and festival appearances on the horizon—Quaildogs can lay claim to a fresh signature sound and a sharply focused sense of purpose.

 

Nimbleslick Welcomes Formula 5

Formula 5 brews up organic, funk filled grooves across New York state and throughout much of the Northeast, bringing an honest and classic sound to audiences. With thought-provoking and soulful lyrics, soaring melodies and an emphasis on tight instrumentation and improvisation, this band brings a familiar freshness to the term “jam band.” 

Whether they are throwing down opening sets for heavy hitters like Twiddle, Dopapod, Spiritual Rez, and The Heavy Pets, or gracing the stages of Northeast festivals such as Catskill Chill, Disc Jam, The Big Up, Strange Creek, and Buffalove, Formula 5 has continued to grow rapidly - winning over new fans throughout the Northeast and beyond.

With their roots in jam, jazz, funk, blues, and bluegrass, this group is sure to satisfy your taste in music while making it truly their own. More information and a full list of tour dates at www.Formula5Music.com

Nimbleslick Welcomes Earphorik

Earphorik is a progressive rock, jam band based out of Fort Wayne, IN. The band was formed by Chris Treesh (guitar/vocals), Austin Robinson (guitar/vocals), Nolan Opper (bass), and Ryan Moreno (drums). Showcasing high-energy funk, vast genre ranges, and explosive peaks - Earphorik takes you to a whole new level of musical consciousness.

Formed in 2013 as a collaboration of several Fort Wayne area bands, Earphorik released their first album A Year From All Angles in August of 2014, available on all major listening platforms. The band followed up the album with the release of a live album recorded at Jake Cinninger's Boondock Studio in Niles, MI, which consisted of just one take bringing the magic of the live performance to life. It is being produced and mastered by Jake Cinninger and Jim Leep - a true one take analog experience! Stay tuned for the album release date announcement.

Earphorik has made a national presence in the midwest and beyond playing venues throughout the nation, and featuring big name sit ins such as Jake Cinninger (Umphrey's McGee), Beau Sasser (Kung Fu), Rob Chafin (The Werks), George Gekas (The Revivalists), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Jesse Clayton (Fareed Haque), Holly Bowling, and Gerlach (Turbo Suit.) Along with these performance highlights, Earphorik has made waves in the festival cicruit with performances including two consecutive plays at Summer Camp Music Festival, Hyperion Music Festival, Taste Of Randolph, amongst a number of smaller festivals around the midwest.  Be sure to catch Earphorik on the road and keep up with the latest news and updates at www.Artistecard.com/Earphorik

Nimbleslick Launches Colorado Office

Athens, GA based booking agency, Nimbleslick Entertainment, will be expanding operations with a new office in Colorado.

The new office, located in Denver, will be overseen by recently promoted partner, David Limentani. James Servin and his client roster, which includes Greener Grounds, Liver Down The River, & Hog MaGundy, will also join forces with Nimbleslick.

Partner, Brian Huff, will oversee the company's headquarters in Athens, with Chad Denney continuing to serve as president of the agency, working between the two offices.

Nimbleslick Welcomes Chromatropic

"There are times where it's breakbeat, times where it's Jazz Fusion, they modulate, arpeggiate, do these really crazy moves and bring the jazz back to dance music. I haven’t heard a group that sounds like this yet.  it's an adjective; Chromatropic"  - Jack Sheehan Live for Live Music

"The way Chromatropic cooks up its funky musical stew has more in common with Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock than your typical jam band" - Michael Witthaus Hippo Music Press New England

"Chromatropic one of 10 Acts You Absolutely Cannot Miss at CMJ This Week in NYC" - Pete DeStefano Spoiled NYC Music

Nimbleslick Welcomes lespecial

Born in the woods of Connecticut and raised in the wilds of Boston, lespecial has established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory. The dark future groove trio explodes with energetic live sets, tapping into a primitive past distorted through the lense of contemporary technology. 

Their brand new record, Omnisquid, captures the band at its heaviest, with a healthy dose of the electronic, synth heavy sound they've become known for. Preceded by their Ceremony EP (2013) and Playonbrother Sessions (2011), Jonathan Grusauskas (guitar/synth/sampler/vocals), Luke Bemand (bass/synth) and Rory Dolan (drums/sampler) ignore convention, instead amalgamating the familiar styles of Afro-Latin rhythmic traditions, Hip Hop, Funk and Metal into a singular sound that dexterously transforms during their live sets and over the course of their studio albums. As Ben Weiss of Relix Magazine puts it, “Amidst the rest of the noise, lespecial is the squeaky wheel that demands attention.”