September 19, 2014

Icon Fetch Gives ‘A Box of Everything’ Kudos

“Every once in awhile, I stumble upon a really good CD that proves that rock is NOT dead (despite what Gene Simmons thinks). This is definitely one of them.” – Tony Peters
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The Slambovian Circus of Dreams - A Box of EverythingThe Slambovian Circus of Dreams – A Box of Everything (Red River Entertainment) review

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Every once in awhile, you stumble across a great band that’s released a string of albums that you’ve never heard before.  The Slambovian Circus of Dreams may be one such band.  But, instead of chastising yourself for not discovering them sooner, get caught up with their new compilation, A Box of Everything.

The disc grabs tracks from four of their studio albums over the last 15 years, beginning with A Good Thief Tips His Hat in 1999 to The Grand Slambovians in 2011.  Surprisingly, the music is consistently good throughout.

Despite their exotic moniker, the band’s gift is writing melodic tunes that evoke styles of the past, while never directly copying anything.  Take “Tink (I Know It’s You),” with its chugging guitar and harmonica, it’s reminiscent of Nineties’ Tom Petty.  Yet, when the chorus comes in, the slide guitar (played by Sharkey McEwen) sounds like a cross between David Gilmour and Duane Allman – it’s a spine-tingling moment.

Even if you own everything the band ever recorded, there’s still a couple of previously unreleased tracks – “Box of Everything,” which starts out delicate, before giving way to a big chorus featuring great harmonies and cello, is one of the disc’s finer moments.

It’s not often in a band that you notice each member’s unique contribution this closely.  Lead singer Joziah Longo has the ability to embody different characters, depending on the song.  He’s the twisted ring leader of a mad circus in “A Very Unusual Head,” and the guy that hasn’t slept in 48 hours on “Sunday in the Rain.”  Longo’s multi-instrumentalist wife, Tink Lloyd, helps add deep textures to the songs – the accordion on “Rocket,” and the haunting cello on “Good Thief.”  McEwen is the band’s secret weapon, adding passionate leads that soar to dizzying heights.

A welcome surprise is just how good everything sounds – it’s obvious these guys know their way around a studio. This is one of those albums that should really be enjoyed either on CD or vinyl.   The earthy instruments don’t fully hit you on a compressed mp3.

While The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been described as “Hillbilly Pink Floyd,” I think that sells the group short.  True, there are a few songs that clock in at over nine minutes, but there are textures here that Floyd would never dare to explore.  However, the one thing both bands have in common is the ability to write memorable songs (something that is certainly lost on many Floyd copy bands).

Box of Everything is an excellent introduction to a gifted band that deserves more publicity.  —Tony Peters

 

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September 15, 2014

Hallowe’en ~ All Saint’s Day Show

Official Announcement from the Ministry of Culture:

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“The Grand Slambovian All Saint’s Resurrection Ball”
Saturday, November 1st Doors 6:00 /Showtime 8:00
Allentown Brew Works 812 W. Hamilton St. Allentown, PA 18101
Come join us for a night of music, mysticism and celebration Halloween Weekend!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT: http://www.listenlivemusic.org/

All Hallows is the day to ‘Dance With The Dead’, commune with the spirits and ‘Light A Way’ for all those who have crossed over to the other side! Theme is ‘Day of The Dead’, but with a Slambovian Twist! More info coming soon…

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August 31, 2014

Midwest Tour photos

Some photos from our recent Midwest Tour……

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August 29, 2014

Happy 75th Anniversary to The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz film turns 75 this month. To mark the occasion we put together a little tribute to honor this work we so love  – and one that has obviously informed Slambovian culture.

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August 24, 2014

Falcon Ridge Photos

As the summer draws to a close, we wanted to make sure we shared some of our favorite shots from Falcon Ridge! (Click on a thumbnail to view full size.)

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August 13, 2014

WNTI FESTIVAL

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Hey New Jersey! We are playing the WNTI Festival this Friday – Spider Glenn and the gang have a GREAT lineup for the weekend with Marshall Crenshaw, James Maddock, Willie Nile (our good friend, just won ‘Rock Album of the Year’), and many more! Support an outstanding radio station and enjoy the show – see you there!

