Spawned out of the fiery depths of the University of Delaware underground, Tweed is the psychedelic combination dream melting jam, funk, electronica, and experimental rock. Guitarists AJ DiBiase and Jon Tomczak bring shredding riffs and groovy vibes, while bassist Paul Braden drops Chernobyl-style nuclear bass-bombs, and drummer Joe Vela meticulously formulates rhythm-induced warfare. The four joined forces in the Fall of 2010 and although young, Tweed’s music inspires and excites, fueled from lyrics provoked by experience and emotion. The group’s chemistry is evident, as they tear up stages with stellar performance and style. Their collaboration can take the listeners from multi-layered visions through the psyche to sweaty, raging dance parties driven by their own incessant beat…
Joe Vela - Drums
AJ DiBiase - Vocals, Guitar
Paul Braden - Vocals, Bass
Jon Tomczak - Vocals, Synth
Tweed releases new EP Jamchronica
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Tweed, a University of Delaware based jamtronica band, has recently released their debut EP titled J...Tweed, a University of Delaware based jamtronica band, has recently released their debut EP titled Jamchronica. The EP features the live-tested tracks, “Pixelrise,” “A Fool’s Paradise,” and “Jezamoon,” recorded at Wonderland Studios, as well as the live recording of “Abandoned House” from NYC’s Sullivan Hall.
A review of the EP by Nick Faircloth claims, “Its music is simultaneously organic and electronic,” which I would say is a fair blanket assessment. The first track, “Pixelrise,” is your traditional jamtronica and left me wondering exactly which jamtronica group it sounded like (I’m still not exactly sure which one). The second song is quite a bit brighter, pulling in a bit more of a ska-like feel in the intro and presenting some excellent traditional keyboard/synth moves. The third and fouth tracks start out mellower and have a more traditional rock band feel. However, I should note that all songs are varied in feeling throughout. As Faircloth describes, “Each track consists of such versatility, making it hard to define the moment,” which makes it difficult to pinpoint the songs into one genre or feeling, but solidifies it as jamtronica, which is ever changing and flowing in a song and is by nature exploratory.
I would also like to comment on the EP art and title. Greg Nowacheck designed the album artwork (featured above) and I think it greatly reflects the ever changing landscape of jamtronica (and subsequently, Jamchronica). The neon colors, the simple shapes, the butterflies, and the fantasy towers all create a sense of lightheartedness and child-like simplicity. The image of a person in prayer is a common (probably too common) theme in psychedelic electronica, but is still a reminder that the music is intended to be reflective. The mind dissolves into the sky and appears to become the butterfly and floating objects, demonstrating the changing and evolving landscape of jamtronica. And as our vision is brought skyward, it follows the butterflies back down and in a cyclical motion we are brought back to the prayer, a similar movement I think you will find in the music. The figure, half in shadow and made of simple yet uneven squares, tells us that not all may be as obvious as it seems. I believe the title Jamchronica is reflective of the cyclical, ever-changing music; it’s goal is to become infective, chronic.
Download the EP for FREE via their website, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
Tweed has played along well known acts including The Heavy Pets, Dopapod, BioDiesel, and Sonic Spank. Check them out at their upcoming shows:
Sun. Aug. 19 – Bella Terra Music Festival, Stephentown, NY
Fri. Aug. 31 – Mon. Sept 3 – EVOLVEFEST, Phillipsburg, NJ
Fri. Sept. 28 – The Blockley, Philadelphia, PA opening for Perpetual Groove
Spark Summer Music Series - Tweed
Spotlight on Tweed drummer Joe Vela
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"Ironically the Newark band Tweed is named after a soft fabric, yet their psychedelic sound, which i..."Ironically the Newark band Tweed is named after a soft fabric, yet their psychedelic sound, which includes a blend of electronica, in addition to other genres, is anything but plush..."
Alumni, student band perform at Mojo Main
"Their music is rage-tastic—it's good, clean fun that simulates the experience of psychedelics..."
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