The Backyard Committee is an improvisational roots rock band from New Haven, Connecticut. They specialize in ever-evolving song interpretations, varied setlists and putting on one-of-a-kind, spontaneous performances all around New England.
Modern digital tools like auto-tune, click tracks and samples are commonly used to make music flawless these days, but the band tends to like it better when they leave all the mistakes in. For this particular project, the human element is the most important.
Lucidmike writes the songs, and his friends play ‘em. Each member is encouraged to add his or her own personal voice and style, the only condition being that they remain fully engaged at all times.
The project retains the spirit of exploration established by classic acts like the Dead, Bob Dylan and Neil Young but it’s equally inspired by more offbeat indie rock bands like Guided by Voices, Pavement and Neutral Milk Hotel — it’s a back-to-basics sound, but not a throwback.
The improvisational nature of the band makes it a comfy fit for festivals, extended two-set club shows or secret psychedelic parties in the woods. Band members and the audience alike are invited to become completely immersed in the experience… in order to get the most out of it. To dance. Or just sway. And sing along. And maybe come on stage and play a song. Tapers are encouraged to record at all shows.
The band is prepared to go all the way every night, whatever that means, and they hope you’ll come along for the ride.