John Brown's Body

DSP Shows:

John Brown's Body

Thunder Body

Fri · December 29, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$16.50 - $20.00

John Brown's Body
John Brown's Body
Together for two decades and hailed as “Future roots, reggae, and dub with an intricately balanced weaving of vocals, percussion, keyboard, bass, guitar, and stunning 3-piece horn section that ties it all together” (WRUV), John Brown’s Body (JBB) is building “a legacy that has inspired and carved a path for the now thriving contemporary American reggae scene” (Rudeboy Reggae). Formed in Ithaca, New York, in the mid 1990s, at a time when there wasn’t yet a far-reaching U.S. reggae scene, JBB was one of a small handful of U.S. reggae bands that began touring nationally. Since then, JBB has played an important role in helping define distinctly “American reggae.” JBB’s music is steeped in traditional vibes, but unapologetically incorporates elements from other genres. While most American reggae bands tackled typical reggae themes (such as religion and marijuana), JBB acted more like an indie band, writing songs that used the vocabulary of reggae to express their own experiences. Their unique approach resonated with the masses. The group’s 2008 full-length record, Amplify, hit #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, 2012’s JBB In Dub EP reached #1 on iTunes’ Reggae Chart, and in 2013 Kings And Queens topped both Billboard and iTunes Reggae Charts at #1. Today, JBB’s signature style has become the norm for U.S. reggae bands – and many in the genre admittedly point to John Brown’s Body as a key influence.
Thunder Body
Thunder Body
‘Analog with all the grime’ is THUNDER BODY’s answer to the timeless question of how to electrify songs. Lead by singing drummer Matt O’Brian, THUNDER BODY is a family affair that drips with soul, stacked with a fluid cast of as many as 12 members. THUNDER BODY employs the magic of Rachel Orke through her voltage based, electromechanical keyboards, a full time horn section (The Great Blue Herons) consisting of Benton Sillick (tpt), Abe Nouri (bone) and Luke Norris (ts), the guitar and song stylings of Dennis Mariano, and the irreplicable bass thrust of Miah Pacheco. Complete with vocal harmonies, a stewing slew of science in boxes, and a full time front of house engineer, very few stones are left unturned. THUNDER BODY has proven prolific in creating artisan quality, original music, made the way that their favorite music was – with now-old-fashioned analog instruments, utterly in service of the songs. Songs about the earth, songs about love, songs about music. From nature to culture, cosmic concepts thread their way through THUNDER BODY’s lyrics in an almost occultist manner. Listen closely. Your eyes and your ears might not tell the same story. Music is a prayer, see you when we get there.

Formed in Rochester, NY in 2010, THUNDER BODY made an EP and two full length records before a second wave took shape. By 2015, the additions of horns to the band and an organ and Leslie to Rachel’s rig, accompanied a burst of new, Soul leaning material. These explorations, as well as the application of a new sound to their older songs, define what has become the second wave of THUNDER BODY. Evidence of these waves will be starkly on display with THUNDER BODY’s two forthcoming albums. The first, entitled Solstice represents a mastery of the band’s first wave style. Similar in tone to their previous works, Solstice embraces the warmest of the band’s songs and sounds – songs about kids and family, life and death. Solstice is the breaking of the first wave, and caps an era. The second forthcoming record, Like A Monster is a new batch of overt love songs and psychedelic epics which jump into the stratosphere of THUNDER BODY’s established sound. Like A Monster is a clear mark of the band’s fresh trajectory.
Venue Information:
The Haunt
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://thehaunt.com/