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"Finding new sounds through old" is just one way to describe Friends of the Phamily's musical approach. Since their formation during the summer of 2008, the band has spent the past few years finding themselves and "searching for the sound" that has come to define them, musically. The band holds true to their name with an ever changing lineup comprised of friends that have come and gone for various reasons and has now, just recently, begun to level out to a steady 8-member outfit including two guitars, keyboards, drums, bass, auxiliary percussion, and harmonized vocals. FOTP will expand their musical horizons by creating original music from time to time, however the focus is primarily on their true love...the music of the Grateful Dead. There is something about the Grateful Dead's expansive catalog of music that is unique to any other band that has ever been. There is no putting a finger on any one element and saying, "this is what the Dead was all about." Instead, the exploratory nature that was intrinsic to their music is the essence of the spirit FOTP wishes to embody and carry on. The band's aim is to bring familiar sounds to those who hold the Dead's music dear, as well as open hearts and minds to something new if they have not had the opportunity to embrace it before...that, and to give the people a reason to dance, clap, chant, whirl, twirl, hoop, hoot, and holler for more!