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The original band was Tom Vogel on flute and alto sax, Jesse Christian on bass, Dean Christian on alto sax, Reuben Vold on acoustic guitar, Friz on baritone sax, and Abe Jindrich on drums. Those guys had a distinct sound and played quite a few original tunes, written by Reuben and arranged by the band. Jesse switched to keys after awhile and Alan Worf took his place on bass. That didn't change the vibe; the sound remained a homegrown indie reggae groove thing. A little later Friz left the band, but Abe's brother Luke moved to town and stepped into the spot that had been waiting for him all along. That brought a new dimension to the horn section, having traded baritone sax for trumpet, but the vibe remained. Alan had to leave town for the summer of 2011, so Jesse told his old man "Dad, you're in the band. You're the bass player. We practice next Tuesday." Even bringing in an old dude didn't completely destroy the vibe they had established over the last 2 or 3 years!
But then Reuben had to leave the band to concentrate on raising his family and Tom married an amazing gal and moved "to the outskirts". The focus began to morph into something different. Reuben had been writing songs and Tom was the primary source of musical inspiration. Both were gone now, but as luck would have it Kyle Kienitz joined the band. All of a sudden we had a reason to live again, so we started searching for material from different genres that we might be able to cover. In the meantime, Abe was putting in a lot of work with The Boxcutters and eventually decided to dedicate himself to that. (They were successful right from the get go and are going strong.) We tried replacing Abe with a couple of drummers who didn't work out for various reasons. So we were stuck with using synthesized drum beats for practice, which was pretty lame. After a couple of months Isaac came along and rescued us!
So now we're covering some funky dance grooves and starting to write a few of our own. We're playing a some gigs locally and keeping it real by keeping it fun.