Northwest bred deep rooted funk-groove music
Snug Harbor is a funk-soul-fusion ensemble, tucked away in the corner of the Northwest, in the city of Bellingham, WA. Their ages range from 21-36, and their passion for music is exercised and recognized during every live performance. This eclectic array of musicians have joined forces in Western Washington, however they are rooted in various places around the world including: Japan, New York, Maine, North Dakota and Washington.
Snug Harbor has sold out the Wild Buffalo multiple times. They have played and headlined many festivals in the Northwest including the 2010 Seattle Hempfest, Urban Music Fest '10, etc. We have had the privilege of opening for many nationally touring acts including Five Alarm Funk, The Aggrolites, Delhi 2 Dublin, etc...
Fans of Snug Harbor can expect to witness high energy funk and soul music with jazz infusions, as each live show contains elements of improvisation on heavy funk grooves.
Recently recorded the debut full-length album at Seattle's Fastback Studio (Reggie Watts). It is currently being mastered (John McCaig) and pressed (Bison Bookbinding/Blank Studio). We are very proud and excited about our first "full-length" album, and we think if you give it a shot you might be excited too. We appreciate all types of feedback, so your critique is encouraged.
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Drawing on jazz standards and contemporary, local music, the initial members of Snug Harbor released a demo recorded by Joel Ricci, and Mars Lindgren (Lucky Brown, Yogoman Burning Band) in their home studios in the York neighborhood under the moniker Apothecary House Band. Under numerous circumstances, Ricci has served as a mentor for the entire group. Trumpeter and vocalist Will Glazier recalls his move to Bellingham, "Joel was my biggest inspiration. You saw him play everywhere. His music was so powerful you could hear it echo throughout your core. I remember the first day I met him, he brought me inside his home, cooked me dinner, poured me wine, and taught me an instrument I hadn't played before".
With another year under their belt, Snug Harbor thought of ways to preserve the raw sound of their live energy. “Sounds From the York”, their debut EP, was released on September 22, 2009. It was recorded live in-studio and engineered by Chris Vita at Fairhaven Studio at Western Washington University. Very little post-production was spent on this album, with the intent on releasing an organic product.
The follow up to "Sounds from the York", is a self-titled album that was recorded Jan 7-9 at Seattle's Fastback Studio. "Snug Harbor" is a studio album that includes variations on funk and soul based grooves. Caine from ColdNote guest appears along with Jun Nakamura. Because of Snug Harbor's deep respect for Chris Vita, he was chosen to be the engineer again. The album was recorded using vintage mics and outboard equipment. The release date will be announced soon...
Will Glazier - Vocals, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Lofgren - Spiritual Advisor, Drums, Cajón
Justin Smith - Hammond B3 Organ, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet
Daniel De Lisle - Tuba, Trombone, hollerin', flute
Frank Vitolo - Bari Saxophone
Nick Taylor - Bass, Alto Saxaphone
Mark Lorenz - Guitar
The Apothecary Sessions EP was recorded on two different days, with producers Joel Ricci and Mars Lindgren (Yogoman Burning Band/Lucky Brown and the Funk Revolution). It was used initially to get Snug Harbor their first show, at the Wild Buffalo House of Music in early 2009.
In the summer of 2009, Snug Harbor went to the recording studio under direction and engineer, Chris Vita. "Sounds From the York" was recorded at Fairhaven studios, and released in October of 2009. Free streaming samples of both works can be found at myspace.com/snugharbormusic . "Sounds from the York" can be purchased at cdbaby.com/artist/snugharbor or visit iTunes for a digital release.
"Sounds From the York" clips, streams, and interviews have been aired on KRML 94.7 FM in Carmel, KISM 92.9 FM in Bellingham, KUGS 89.3 FM in Bellingham, and Mully Radio online.
Snug Harbor is in the process of recording their first full-length album. It was recorded at Fastback Studios in Seattle under engineer, Chris Vita. Mixing, mastering and pressing are happening now. Keep your eyes peeled for "Snug Harbor" the album, due out in the Spring of 2011