Rock The Boat II
A funky ass keyboard jam ensued next with various musicians helmed by the great master of funk Bernie Worrell, who stylishly led as they careened through a superb rendition of Al Green's "Take Me To The River," a track he covered memorably during his time with the Talking Heads. The fully engaged audience went absolutely wild. Worrell would go on to sit in with several bands over the course of the night.
The show morphed into Minneapolis' own The Histronic on the front boat to take us home with unrestrained abandon. The electro space rock was a delight and spun the dancers vigorously. Throughout the set numerous guests slid on and off stage for a non-stop livetronica jam fest.
JamBase Show Review by Timmy
Mix Magazine 04/13/08
by Sean Brown
There are those who can dance. Those who can really find the beat and move with the music, bumping and grinding or just hopping around with a passion and a purpose; those who make it look good. Those are the kids at the shows and the clubs who tend to get the party started, they don’t even need the aid of some good strong drinks, they’re naturals. And then there are the rest of us. Slightly awkward, sort of uncoordinated, definitely a little less than confident, we need to be shown the way. Luckily, Minneapolis three man electronic jam band The Histronic has the rest of us covered.
Kevin Dorsey aka West Fox, Gill “the Escrooger" Finn, and Stereo Adik came together to form The Histronic in early 2007, recently releasing the group’s first album, also titled The Histronic. Sort of jam band hipster dance music, there is no denying its toe-tapping power. The album kicks off upbeat and smooth with A Dream for Lenny, a song that does well to preview each of the musicians individual talents while setting the listener up for a head bobbing adventure that continues throughout the rest of the album.
I really enjoyed the fourth track on the record, Mage, which starts out with a Ray Manzarek type keyboard intro reminiscent of the Doors’ finest. Following up Mage comes Oedipus, which has a much more mellow overall tone and also the only lyrics on the album, think early Royksopp. Next up is Pelican Bay which starts out so slow and heavy, you almost expect to hear hip hop vocals over the beat, but then it builds and builds before melting into a more traditional drum and bass type track. I dare you not to dance to this song. Phat Cat keeps the bass line heavy, adding more of an R&B funk type flavor with solid organ play towards the end.
Possibly the best song on the album comes towards the end in Wicked Ghost. As the name implies, this song carries a spooky vibe exemplified by a classic organ and spooky Halloween type effects. A raw distortion noise gives the song a heavier feel, I’d like to see it incorporated into next year’s Zombie Pub Crawl.
An excellent debut album by an up and coming Minneapolis electronic band guaranteed to make even those too cool for anything besides shallow head bobbing cut loose on the dance floor.
Mix Magazine 04/13/08
words by Sean Brown
The Histronic - The Histronic
David Paul Kleinman
The Histronic: somewhere between a sans-Trey Anastasio Phish playing an extended version of “Also Sprach Zarathustra" and a sans-David Gilmour Pink Floyd playing an unextended version of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond." If Prince’s band ever splintered off and did their own cool-ass version of the J.B.’s, or if Booker T. & the M.G.’s ever took ecstasy, those jam sessions would sound like the Histronic. Drummer Stereo Adik, bassist Gill Finn, and keyboardist West Fox's debut album makes good on the promise of the last decade of intelligent dance music: listening to it you can think about everything and nothing at the same time. You can ponder the cosmos and pornography: zero and infinity (with apologies to Witold Gombrowicz’s Kosmos and Pornografia).
Tracks like “Sweater Vest" feature a warm keyboard blend of Page McConnell, Herbie Hancock, Merle Saunders, and Richard Wright. Other tracks like “Mage" start off slow and serene, but then shift gears and demand: dance hippies! Still other tracks like “Pelican Bay" uncover some of the bands later—STS9 et al.—influences, but though the thrust of the music is cerebral, they never forget the corporeal. The foundation of the Histronic is Adik’s machine-like drumming. Finn’s bass fills the bottom so well it sounds like another of Adik’s fancy electronic drums. Fox’s keyboard is thusly allowed to stereo its way here and there in a thoughtful, strolling manner. This formula—two for the body, one for the head—works. It works so well I’m willing to type that this is the best jamband album I have heard in 2008. And next year, with Phish injecting a whale-load of spunk into the jamband scene, the Histronic will hopefully capitalize and bring their brand of jam to a theater near you.
words by David Paul Kleinman
Duluth Budgeteer 07/10/08
The Histronic’s trippy dance vision(s)
"And, totally switching gears, let’s now move to Minneapolis’ latest phenomenon: the Histronic. To put it simply, the trio’s self-titled debut is an instrumental adventure in hi-fi sound that’s all at once trippy, trance-inducing and euphoric.
This unique album opens splendidly with the pulsating “A Dream for Lenny," which evokes both classy acid jazz records and the Chemical Brothers’ flair for epic bounce (whereas that group’s block-rockin’ beats are replaced by steadily building basslines).
Even weirder is that song’s unforgettable follow-up, “A Rabbit Drexler." Backed by a big beat, this track abandons the album opener’s sense of dance party and moves into spacey, mesmerizing territory once occupied by the soundtrack to “Strange Brew" and those precious, sans-vocals moments on Styx records that made you feel glad to A) be alive and B) own a nice pair of headphones.
Basically, the Histronic’s music works on numerous fronts: In concert, it’s a plain shame if you’re not loose enough to get down and dance (or so I’m told) and, in recorded format, tracks likes the immersive “Wicked Ghost" and “Sweater Vest," with highs as legendary as those on the Who’s “Tommy," are easy to get lost in.
There is comfort in sound, and no one is more in tune with this fact than the three guys in the Histronic."
Matthew R. Perrine Budgeteer News
Published Thursday, July 10, 2008
Volume One Magazine 11/20/08
WHYS Radio benefit with Minneapolis band The Histronic
words by Andy Plank
I know what you’re thinking, and yeah, the house genre label might bring to mind the oft-marred presumptions of egotistical DJs and gaudy mixes of too much bass drum and bad forms of dub. How refreshing it is then, to find a local project that suggests otherwise. Minneapolis’ The Histronic brings the dance via a three-member band that incorporates the house genre in a funky blend of progressive trance, hip hop, and jam-band rock. Drummer Stereo Adik lays the beat on more tastefully than one might expect, with equal parts acoustic kit and electronic effect, while Gill “The Escrooger" Finn carves tightly spun bass and synth groves around Kevin Dorsey, AKA West Fox’s sometimes poppy, sometimes spacey keyboard experiments. Having been together for less than a year, the project has already made considerable waves throughout the region, releasing a well-praised debut full length, gracing the stages of the area’s largest summer festivals, and sharing bill time with some big-time acts including EOTO, the Flaming Lips, Phil Lesh and Friends, and the one and only George Clinton and P-Funk. The Histronic splits time with fellow up-and-coming Minneapolis progressive-fusion rockers Sol Spectre at the Stones Throw for a WHYS Radio benefit show that promises to challenge any and all assumptions.
words by Andy Plank
WHYS Radio Benefit with The Histronic, Sol Spectre, and Downers Grove • Saturday, Nov. 22 • Stones Throw, 314 Eau Claire St. • 9pm • $5 donation • 21+ • (715) 831-WHYS • www.whys.org