INTERVIEW: COPPER MAGAZINE / ISSUE 203:
Creating a Musical World With the Slambovian Circus of Dreams
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New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been coloring ‘outside the lines’ of the Americana genre with their fantastic stories and performances since forming 20 years ago in the Hudson Valley of New York. Their Woodstock-tinged psychedelia has a hint of southern rock, celtic and British folk combined with solid songwriting - a slice of Americana pie that is irresistable!
This June the band returns to the UK following a wildly successful 2022 tour headlining Fairport's Cropredy Festival, Wickham Festival and more where they were voted “Best Band” by fans and promoters alike. Playing towns and festivals from Lochinvar to Penzance since 2008, the Slambovians’ touring history in the UK goes back several years, so they look forward to this tour where once again they bring good will, songs and a bit of magic to new audiences as well as the faithful who have been waiting. Joziah Longo (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 own magic to the Slambovian brew with “a little help from their friends” - RJ McCarty (keys, bass, sax), Bob Torsello (bass), and Matthew Abourezk (drums).
Elements of Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett and The Waterboys flavor the musical mix (Waterboys co-founder Anto Thistlethwaite is featured on their latest album.)
A Very Unusual Head’ is described as ”hilariously genius, philosophically cosmic, folk-metal mastery - the title track is a tip of the hat to the ‘irregular head’ of Syd Barrett and the theme of the album was inspired by the ‘outsiders’ of science and art. The album was included in Rock’n’Reel Magazine’s "Best Albums of 2022" and described as 'their finest work to date.' Exploring the depths of Americana with an artful edge, elements of Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett, and The Waterboys flavor the musical mix.
Fans include: Garth Hudson (The Band), Dar Williams, Anthony Thistlethwaite (The Waterboys), Gary Burke (Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson), Ian Anderson