By ASHLEY CENTERS
For Inland 360
Bringing a combined 50 plus years of music experience, Denver-based band the Jauntee will stop Saturday at Hogan’s Pub in Clarkston on its first-ever West Coast and Pacific Northwest tour. Formed in 2010 in Boston, the four-person band of 20-somethings has gained an enthusiastic following in the Northeast and is looking to expand the tastes of music lovers in the West with a sound that is part psychedelic, part funk and part reggae.
“Playing a rocking show to a bunch of people is something we can all agree is really, really, awesome,” said bass player John Loland in an email interview. “Even if you play a great show to a few people, you can feel that symbiotic energy between you and the audience, then afterward they come up to you and sincerely express their gratitude. It’s a very special thing, one that makes me feel my mission has been accomplished.”
The Jauntee’s sound has dynamically transformed over the years with changes to its lineup. Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock are recent artistic influences. The original band members, guitarist Caton Sollenberger and drummer Scott Ferber, met outside of Berklee College of Music wearing the same Phish hoodie (not the most popular band on campus). Bass player Loland and keyboardist Tyler Adams were later additions, the second and third members to fill their respective roles.
A new live album, tentatively called “Always Never Knowing,” is in the mixing process, to be released this spring or summer, Loland said.
“Recording it was a blast. We rented out a studio called The Bridge in Cambridge, Mass., for a couple days. The Bridge is unique because it has a stage with a standing room that can fit 50-60 people. So, we invited a bunch of friends and did a two-night run. We just played a bunch of songs and hoped for the best. I think we did great.”
IF YOU GO
WHO: The Jauntee
WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Hogan’s Pub, 906 Sixth St., Clarkston