We all know an artist or two who has ventured into the waters of a solo career, but every once in a while, a solo artist needs to gather a talented group of musicians around him, in order put out an album with the full bodied sound that only a band can generate. Enter singer/songwriter Ethan J. Perry, who released two solo records, his 2009 debut The Bohemian Bitch & Other Songs From Poets Row and its follow-up, Night Lights, before putting together the Remedy Band, a supergroup of fellow Seattle musicians, including Sam Kuniholm on drums, Steve Schwarz on bass, Phillip Earle on Mandolin and Alex Fermanis on pedal steel. The group– with the help of even more of their talented musician pals– is getting set to release their first album, Sundial, on March 4th, and you can stream it now, exclusively at Elmore!
Sundial is steeped in a true, old-school Americana sound, though the band prefers a more catch all genre designation, proudly labeling themselves “Americana Indie Technicolor Jazz.” The lush twang of guitars and delicate pluck of mandolin usher in the album with “May The Sun (Come Ever Shining),” though the record indeed reels through a kaleidoscope of influences and instrumental stylings.
The record is rooted by Perry’s versatile, emotive vocals that rival the best of the genre, capable of bending from a beseeching croon of “Darlin’” and nasal drawl of “Wild Heart” to the yelps and whispers of “Fall For Love” or the psychedelic influences of “Blackberry Song.”
The Remedy Band provides a cohesive, capable backbone, evoking skillful nuances- the drumming on She’s Out Of Town,” the harmonies of “She Softly Rains,” the warbling synth of “Fall For Love”– that set this record apart from its contemporaries. Ethan J. Perry is a talented solo artist, without a doubt, but with the Remedy Band, he just may have found a team that can carry him to the top of the charts.
Stream Sundial below, and catch them on their West Coast tour throughout March.
March 3 – Seattle, WA – The Royal Room
March 5 – Bozeman, MT – The Zebra
March 6 – Big Sky, MT – Lone Peak Brewery
March 9 – Denver, CO – Quixote’s
March 10 – Boulder, CO – Sancho’s
March 12 – Crestone, CO – Cloud Station
March 13 – Breckenridge, CO – T-Bar
March 15 – Austin, TX – San Jac Saloon
March 16 – Taos, NM – Taos Ski Valley
March 18 – Bolinas, CA – Smiley’s
March 19 – Petaluma, CA – The Big Easy
March 20 – Lake Tahoe, CA – Northstar
March 22 – Bend, OR – The C&S Factory
March 23 – Portland, OR – Laurelthirst
March 24 – Seattle, WA – The Central Saloon
March 25 – Port Townsend, WA – Sirens
March 26 – Bainbridge Island, WA – The B.I. Brewery