For anyone who enjoys scintillating guitar riffs and improvised progressions, then Boston’s Leon Trout is exactly the new band you are looking for. Vocalist and guitarist Aaron Cram, guitarist and backing vocalist Jimmy Geikie, bassist Sam Slotnick and drummer Roger Dumaine have torn the jam scene in New England and beyond for the past few years, but they are not your band. typical jam. They have a wide range of influences – from metal to funk to reggae – which they integrate into an original sound. On July 23, people will see what these guys are when they take the stage at Electric Haze located at 23 Millbury St. in Worcester. Northboro rock ‘n’ roll band Way Up South to open at 8 p.m.
“It started in college when I was going to Keene State in Keene, New Hampshire,” says Dumaine of the group’s origins. “We started playing house parties on the weekends and Sam and I are kind of the only original members of the band. We’ve had a lot of changes over the past seven years or so, and Sam and I have known each other since we returned to college when he traveled to Franklin Pierce in Rindge, New Hampshire. After we graduated we were like, “Hey let’s keep doing this” and we moved to Boston in 2015 with the goal of playing music. We’ve been through a number of different guitarists, and Aaron’s been good friends with Sam ever since he went to Franklin Pierce together, that’s how we got him into the band, and thanks to some friends of friends. , we met Jimmy a few years ago and was a perfect fit for who we were. search in our sound.
The band’s most recent album is a live album called “Trout Tapes Vol. 1” released last April and recorded at The Acoustic in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They plan to have this the first installment in a series of live albums that will be recorded in various locations.
“Before we started playing a gig at The Acoustic the sound guy over there told us he could get a recording from us through his card and do a little mixing to make it sound like an album. , and we totally agreed. ”Dumaine talks about the making of the live album. “That’s when we came up with the name ‘Trout Tapes’ so we could keep releasing live albums and more volumes. It’s not a generic name but it’s easy to remember and we don’t have to worry about what name we’re going to give to every live album we release. It’s kind of inspired by Grateful Dead’s ‘Dick’s Picks Volume 1’, in the sense that it’s easily expandable and we can keep it going.
After the show at Electric Haze, Leon Trout will be hosting his own music festival called TroutStock. This will be performing at the Magic Forest Farm in the New York hamlet of Coeymans Hollow on August 7-8 with artists including Bella’s Bartok, The Stupid Robots, The Cosmic Factory, The Quins and The Trichomes, among others.
“We’ve been in the festival circuit for four or five years now and we’ve always joked that we should start our own festival and organize it,” Dumaine said. “This year we thought, with everyone coming back from the COVID-19 pandemic, that people just want live music and need it in their lives, so we decided to do it. Things started to fall into place very quickly in an incredible way. We’ve had a few ups and downs when it comes to establishing a location, but the Magic Forest Farm is a bigger upgrade than what we originally had. It’s a bigger stage and it’s a beautiful location located on a private organic farm on top of a mountain near the Hudson River Valley. The stage is overlooking the valley and the sun is setting right in the distance, we’re going to have vendors of all kinds ranging from jewelry and clothes and all that stuff.
“We will also have food vendors,” he adds. “It will be a full festival with music all day on Saturday and half the day on Sunday. We figured we would start small and then work our way up from there. We want to keep a little local festival vibe, we don’t want to blow it up as a huge festival. But next year we’ll have more days, more bands, and more music. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.
To pre-order tickets or for more information, visit the Electric Haze website at thehaze.com/electric. For more information on Leon Trout and TroutStock, visit leontroutmusic.com.