Tea Leaf Green performs in Avon Friday
VAIL CO, Colorado
After touring for more than a decade, you’d think this five-piece rock band from San Francisco would be set in their ways. Before last year, they could have easily been pigeonholed as just a jam band. But with the release of their latest album, “Radio Tragedy!” (June 2011), Tea Leaf Green has experienced an awakening in its music that has both critics and fans sitting up and taking notice.
Keyboardist and singer Trevor Garrod shares how they’ve evolved from kids who grew up together needing fake IDs to play gigs, to the band they are today.
“With the addition of Reed Mathis in 2008, and Cochrane McMillan in 2010, we’ve broken our mold. We’ve melted ourselves down,” he said. “I think we’re freer than we’ve ever been before.”
The ‘new’ Teaf Leaf
While “Radio Tragedy!” is far from their first album, it’s what the band considers the “debut record of the ‘new’ Tea Leaf.”
“The band is open now,” Garrod said. “We’re an ensemble. There is no front anymore. Everybody is writing. We’re socialists.”
Shedding the jam band stereotype, their new sound is equally danceable only elevated with perhaps a broader appeal, blending elements of modern rock, pop and even hints of reggae. While it may seem like an odd time to “rebrand” a band, these guys are still young. Hopefully this born-again debut album is a sign of more good things to come from the new Tea Leaf Green.
New sound, same stellar live shows. Catch Tea Leaf as they come to Agave in Avon on Friday as a part of their “Radio Tragedy!” tour with special guests Ha Ha Tonka.
Lindsey Grossman works for Rocky Mountain Entertainment, the promoter of this show.
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