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Wonderlic / Press

“And as far as sound, the 8+ years of chemistry and tightness is palpable on the album. Recorded in 3 days, mixed and mastered in another 3, all at Macy Sound Studios in Denver, Wunderpus Photogenicus breaks barriers and knows no bounds in terms of style. While the influences of Phish and Frank Zappa are abundant, the album also traces through swing, jazz, bluegrass, rumba, blues, and my personal favorite, the Motown-style R&B track “Like Being Sad”. The tight orchestration on the album is no far cry from their live sound– I was honestly astounded at their chemistry on stage, and how clearly they were all consistently on the same page. Further, the fresh spontaneity was definitely there in person. Many came in to see a jam band, but also saw Heather’s improv freestyle, and heard an array of original material and covers as varied as Johnny Cash and the Band, and a medley of Inspector Gadget and “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka.”

“It's pretty obvious where Wonderlic is coming from musically after a listen to "Sacagawea," the opening track on the group's self-titled album. A jam band for sure, Wonderlic steers through different vibes on the track, going from a bouncy, odd-metered rock section that features some Trey Anastasio-inspired guitar work by Mike Whalen to a reggae groove and back again. But the thing that sets Wonderlic apart from other jam bands is an eight-string electric mandolin — deftly played by Allen Galton. Definitely owing a thing or two to Phish, the band delves into mostly groove-based instrumental jams (there are only two tracks with vocals), with hints of jazz and bluegrass, on the ten-song disc.”

“Formulating the ballot each year for the Westword Music Showcase is always a daunting task, from polling our nominating committee to considering their collective input and putting the whole thing together. But it also serves as an excellent litmus test for the overall state of our scene. This year, as we assembled the ballot for the eighteenth edition of the Showcase — which takes place Saturday, June 23, across more than a dozen stages in the Golden Triangle — we couldn't help but marvel at how much the scene continues to thrive. As you'll see below, it's as healthy and vibrant as ever. Now that this year's ballot is compiled, we need your help in determining the winners in each category. The deadline for all ballots is June 25 — which means you can wait to vote until after you've heard many of the acts at the Westword Music Showcase... 11. ROCK - JAM/IMPROV Frogs Gone Fishin' - Jet Edison - Wonderlic - Whiskey Tango - Yamn - ”

“Wonderlic is your typical yet not-so-typical groove-a-licious groove band from Denver; they have been jamming along the Front Range for more than five years, including the People’s Fair. The Fusion / Jam Band / Jazz lineup consists of an eight-string electric mandolin, guitar, drums and bass. These are original compositions with spare vocals and occasional covers from genres such as funk, bluegrass and jazz. If you are into jam bands, you will be into Wonderlic. If you don’t think you’re into jam bands or have not had a lot of experience with them, this would be as fine an intro as any. Members: Allen Galton (mandolin); Mike Whalen (guitar); Alejandro Castano (drums); James Dare (Fender bass) Influences: Dr. Steve Mullins, Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, James Jamerson, Jazz Mandolin Project, Tin Hat Trio, Chris Stillwell, Miles Davis, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Tim O’Brien, Frank Zappa Sounds Like: Drums, bass, guitar and an 8-string electric mandolin”