Black Box Revelation
50 West Broadway
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 83001
Doors 8:30PM / Show 9:30PM
This event is 21 and over
"It's an isolated city," begins Ewan Currie, vocalist and guitarist for Saskatoon, SK-based rock and roll outfit The Sheepdogs about how their home base in the Canadian prairies shaped his band's sound. "It really gave us the freedom to do our own thing; we never felt the need to be a part of an existing scene or trend."
Some listeners may argue that the sounds soaring from their speakers while listening to the band's latest EP, Five Easy Pieces, or preceding full-length, Learn & Burn, are familiar relics of decades past, and they'd be right; however, it's the manner in which The Sheepdogs borrow bits from classic, psychedelic, and boogie rock iconoclasts like Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Allman Brothers, and The Grateful Dead and mix them with modern rock sensibilities that really sets them apart.
From the always silky-smooth three-part vocal harmonies prominent in tracks like "Why?" or the single "I Don't Know" through to the dual-guitar interplay and pulsing rhythmic beds found on, well, pretty much every tune, The Sheepdogs don't so much bring listeners "back in time" as they do weave the past with the present for an undeniable aural experience that appeals to audiences of all ages.
That appeal was recently proven when The Sheepdogs, via 1.5 million public votes, were declared the winners of a contest that found them as the first unsigned band to grace the cover of iconic rock rag Rolling Stone and, subsequently, landed them a deal with Atlantic Records. To the many that first caught wind of this decade-defying musical force surrounding that swirl of media attention, they may seem like something of an overnight success, though in reality, The Sheepdogs are anything but.
"Being from a small town, we were all looking to get out there – maybe try some new things," says bassist Ryan Gullen about how he, Currie, drummer Sam Corbett, and guitarist Leot Hanson first came together to make music. All fans of the same kind of meat-and-potatoes rock and roll from the past, as well as its resurgence in the music of acts like The White Stripes or Kings Of Leon, it was their mutual musical mindsets that made for an undeniable chemistry. "It came from a very honest place," continues the bassist. "We weren't trying to be anything specific," and with time, the band would only grow tighter and more comfortable with their sharpening sound.
Over the years, The Sheepdogs have trekked across Canada in their beaten-down van playing as many new cities as possible. The shows themselves were usually smokin'; the circumstances surrounding them often weren't. "It was such a challenge pushing through roadblock after roadblock," recounts Gullen, recalling the trying times of indifference from the industry. "We could rock any crowd we played to," he says, but seemingly couldn't shake the stereotypical struggles of the touring rock band. Those struggles often emerge in Currie's lyrical content, along with musings from ladies, love, and loneliness through to isolation, drugs, and other demons.
Since having their unshaven mugs showcased in Rolling Stone and onstage at Bonnaroo, though, it seems the band has finally found their break and are ready to capitalize on the opportunity. "It used to be that we wanted to quit our day jobs and just make music," says Currie of the band's aspirations. "Now, it's about hitting the road, playing some kick-ass shows, and getting ready to impress people with a new record."
That full-length, expected in 2012, will surely cement the fact that, though they've had a bit of luck on their side, the only thing responsible for The Sheepdogs' recent slew of success is the sweat they've left onstage and the sweet, sticky throwback tunes that share their infectious grooves with anyone taking them in.
Black Box Revelation
Scuzzy guitars, crashing drums, unabashed energy and depth of soul."
That's how U.K.'sRock Sounddescribes Black Box Revelation. Brussels, Belgium may not be known for producing great rock and roll bands, but don't tell that to 22-year-old Jan Paternoster nor his 20-year-old sidekick Dries Van Dijck,who have been playing together for a decade, already releasing two albums, 2007'sSet Your Head on Fireand 2010'sSilver Threats(recorded in London's legendary Konk Studios) that established the duo as a serious force to be reckoned with. A cross between R&B-inflected garage-band rock that takes its cues from mid-'60s Stones and The Kinks to the most gut-bucket, electric delta blues evocative of Led Zeppelin by way of The White Stripes, The Black Keys and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Box Revelation is just that… a musical revelation that can't be boxed into a single category.
Coming to America to record their stateside debut,My Perception, with producer Alain Johannes [Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Cornell, Them Crooked Vultures] in his L.A. home studio, Jan and Dries felt right at home in the country where so much of the music that inspired them had been made. The result is their most accomplished album to date, with sound and noise now coalescing into real songs like the title track and "Rattle My Heart," which might have come straight fromOut of Our Heads; the spooky acoustic strains of the Beatles-meets-Kinks British Invasion vibe of "Bitter," the pounding blues of "High On a Wire," the thick ambience of "2 Young Boys," the percussive beat of "Shadowman" and the psychedelic blues of "White Unicorns."
While building up a fan base in Europe by touring with Eagles of Death Metal as well as their own headlining shows in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Holland and Scandanavia, the band has played scattered shows in the States, including two years at SXSW, as well as shows in L.A., New York, Boston, San Diego and San Francisco. Seeing them live, before a packed, sweaty audience of their crowd-surfing, head-banging fans, is yet another revelation…this one how two guys can create a sound that fills the room-and more.
WithMy Perceptiontheir first official U.S. album, Black Box Revelation will be making their assault on America very soon playing every garage, arena, and stadium!
$12.00 - $15.00
Purchase tickets to see The Sheepdogs live and receive a complimentary track from their upcoming album, “The Sheepdogs” (available September 4th), as well as three exclusive live tracks!
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