This year, we actually secured a local band we begged to play last year, while also nailing down a new local band that has made for very fun performances at Phog in their very limited existence.
What Seas, What Shores is the four-piece instrumental band with influences like Mogwai, Tortoise, Do Make Say Think, and Yo La Tengo that make tapestries of sound that transform the spaces they play within into musical wind-tunnels. These rising and falling songs often carry a crescendo or two that transports the listener somewhere else…somewhere that only a wall of sound can take you. We’re super-fired up to have them playing Phog Phest 3!
The Swillingtones…how can I describe this band that’s quite new? Well, I’ll bow to someone that has already written about them…The Windsor Zene:
“Lead by the powerful voice of Aaron Stanton (whose been more known lately for his gig behind the drums for Kenneth MacLeod & The Distinguished Gentlemen), The Swillingtones have chosen well as far as finding themselves a golden throated crooner. With a voice as silky as Marvin’s, Stanton (who also toiled in the ’90s as a member of Ruckus) could melt the pants of a statue of Mother Theresa. Scott LeGrand and Dan Carpino flesh out the stringed instruments that dance in the sexy funky pocket filled by veteran drummer Damien Zakoor (The Vaudevillianaires, The Tyres, The Golden Hands Before God, Eric Welton Band, Stephen Hedley & The Busstop Minute Band). The smoothness of the band’s chemistry is due to the fact that they’ve all played together in various combinations over the years – Stanton and LeGrand were both in Ruckus, as well as Blue Hawaii with Stephen Hedley back in the ’90s (pre-Busstop Minute Band); alongside Zakoor they were in The Serious Problems. Carpino previously hooked up with Stanton and LeGrand in a band called Winx Wonx. Years of musical brotherhood has lead them to this sweet soul system of a bring-it-down.”
-The Windsor Zene
We loved the idea of securing a local band that has already proven their prowess in only a few shows, and that has a pedigree of Windsor music past that reminds us all of who came before we were on the scene.
Stay tuned for more Phog Phest 3 band announcements…