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Acoustik Movement honors the classics

Scott N. Miller
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EAGLE – Neil Young’s song “Old Man” was 20 years old the year Jason Fackler was born. But the Eagle teen loves the tune, and the band he’s in plays it.Fackler, along with mates Andy Friestad, Jimmy Foley and Brett Carrieri, all 15 or 16, make up Acoustik Movement, a band of youngsters anchored in the bedrock of old rock and the blues.A poster of Jimi Hendrix hangs from the ceiling in Fackler’s bedroom in the lowest level of his Eagle home, which doubles as the band’s practice space. There’s plenty of tie-dye in the room, too.The guys get together at Fackler’s house a time or three a week after school, eat a bunch of food, then spend a few hours playing.”I love having them here,” said Jason’s mom Janine Fackler, who calls herself the band’s biggest fan.Sometimes, Janine comes downstairs to listen. When she does, she’ll hear the guys playing a lot of the music she grew up with, music she’s played for her son since he was old enough to listen.

“The old songs are the best. Back then, they played for feeling. Now it seems like it’s more about money,” said Jason, whose definition of “old” includes Hendrix and Young, of course, as well as the Allman Brothers and others from the late 1960s and early 1970sWith the exception of Hendrix, most of those groups kept things pretty simple musically, which well suits a group of kids who all admit they have a lot to learn. Keeping it simple means the band can do credible versions of the old rockers. Mining the deep vein of the blues – something the senior-discount-eligible Rolling Stones have done for, oh, 40-plus years now – is a big part of the band’s small but growing list of original tunes.One of those songs, “The Long-Legged Man,” is a blues shuffle, loping along with Friestad singing. Going back to a more simple style has encouraged more song-writing.”We used to be kind of alternative,” Friestad said. “We’re writing some originals now.”Similarly, the band’s equipment is simple. There aren’t a stack of amps or a drum kit that needs an architect to figure out. Still, the guys can get it pretty loud in Jason’s room, just not loud enough to rupture a spleen.”When I shut the doors and go upstairs, I hardly hear them,” Janine said. But, she added, she knows where her kid and his friends are for at least a few afternoons a week, and that’s important.Jason and Friestad have played together since they were in middle school. Both played guitar at first, but it didn’t take long for Friestad to gravitate to the bass. A couple of years ago Carrieri joined in. Foley, who’d been sort of a roadie for the band for a couple of years, brought his guitar and officially joined the group last year. With the exception of Carrieri, who’s had a few lessons, all the guys are self-taught.

The teens mostly play in Jason’s room, but they’ve had their share of gigs. The band has played at Flight Days and Gypsum Daze. They’ve also had a handful of dates at Loaded Joe’s in Avon, as well as one date at a school concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.The band members are all nearing the end of their sophomore years in high school, an age where thinking about the future is still optional. Of the four, only Jason thinks he might want to study music theory in college, but all say they want to play music as long as they can. And lightning might strike.”I can see playing for a long time,” Friestad said. “But if I’m going to do it for a living, I have to work 10 times harder than other people.”Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or smiller@vaildaily.com.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado




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