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Aqueous / Press

“...I have been following Aqueous for a few years now, and have watched the band evolve into a world-class prog/jam outfit - great playing and great songwriting, which is the whole package, really.”

Jeff Miers - The Buffalo News

"The talent in evidence, the quality of the songwriting, the versatility of the jams – this was very close to Phish-level stuff." "Move over, moe. It’s time to make room for Aqueous."

“The band concentrates on making each live performance in your face, yet light-hearted—explosive guitar pyrotechnics often find their way into surprise covers of songs from artists ranging from Will Smith to Slayer.”

“Vaulting from throttling, bass-led rock 'n' roll into stratospheric ambient washes, each band member showcased a startling versatility on their individual instruments. And there was a healthy dynamic of open-ended improv balanced against some really complex compositional work.”

“Despite a highly intense display from Aqueous, the Erie crowd wasn’t ready to see the night come to a close as they called out for yet another encore until well after the venue’s curfew.”

"Aqueous, a prog-rock Buffalo, NY outfit, took the Second Stage by storm as they delivered their particular brand of jamming to the moe.down crowd, which included a hysterical take on Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise.' As people woke up to the catchy melodies and destructive musicianship of Aqueous, it was evident that Saturday was going to be different, and in a great way."

“Best 2011 Concert In A Small Music Venue”

Buffalo Spree

“The songs themselves are adventurous, smartly composed, inventive, exuberant; the jams and improv sections add immensely to the experience, as Aqueous heads off in directions heretofore unknown and previously unexplored. Like all great bands before them, Aqueous breathes as one organism when it is in full flight.”

“What struck me most about this young Buffalo-based band is the level of their musicianship. Every song on the 50-minute setlist kept the cheering fans out on the dance floor and took the crowd on an exciting musical journey.”

“Aqueous must be a conglomerate of robots to play with such combined attention to detail and, yet, fluid spontaneity.... Aqueous understands that the art of music can never be rushed. Solos act more like waves, coming and going a myriad of times throughout strings of songs. Each time, climbing higher and higher, sharing this journey with the audience.”

“Much like an aqueous solution, the sound created melts into a great jam, by calling upon funk, rock, blues and psychedelic sounds that flows amazingly.”

“However, the true beauty of an Aqueous performance is the improvisational journeys they take within and between their songs, inviting the audience on an exhilarating ride.”

“Their addicting grooves and improvisations showcase the band’s stellar musicianship, making them worthy of being one of Buffalo’s best jam bands.”

"The five members of Aqueous feature exceptional musical chemistry and their best songs ripple and flow like a river you feel like exploring again and again."

"I think the thing that separates our take on improvisation is that we try to keep the placement of it tasteful and purposeful. The main focus is to keep the fans engaged and make every attempt to keep each performance unique and original for them and ourselves, because we certainly thrive on new and fresh material. That being said, we have a lot of respect for the art of songwriting and try to maintain a balance between song form and improv," Gantzer said.

"The three-piece rhythm section sets a straight-ahead, rock-solid foundation with a healthy dose of funk, allowing the two guitarists to come over the top with loads of blues, progressive rock, and psychedelia. Imagine some sort of hybrid between The Allman Brothers Band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and The Roots, and then model that after jam bands such as moe., Phish, and Umphrey's McGee."

“Aqueous impressed with their great original song writing. Crowd favorite "Uncle Phil's Parachute" contained so much groovability while still using impressive technical rhythms and melodies.”

“Aqueous used every second of their set to jam, no cracks in this wall of sound. Entertained by smooth segues and killer original”