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Boonton, New Jersey, United States | INDIE

Boonton, New Jersey, United States | INDIE
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Published: 05/09/2012
by Brian Robbins

Damian Calcagne Band
Damian Calcagne Band

Sidewards Records

Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone refers to singer/songwriter/keyboardist Damian Calcagne as “New Jersey’s best-kept secret … who probably won’t be much longer!” If there’s any justice in this world, the self-titled debut album from the Damian Calcagne Band will be the thing that blows their cover. Damian Calcagne Band is a big ol’ sprawling soundscape of rock and soul with sprinklings of funk, laced with smart lyrics, gotcha hooks, and slathers of jam.

You may know Damian Calcagne from his work with Swampadelica and From Good Homes. Besides his years of experience as a player, Calcagne also has time under his belt working with Phish engineer John Siket – which he applied to the recording of this album (and the building of the studio that it was recorded in ). The result is nine songs that radiate a live vibe and right here sound. By rights, DCB will have plenty to do in the months and years to come, but if this album is an indication of what Calcagne and his Pine Valve studio are capable of producing for sound, then look out – other artists will be a’knocking for future projects.

In the meantime, pay attention to Calcagne the musician as well. His lyrics have a knack for sounding like overheard conversations – real as hell; never overplayed or filled with drama; totally believable. (Railroad Earth’s Todd Schaffer co-wrote two of the tunes with Calcagne; his Swampadelica bandmate Brian Herkert co-penned another.) Calcagne’s vocal delivery is much the same: his is the voice of everyman; your best buddy telling you his thoughts; your conscience laying it all out in your head. In the meantime, his keyboard playing is a sheer treat to listen to – a mixture of vintage tone, abundant talent, and tasteful application. Sometimes he’s supporting everything with thick and beautiful layers of shimmering B3 (“End Of Side B”); other times he’s right out front and leading the jam (check out the thrusts and parries between the keys and Carbone’s fiddle on “Return The Mail”); and sometimes he knows when to make his rig sound like it’s on the far side of the garage (“Boat On A Lake”). Calcagne draws off and lets fly at the 3:24 mark of “In My Daydream” and the next 2-1/2 minutes are pure keyboard porn – he works through a massive palette of sounds, handing off the lead to himself in a sonic relay. You want to hear a modern-day master working an organ? Put an ear to this, boys and girls.

Drummer Ned Stroh combines the just-what’s-needed-and-no-more rock ‘n’ roll sensibility of Charlie Watts with an adventurous side; he and bassist Paul Kuzik lay down an “Estimated Prophet”-style quasi-reggae groove on “Wheel Of Life” that is both solid as a rock and loosey-goosey funky as hell. By the same token, listen to the Tulsa groove that the two chug out to get “Lucky One” underway and you’ll be convinced that Kuzik is channeling the late Carl Radle – and that’s a good thing.

And then there’s guitarist Dave O’Donnell who clearly is of the same brotherhood as six-string slinger Doug Pettibone when it comes to being able to go from righteous, ragged twang to psychesquall at the stomp of a box, handling fierce-sounding amounts of power like a veteran snake handler. The guy that’s pulling off a pretty damn cool J.J. Cale in the early minutes of “Lucky One” is doling out the searing churn at the end of “Beautiful Rock & Roll”, the cool little figure that ushers in “End Of Side B” (and the wailing doublestops that lead it out), and the Earl Slick-style guitar heroics of “Boat On A Lake”. Sweet Jesus …

By the way, the album’s award for “Most Wild-Ass Solo By A Guest Player” goes to Dan Myers, hands down. He oozes his sax through a wah pedal on “I Don’t I Love You”, creating a sound that’s both mind-bending and perfect for the emotion of the moment. (Remember to hold your jaw shut with your hand while listening.)

All in all, the debut effort - Relix Magazine/Jambands.com


Discography

Damian Calcagne Band - Damian Calcagne Band

Swampadelica - Swampadelica
Swampadelica - Sidewards
Swampadelica - S'ac Passe!

From Good Homes - Take Enough Home
From Good Homes - Reunion DVD

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"His is the voice of everyman; your best buddy telling you his thoughts; your conscience laying it all out in your head. In the meantime, his keyboard playing is a sheer treat to listen to – a mixture of vintage tone, abundant talent, and tasteful application....You want to hear a modern-day master working an organ? Put an ear to this, boys and girls." - Relix Magazine's Jambands.com

“Most of us have known Damian a long time from both the great Swampadelica & his work with Todd’s band From Good Homes. He kicks ass on Hammond organ and writes beautiful tunes. Damian’s new band is super soulful, sonic & rocking. We’re digging being on his new album.”
- Tim Carbone, Railroad Earth

“Each song is a story deep in melody & hooks that stay in your head long after the session has ended.
Damian & band are the genuine article.” - Gene Paul, Recording Engineer - Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin

The self-titled debut from the Damian Calcagne Band unfolds new traditions of poetic Rock & Americana.
Recorded in the band's new studio, inspired by the legendary Bearsville Studios outside of Woodstock, NY,
Damian Calcagne Band paints in analogue strokes, compressing colors and tones into dreams & admissions of the modern American subconscious.

During the winter recording sessions, word spread and brought the talents of Tim Carbone & Andy Goessling (Railroad Earth, Phil Lesh & Friends), Dan Myers of From Good Homes and two songs co-written with Todd Sheaffer (RRE & From Good Homes frontman & songwriter). All stopping by to lend a hand with horn sections, violin solos, and a heady, soul-stirring wah-sax solo thru a ’59 Deluxe.

Damian was the founding member of Swampadelica where two of his songs, "Mighty High" and "When She Tells U" went to the Top 10 of the Billboard Radio Net Charts. His song "Ganesh" rose nationwide thru steady airplay on SiriusXM and was voted into the Top 50 Songs to Jam Your iPod by Relix Magazine.

As the touring keyboardist of From Good Homes, he appears in "Reunion", their recent film of two sold out nights at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ.