Detroit-based Bump will play the Sandbar in West Vail Tuesday night
West Vail, CO, Colorado
WEST VAIL, Colorado ” When Bump’s road warrior ” a Dodge Ram 3500 white van ” broke down in June, it marked the end of an era for the Detroit-based band. The three-member band was headed to the Wakarusa Music Festival in Lawrence, Kan., when their beloved transportation died after logging an astounding 260,000 miles. It was in the small town of Hays that band members Yorg (guitar, vocals and keys), Clint Carpenter (drums), and Chris Steel (guitar, lap steel and vocals), said goodbye to their companion.
Marking the beginning of a new era and a new album, the boys will bring their “new motown sound” to Vail via a new-to-them Dodge Ram 3500 van. They perform Tuesday night at the Sandbar in West Vail.
Dick Dime, talent buyer for the Sandbar, said he is looking forward to an evening of Bump’s irresistible grooves.
“There are bands that are for thinking and there are bands that are for drinking,” he said. “Every once in awhile a band comes along who is a little bit of both. In this case, its Bump.”
Joe Choma, the band’s publicist of five years, says the album the group’s currently working on features a more stripped down sound than the electronic-infused 2006 album, “Incredible Consequences.” Bump’s new sound has been dubbed “progressive low-fi rock.”
“I’ve heard their sound being compared to The Flaming Lips and Band of Horses,” Choma said. “Their new stuff is more accessible than some of the previous tunes and really shows a maturation of their sound. They’ve always had a little bit of that indie or pop element, and its really grown.”
Vocalist and guitarist Yorg said that while their music has progressed since their first album, their basic influences remain the same.
“It’s still what we call our brand of music,” he said. “We feel like every album progresses to something different. Now we have some pretty songs, a kind of different take on production, but there’s still some electronic themes going on.”
From electronic to hip hop to ’60s jazz and reggae, Yorg said that the band draws their inspiration from an eclectic combination of music.
“I can’t even begin to name all of our influences,” he said. “If you looked at our music collections, you’d be surprised at some of the albums we have.”
The band’s MySpace page features a song entitled “Remember to Forget,” a track that has yet to be released and will not be included on their next album, set for release this winter. Instead, the song is a part of a 20-song “sci-fi conspiracy” double album that has been in the works for a while now. The plan is for the album release to coincide with a black and white graphic novel. Each song corresponds to a chapter in the book.
“The graphic novel really looks like a progressive comic book,” Choma said. “We really want to release it at some point, probably in 2009. We had to push it to the back burner because it’s such a huge undertaking. The idea is to start to blend media outlets because album sales in general are down.”
The double album has been put off because Bump wants to release it at the right time, Yorg said.
“We want to do it right,” he said. “We want to wait until we have the right amount of money and support.”
Bump’s upcoming album, which isn’t titled yet, is due out this winter. Attendees at Tuesday night’s show can expect a few tracks from that release, including “Out of Reach” and “Darker Version of Me,” which are both on their Web site, http://www.bumpgroove.com.
The album, co-produced by Dan Currie (who’s worked with Eminem and the White Stripes) and Josh Epstein of the Silent Years, fuses elements of minimalist rock and indie electro-pop with the band’s “new Motown sound.”
“They really just pull the ideas out of you,” Yorg said about Currie and Epstein. “We finish a song and they just come up with the best way to present it.”
Bump plans to tour in the spring of 2009 to promote the new album. The tour will include a stop at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March.
They play to make a few stops in Colorado on their spring tour as well. The band has a large Colorado fan base thanks to all the mid-western transplants living here.
“The guys love Colorado,” Choma said. “This is probably the eighth time we’ve been out there and we have so many friends. The atmosphere and overall attitude is so laid back and very similar to the midwest.”
Yorg said that this tour is all about getting fans excited about the upcoming album, and playing tracks that aren’t on the original album.
“It’s going to be an insane set,” he said.
“Bump can move your soul, your mind and most importantly your feet. Their spirit and groove will move you.”
Nicole Inglis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Sandbar Sports Grill, West Vail.
When: Tuesday, 10 p.m.
More information: Call 970-476-4314.
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