Consider The Source

NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.
Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called “the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers”, Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin’s hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara’s propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann’s rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann’s muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider’s multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider’s music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.
Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with a wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Matt Darriau (Paradox Trio), Oteil Burbridge, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Burning Man, Gathering of the Vibes, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, Catskill Chill, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Aura Music & Arts Festival (Florida), Jazz Fest (New Orleans), Head For The Hills Festival & SXSW (Texas), Rootwire (Ohio), and the NYC Gypsy Festival. The band’s latest release, “World War Trio (Parts 2 & 3)” (2016) is available at

Genetics: Injecting Rock Back Into the Jam Scene

Though four-piece experimental rock group Genetics calls Denver, Colorado home these days, the band’s roots go back to Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, then-15-year-olds Nathaniel Snow (drums), Jeff Ervine (guitar), and Joel Searls (bass) first began their journey of musical experimentation together. Though they found inspiration in influences like Primus, Rush, Yes, and Frank Zappa, the trio was also firmly immersed in the modern jam band scene, sparking their move to Colorado’s Front Range.

Colorado proved to be a receptive audience for the group’s unique brand of progressive rock. Genetics has spent the past handful of years playing shows all over the Front Range of Colorado, the Midwest and British Columbia, Canada including opening for the likes of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Lotus, The String Cheese Incident and have shared the stage with Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Roosevelt Collier, Garaj Mahal and are occasionally joined by their fifth and honorary member, percussionist Chuck Morris (Lotus).

In 2015, the band released their first full-length album, Dr. Spookymuffin, which showcases the group’s affinity for intricate, linear songwriting and orchestral progressions. In addition to debuting their first album, Genetics added a new member to the lineup, Phil Johnson, on the keyboards. As a result, the band’s already-eclectic sound continues to diversify and evolve with the addition of searing synth solos to the improvisational mix. The four-piece skillfully melds progressive rock, funk, psychedelic, and metal for a hard-hitting sound that’s hard to describe but always surprising, captivating, and even thought-provoking. Audiences continue to be won over by Genetics’ high-energy compositions and impactful stage presence. As the group nears completion on their very own studio, they’ll be poised to record and release a slew of brand new albums and material!

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