Cycles epitomize the power-trio format with ripping guitar, fat bass grooves played out through furious slapping, and dynamic drum beats flowing over intricate tempo changes. Each member wields a unique take on their instrument that when played together, forms a truly fresh and cohesive sound. Patrick Harvey commands the guitar with speed and precision reminiscent of Jimmy Herring while using his loop pedal virtually as its own instrument, a skill unique only to him. Michael Wood has subtly forged a drum style that showcases his rare ability to mashup funky hip-hop beats with frenzied rock riffs and only displays flashy technique when necessary while implementing the creative use of various sound-modulating drum triggers. At the heart of the band lies Tucker McClung’s dominant slap-bass chops that captivates audiences and pumps the musical blood through the band.
The current incarnation of the ever-developing sound of Cycles reveals itself today as a staggering display of seemingly innocuous lyrics over purposeful compositions that only begin to mean more with time. Screaming peaks and balanced grooves find their way out of the chaos of a jam while samples ripped from anything between Prince, Missy Elliott, Chris Farley and Mortal Kombat movie quotes (and much more) ring out in the mix adding to the multicolored blend of sound filling a room and often standing out as comedic elements of the show. Drawing influence from artists such as Rage Against the Machine, J. Dilla, Primus, Weather Report, and many more, Cycles fuse an eclectic blend of genres to produce an original sound that has become harder and harder to find. Although only a few years old, Cycles have over 250 shows under their belt with tours extending across the entire U.S. A heavy touring schedule keeps them on their toes while providing the inspiration to continue to write and always strive to play better. Look out for their name soon on a festival schedule in your hands or a club marquee playing with your favorite bands.
The Alpaca Gnomes
The Alpaca Gnomes are a vibrant, stomp-and-groove original rock, folk, jam band with humble beginnings in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT. They are known for blending their catchy originals with unique takes on classic songs and playing marathon length shows while keeping the crowds dancing and smiling.
Their self titled album, featuring 9 originals, including popular tracks “Honey”, “Train Song” and “Just In Case”, was released in 2012 featuring Benny Mikula(Vocals/Acoustic), Michael Gargano(Drums) Kimberly Nordling-Curtin(Violin/Vocals), Chris Barry (Guitar/Vocals), Martin Van Buren Amidon IX(Bass), Matt Summ(Percussion).
Since then they’ve been busy playing all sorts of gatherings and continue to build upon their loyal following of Gnomies. Most recently they sold out The Acoustic in Bridgeport and have made stops at InfinityHall(Norfolk,CT) Fairfield Theatre Company(Fairfield, CT), Palace Theatre(Stamford, CT), Arlene’s Grocery (NYC), Toad’s Place(New Haven) and many others.
They’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage and playing their songs with many talented musicians over the years including DJ Logic, Ed Mann(Frank Zappa) and members of Railroad Earth. They’ve also had the opportunity to share bills with the likes of Blues Traveler, Living Colour, Rick Derringer, The Tokens, The Drifters and many other fantastic bands.