I recently found myself in a booth at Home Grown Café waiting for Quimby Mountain Band to start playing. From the looks of these guys, I had no idea what to expect. The lead singer looked just like every alternative rock singer with his long, dark hair and tall, thin build. He stood awkwardly in front of the microphone with his arms across his chest when the music started to play. I was expecting a generic alternative sound, but instead, what filled the café was the sound of funk. He sang with a deep, rich voice that made your heart quicken with its power. He sounded like Brandon Boyd [of Incubus], and what impressed me most was his control. He could easily be a rock singer with the scream in his voice, but chose to control it and make his sound completely unique.
As they transitioned into the second song, their sound changed to something a lot like old school Alabama. The lead guitarist took over on vocals and the singer sang backup. The harmony these two men had when they sang together seemed to be something organic and natural. They simply fed off each other. While they sang, the bass player’s fingers seemed to take a stroll down his guitar as he effortlessly set the pace for the singers. And the drummer. Well, he was by far the most entertaining to watch and reminded me of Ray Charles. He kept his eyes closed throughout and his face contorted with effort as he played.
It was their third song of the night that sealed the deal for me. The band had switched back to funk, and the lead singer strapped on an electric ukulele. Yes, an electric ukulele. They started their song but halfway through, they got lost. Completely lost. They become so engrossed with the music they were making that their song turned into a thirty minute jam season. They just started bouncing off each other and playing what seemed right to them instead of how the song was written. They all closed their eyes and just played what they felt. You could tell they simply loved music.
From the looks of them, the Quimby Mountain Band appeared to be a group of guys you could sit and have a beer with, raving about the Avengers movie. They seemed like average guys. But they are far from average. They created a sound all their own that can only be described as funky country with a splash of rock and roll. Not only have they perfected their sound, but there is absolutely no question that they love what they do. Their passion and talent has turned me into a fan and I can’t wait to see them perform again.
Check out the band at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quimby-Mountain-Band/43669526493.