Imagine if King Crimson, Traffic and Frank Zappa had dinner and drinks with Phish and moe., and that still wouldn't quite cover what herbie is. - Shinbone Magazine (2008) Whatever herbie is, you can hear what the band is all about with it's brand new album, simply titled herbie. Released on December 14, 2013, the eponymous album is the group's third full-length release (the first since 2008's live album, Left of Center) and includes 13 original songs written, arranged, performed, and recorded by the band. So, what can you expect? herbie (the album) boasts a seemingly never-ending fusion of styles and moods. Everything from groove pop and old school funk to prog rock, reggae, and epic instrumental passages is represented. There's even the gospel-tinged 'Call Your Own' featuring inspired organ work by newest member Aaron Trasatt (who officially joined the band in 2014). Over the course of thirteen tracks and almost eighty minutes of music, the band effortlessly melds all of these styles into it's own characteristic high-energy jam-rock. The album was brilliantly engineered, mixed, mastered and produced by Mike Washkevich of MDW Productions in Harrisburg, PA, who was instrumental in pushing the band to it's limits in the studio. The new album is truly representative of herbie's diverse style, which is difficult to pin down since the band's musical influences are many. Fly Magazine writes: "The song 'White River Junction' is part reggae, a dash of heavy metal with screaming double guitar harmonies and a section in 7/4 time signature... Imagine the polyphonic acrobatics of bands like The Police, Emerson Lake & Palmer or Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, and you can get an idea of the band's musicality. They play tight with a penchant for complex arrangements and stylistic hybrids." What about the live show? herbie's live show is fun, energetic and diverse. Fly Magazine writes: "Within the constraints of an hour and a half set, herbie manages to evoke just about every music style one could possibly imagine. Anywhere from Edgar Winter to ELP, Phish to Rush, Sublime, Steely Dan and beyond, the band takes an encyclopedic trip down the past 30 years of good music." It is typical for the band to mix original songs and cover tunes with stretched out improvisational passages and impromptu musical interludes. With that said, the band is truly in it's element on stage and thrives off the fluctuation of energy between the band members and it's audience. Some background info on herbie... The band assembled in 2000 on the campus of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, where guitarist Jay Baab and bassist Ben Eberts founded the band. By mid-2002, seasoned drummer Ffej Herb entered the picture and herbie began to pick up steam on the Central PA scene, garnering tons of press and plenty of high profile shows at notable clubs such as The Chameleon and Dragonfly. The band even had a long stint at The Hardware Bar for Harrisburg Online's popular "Twisted Tuesday" events. The band eventually found it's home at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, and continues to play the Abbey Bar regularly, including a decade-long string of successful holiday shows dubbed "A Very Herbie Xmas." Not sure what to make of the band, the public generally grouped herbie into the "jam band" scene. However, the band always felt it was more than that, and always strived to defy categorization. Shinbone Magazine wrote in 2008, "Sure, they've got the meandering flow of jam bands. But there's also the soulful, bluesy feel of Motown, a touch of the staggered, muscular rhythm of hip-hop and the complex structure of prog rock. And that's really the trick of the band. They move effortlessly from one genre to another without it feeling in the least bit contrived or academic... They're musical scholars, yes, but first and foremost, they're musicians." However, the jam band tag ultimately gave herbie some recognition when the band won back-to-back "Best Jam Band" at the Central PA Music Award ceremonies in 2006 and again in 2007 (the only two years the Awards wer
Bats in the Cave
Ava B' Cava
Call Your Own
White River Junction
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