In the seventh grade, Jonah Simone and Daniel Pope got together and began to jam together, creating catchy but rough and gnarly tunes. However, as they slowly realized their musical potential with a variety of bassists, playing and recording an album, an EP, and a rash of demos as Alligator Pears, they forged an unbreakable musical connection. Now, with the funky and rocking bassist Charlie Meyer, The Turpentines rise from the ashes of the Alligator Pears, a sometimes funky, sometimes crazy, sometimes beautifully resonating band with a unique fusion of sounds. With Jonah’s fiery guitar licks, Charlie’s funky and driving bass, and the polyrhythmic drumbeats of Daniel Pope, this is a musical enterprise that should not be missed. Ghosts of the oldies (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Sly & the Family Stone…) can be found in their music; however, many new influences (Tool, The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead) can also be heard. These influences and many more, along with three unique musical minds, all combine together to create something truly impressive, a band certain to get you moving with their CD and guaranteed to blow you away live. Are you ready for The Turpentines?
Band Member Bios
-Jonah Simone fell in love with guitar at age 8 and has pursued its mastery ever since. He dedicated his first five years to the acoustic blues guitar studying with Darren Loucas and the likes of John Cephas, Louisiana Red, Honeyboy Edwards, Del Ray, Lightin Wells and Gaye Degbalola. He's jammed onstage with the likes of Pearl Jam and Bill Frisell. Jonah received the National Guitar Workshop Steve Vai scholarship and has been featured in the HBO Special "Music In Me". Jonah was formerly guitarist and vocalist for the local band, Alligator Pears. Some of Jonah's favorites include: Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Skip James, Pete Townsend, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta, Fela Kuti, and many more.
-Danni Pope was musical from a very early age and quickly moved from piano to harmonica to drums, supplying the rhythmic foundation for his middle school band and developing his propulsive, high-energy drumming style along the way. Danni was formerly the drummer of the local band, Alligator Pears. He is profoundly influenced by Chad Smith, Matt Cameron, Jon Theodore, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, Blake Fleming, Neil Peart, Carter Beauford, and Thomas Pridgen.
-Charlie Meyer started off in music playing piano at a young age but gave that up for the bass guitar at age 9. He’s been playing ever since then striving to learn as much about the instrument as possible and constantly trying to perfect an original funky, rocking style. Charlie was formerly the bassist for local band, Flora Fauna. A few of his major influences are John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and John Entwistle of The Who.
"Fucking good job! Incredible! You channel the 60’s in the most authentic way...you guys are doing it, great playing, great soul...blow us away with soulful scathing leads...wow, what a drummer!!”
-Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam
Jonah Simone - Lead Vocal & Guitar
Daniel Pope - Vocals, Drums/Percussion
Charlie Meyer - Vocals, Bass
Hysterical Naked (Oct. 2010)
Demo (Apr. 2010)
About the new Turpentines Demo
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“Incredible! You channel the 60’s in the most authentic way [...] you guys are doing it, great playi...“Incredible! You channel the 60’s in the most authentic way [...] you guys are doing it, great playing, great soul [...] blow us away with soulful scathing leads [...] wow, what a drummer!!”
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Free tip for Seattle music media and bookers - new Seattle band I would personally suggest. The Tur...Free tip for Seattle music media and bookers - new Seattle band I would personally suggest.
Best new Seattle band I have seen in a very long time. Next big thing, in the making.
If you are into bands like Cream, that is. They are that good.
A word to the wise. Don't be late to the party with this band, trust me.
Three players way beyond their years.
I mean, way WAY beyond.
-What A Surprise
-I'm Blowing Away
-The Kama Sutra Jam
-I Got You
-Bow Down to Me
-Since I've Been Lovin' You (written by Led Zeppelin)
-Born Under a Bad Sign (written by Cream)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.