MUSIC BOX: Brotherly Rock

By on October 20, 2015

Salt Lake City folk-rock quintet returns to the Silver Dollar Showroom.

The June Brothers (left), play the Silver Dollar this weekend; Cure for the Common takes the Tavern’s stage Saturday.

The June Brothers (left), play the Silver Dollar this weekend; Cure for the Common takes the Tavern’s stage Saturday.

Jackson, WY – Akin to Bob Dylan going electric, the subtle emotion of a lone folk singer-songwriter being acclimated to four additional individuals weaves a more complex fabric. The making of a band, in this case, scraped the solo moniker Henry Wade in favor of The June Brothers—hinting at a more family vibe of conspirators and composers. While this Salt Lake City quintet is not related by blood, the recent several months has found the band further from home, touring with intent and becoming a version of family that touring bands become.

“When I started, I was on my own. The songs were produced and the album was done,” said vocalist, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist Spencer Oberle, referring to his debut album under the name Henry Wade. “The guys I found are great songwriters as well, and we started crafting songs together. We wanted the new band name to reflect the collaborative piece that it is now and I think it fits the sentiment of what we’re going for without being pigeonholed.

“Currently, we all have day jobs but have been traveling a fair amount over last four to five months. I’m a general contractor but trying to phase that out. The more we travel, the harder it is to go to a day job. We’d really like to hit it full steam.”

The 2014 release “Meet Your Creature” was produced and engineered by Joshua James, a Utah songwriter and member of American Fork that had a solo album hit No. 1 on the iTunes Folk Album list in 2007. The neo-folk production of “Meet Your Creature” certainly has James’s stamp, and the members of American Fork backed Oberle on the project. The album went on to receive an honorable mention for Local Album of the Year from City Weekly, which described it as “warm and woodsy folksy Americana tunes” with “smoky and resonant vocals.”

“The live shows are more rock-based. We amp everything up and take what’s on the album to an extreme,” Oberle said. “I’m more into a southern rock sound, which wasn’t captured as much on the album.”

Oberle notes Marshall Tucker Band, The Allman Brothers, Wilco and Ryan Adams as influences, but his most important tool for songwriting is harmony — both vocally and instrumentally. Lyrically, it’s all about what’s in his peripheral.

“Whether it’s girls or friends, relationships definitely build a platform for creating thinking and writing,” Oberle explained. “My mom was a professional painter and I love that form of art. That different medium helped develop an artistic eye, and she’s helped me grasp that as well.”

The June Brothers, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. 732-3939.

Montana jamband has the Cure

For those who reveled in the first late night run of shows or the Saturday main stage at Contour Music Festival in June, you likely caught the hard-hitting electro thunder funk of Bozeman’s Cure for the Common. The sextet is fueled by dance-funk, synth-rock and anchored by top-notch musicianship atop contemporary jamband-styled vocals. Epic arrangements are boosted by a home-cultivated light show that coaxes concertgoers into their psychedelic Montana spaceship. With the 2015 release of “The Squeeze” and a summer of festival stages, including Wakarusa, comes a wave of self-confidence.

You’re sick of filtering through the fluff, disenchanted with half-assed live experiences, and overwhelmed by bland, homogenized new talent,” the band’s bio reads. “We are your Cure For The Common, and we invite you to strap on your helmet, and come aboard.”

If you’re putting it out there like that, living up to the name Cure for the Common is imperative. The amount of touring these fellas have embraced is likely a cue that you’ll be walking into a tightly-weaved affair, ideal for cutting loose and surrendering to the groove. PJH

Cure for the Common, 10 p.m., Saturday at Town Square Tavern. $5. 733-3886.

About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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