The Slambovian Circus of Dreams – A Box Of Everything

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams – A Box Of Everything
Red River Entertainment – RRECD134
Not sure why this band is not better known yet. No, really, I cannot fathom that after listening to this ten year musical perspective from this up-state New York alt-folk-Americana act. I could use the usual “throw these bands in a blender” description with maybe the most noticeable influence nodding to a shade of Tom Petty or the Black Crowes. Even with those influences, this is uniquely original music fueled with plenty of passion for storytelling and musical backdrops that make you really feel what is happening. From the mournful bluesy folk of “Sunday In the Rain” to the gritty, tongue-in-cheek hippie romp of “The Trans-Slambovian Bipolar Express” and crackling psychedelic power of “Pushing Up Daisies”, this band pushes the envelope in a way that would make Chuck Yeager green with envy. They find ways to effortlessly flow from atmospheric ambiance to sonic tube-amp fueled buzz and weave it into a signature vibe that is highly infectious with the added flavor of thought provoking lyrics that actually do…provoke thought. Why has this band seems to have flown under the radar?  More people should take a chance at a band from a small market with a long, semi-silly name . If they do, they will have them on their scope for a long time. – MW