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July 23, 2014

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

“This show at the dance tent is not to be missed. It melts everything you brought that you do not need.”- Fan 

As you know, this is an event that is much anticipated by the Slambovians and festival goers alike – the legendary Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is coming up the first weekend in August (1st, 2nd and 3rd). In it’s 26th year, this annual pilgrimage is a destination for musicians and music lovers from all over the northeast with lots of opportunities for artists of all different levels to play, listen and make lifelong friends in the ‘Hills of Falcon Ridge’.
Here’s a few of the performers who we’ll be hangin’ with, swapping songs and doing the always unpredictable workshops with:
Aoife O’DonovanBeth MolaroThe Boxcar LiliesBrother SunConnor Garvey,DarlingsideThe Duhks, The Grand Slambovians(us), The Horse FliesThe Ivy Vine PlayersJohn Gorka, Kim & Reggie HarrisNerissa & Katryna Nields, Paul RosenbergPete’s PossePerpetual e-MotionRalph SweetRonny CoxRoosevelt DimeThe Russet TrioSeth GlierSpuyten DuyvilThe StorycraftersTom PaxtonTracy Grammer and many more…
Really looking forward to the dance tent (see video)
– where the fans put on a great show for the band!*

See us around 8:00 pm Friday night in the Dance Tent and closing out Saturday night on the Main Stage.
We’re bringing some new friends to add to the fun onstage all weekend and of course lots of surprises in the merchandise tent as well.

Come for the day or for the whole festival. Info and Tickets Here.

*Last year’s Dance Tent set was filmed by director Victor Moore. 

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July 6, 2014

Towne Crier Cafe this Friday!

This Friday, July 11, we return to one of our favorite venues – The Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon, NY for one of the last ‘A Box of Everything” CD Release shows – and the only one in our hometown area! Show starts at 8:30 and you can get tickets here. Come early for dinner or for one of Mary Ciganer’s famous signature desserts!

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July 1, 2014

A few shots from the NY Faerie Festival….

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June 30, 2014

Great night with WPKN, the Fairfield Theatre Company and Hamell on Trial.

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June 21, 2014

NY Faerie Festival

We return next Friday and Saturday to the unique and whimsical NY Faerie Festival, where faeries, elves and other fantastical creatures turn the woods into a wonderland of magic and imagination. Tickets and info HERE.

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June 19, 2014

WPKN/FTC Benefit Show

Thursday, June 26 we’ll be at the Fairfield Theatre Company in CT, playing a benefit show for our good friends at WPKN 89.5 FM as well as the Fairfield Theatre – two non-profits that do a wonderful job of supporting great music in the CT area and beyond. The “one-man punk band” Hamell on Trial will also be performing. Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:45. Tickets can be purchased through this link.

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June 3, 2014

Mini-Midwest Tour this week!

We head to the Midwest this week for a quick tour. Thursday we hit The Ark, a beloved Ann Arbor venue that has been a calendar staple for many years. On Friday we return to Chicago for the first time in a few years – this time playing the Old Town School of Folk Music. We have heard wonderful things about this venue and are very much looking forward to playing there. We wrap the tour up on Saturday with a trip to Green Lake, Wisconsin – The Thrasher Opera House. Check our calendar for more details. http://slambovia.com/shows/

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May 24, 2014

Thank you, UK!

We would once again like to thank everyone who made our UK tour such a joy, especially Ian and Sue (2nd and 3rd from left) who took care of us for three days in the lovely British countryside. On the far right is the legendary Ron – our driver since the beginning of our UK odyssey, whose stories helped inspire the writing of “Very Happy Now.” Here we are at the beautiful Shelwick Court, near Hereford.

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May 6, 2014

Footage from the Wath Festival

Footage from the Wath Festival of “Flapjacks from the Sky.” Wath was the second appearance in our 7-gig U.K. Tour. Rest day tomorrow followed by gigs in King’s Heath, Wingham, Hertford, and London. Thanks to all our U.K. fans – it’s great seeing you all again!

(Video by Peter Simmonds)

 

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