MP3 Just before August - Underthelights
Jam band Rock meets Classic R&B Grooves with Jazz inspired horn lines in this Southeastern Massachusettes Based 5-piece rock/roots band.
5 MP3 Songs
URBAN/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover, ROCK: Roots Rock
Formed in early 2002, Just before August has been playing their jazz-infused groove rock to build a loyal grassroots following in Southeastern New England. Listeners of the band, often drawn in by the soulful rhythm and bright melodies, may notice influences ranging from Pink Floyd to Sade to Counting Crows. Some have described the sound as Dave Matthews meets The Roots. While the band''s influences may be diverse, the common denominator is simple--creating thoughtful, enjoyable music while providing a high-energy, lively show.
Just before August is currently touring clubs and colleges to promote their five-song studio effort, "Under The Lights", released in February 2004. Produced by Just before August, mixed by Barry Martin, and mastered by Toby Mountain, the recording "shows a band capable of producing upbeat radio-friendly tunes, along with capturing the band''s signature jazz-infused improvisational sound...lead singer Tommy Teixeira''s floating vocals offer a sort of c''est la vie gloss to any subject matter"(The Scene Journal). "Under The Lights" expands on an earlier four-song demo (produced by Jack Gauthier, Dispatch), more aptly displaying the band''s noteworthy musicianship.
Supporting Tom Teixeira''s floating vocals is the cool jazz trumpet of El Cruz along with the melodic, groove-ridden playing of Mike Purcell on electric guitar. The band''s distinctive sound is rounded out by the analog synth soundscapes provided by Will Blouin, the R&B/rock-inspired bass guitar of Josh Hanoud, and the rock solid drumming of Sean Lagasse.
While the band has taken the music to the road to increase their loyal fan base, their talents have not gone unnoticed. Just before August has won "Song of the Year" in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll 2004 for the song "Under the Lights", they have been featured on the front cover of TITAN Magazine (65,000 monthly distribution), had a track chosen for a benefit cd for the victims of The Station fire in Warwick, RI, and placed second in 95.5 WBRU''s rock hunt competition 2003 where they played at the renowned Lupo''s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI.
Just before August continue to win over crowds of club goers and college students by playing music that is entertaining, meaningful, and infectious. If you have come looking for upbeat music without inane lyrics, or jam music without the self-indulgence, you need not look any further.