“They have an air of both Floyd and maybe Bowie at times atop their folkcountry roots (note, not fauxcountry) – but it’s done with a warmth and comfort of a mystical Nebraska or poetic Crazy Horse.” – Sleazegrinder, UK
Voted "Best Band of 2022" by NY’s Chronogram Magazine for their rootsy, rockin’ psychedelia, the Slambovians' deep connection with audiences and exciting live shows are legendary. Musical influences of Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett, and The Waterboys can be heard, yet the Slambovians' musicianship and critically acclaimed songwriting stand on their own. Joziah (the resident shaman of Slambovia), leads with vocals described as "soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic.” Longtime bandmates Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, mandolin, flute) and guitarist/mandolin wizard Sharkey McEwen bring their magic to the Slambovian brew with “a little help from their friends” - RJ McCarty (keys, bass, sax), Bob Torsello (bass), and Matthew Abourezk (drums). This Woodstock-tinged psychedelia has a hint of southern rock and British folk combined with solid songwriting - a slice of Americana pie that is irresistible!
The band's latest studio release, "A Very Unusual Head" is considered to be "their finest work to date" - Rock’n’Reel Magazine, UK.
“They take the stage by storm!” – NY Times
“Longo is an awesome songwriter” – Garth Hudson, The Band
"Longo, a god of the rock underworld!" – John Platt, WFUV Radio
"Great songs and a whole lotta heart" – Meg Griffin, SiriusXM
“Simply one of the finest American bands” – All Music
“The cool end of Americana” – Maverick Magazine, UK
"The best band since the Beatles" – Jim Pons, bassist: Frank Zappa, John Lennon
“Tink” - CROPREDY FESTIVAL 2022
"The Grand Slambovians" (Live)
“The Trans-Slambovian BiPolar Express”
LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD: A Very Unusual Head
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Longo grew up playing traditional country, folk and mummers music with his father. Performing professionally from the age of 13 doing Dylan covers, he eventually moved to New York to pursue his muse. Playing venues ranging from CBGB’s to Carnegie Hall in the 90s, Joziah was also in the first American band invited to perform in mainland China, effectively ending a decade-long ban on Western music.
In 2010 - 2012 Longo was commissioned by Broadway’s Circle in The Square Theater in New York City to write songs for 2 original musicals with Broadway's legendary director, Theodore Mann. He is currently working on "The Book of Better Things" - a tribute to Chinese immigrants who came to America, helped build the railroads, and made contributions to our nation's early history.
Longo is the main songwriter and lead singer for the band and is currently working on the next album, due out in late 2024. This will be the band's seventh studio release.
Guitars, mandolin, backing vocals
A longtime musical partner of Joziah, Sharkey has Louisiana roots but grew up in L.A. where he cut his teeth as a player on Sunset Strip before coming to New York in the early 90’s. His inventive, fluid playing compliments Joziah’s songs, never upstaging the story. He has been the band’s main engineer and co-producer with Joziah and Tink since their critically acclaimed first album, "A Good Thief Tips His Hat," released in 1999.
Multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute, theremin) comes from a long line of feisty Irish musicians which brings a spark to the band’s music as well as performance. She considers herself a musical ‘stylist’, dressing the songs as needed, with an ever growing pile of instruments on her side of the stage… Tink has worked with Joziah since meeting in the 1980’s.
Matthew Abourezk has played drums professionally for over thirty years, most notably with the alternative rock band Thin White Rope. As the first American band to tour the USSR, Thin White Rope toured extensively in the US and Europe and produced three music videos that were featured on VH1 and MTV. Reviewed multiple times in People Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Melody Maker, the latter named Matthew “one of the best about.” Matthew has opened for Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and more. He has worked as a session drummer at Warner Brothers Amigo Studios in LA and as a drum instructor. He appears on four Thin White Rope studio albums.
Bass, keyboards, sax, banjo, backing vocals
Music runs deep in RJ McCarty’s blood. He is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist and a veteran of performing. With early roots in theater, his love of music has bloomed beautifully out of control since he left his home in New Orleans to hitchhike across America with his banjo in 2017. His intuitive and nuanced style of playing brings the band’s intricate and layered songs to life. Nowadays, you can find him playing with multiple different ensembles throughout New England and building handcrafted stringed instruments.
Bob Torsello is a founding member of the critically acclaimed garage-pop band Shrubs and the ground breaking spoken-word group Janet Hamill and Moving Star. He has performed and recorded with Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith, jazz legend David Amram, Glenn Mercer of The Feelies, and rock guitarist and historian Lenny Kaye.
Bob ran away with the Circus in 2013.
Bob is an official #Spectorbass Artist. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSpector