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"The Hurricane"

"Aggressive funk," "black rock" and a Sly & the Family Stone for our era - these are only self-descriptions aiming to grasp the seeming simplicity and the contemplative lyrics of up-and-coming local band Hashbrown.

On a cool night on Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, the group, who has opened for James Brown, Method Man and Fishbone, spoke to Life & Art about their live show, the banality of Korn and their favorite German lagers. Hashbrown's latest release, Miles to Go (AxisBold Records), immediately signals to the listener its many elements and seeming contradictions: it's simultaneously relaxed but intense, rambling but succinct, wild but moving, frivolous but pensive. While the music integrates elements of soul, funk, reggae, punk and rock in their sounds, the classic eclectic jam/funk descriptions fail to comprehend how this band creates and what it represents to its members and its growing legion of fans.

Guitarist/vocalist Duncan Cameron is pleasantly candid in conveying his inspirations and his preference for Fender guitars. His demeanor is quiet but passionate as he discusses his goal to make quality three-minute songs - a notion foreign to many traditional jam bands - and one day to create a record that allows him to be "satisfied with every cut from beginning to end [. . .], and it [then] has a feeling, for instance like [Radiohead's] Kid A," he says.

Miles to Go clearly conveys the band's sonic intentions, as lead vocalist/bassist Jay Spencer points out. "It starts with a big boom, then smoothes it out toward the end in an introspective way," he explains. "We'd like to encompass all the aspects of human emotion in every way that we can." Cameron then adds, "We're all really conscious about not being one-dimensional. For instance, look at Korn - how mad can you possibly be?"

"Yeah, how many times can your daddy touch you?" Spencer remarks to a chorus of laughs. "They should've worked all that out the first time! Get some counseling or something."

The self-published band is hot off this month's opening slot for Fishbone's show at BillboardLive. The band's carefree drummer, Rick Kanner, is especially adamant about Fishbone and points out their "definite influence" on him as he downs a Red Bull. The band shares approval of Spencer's statement about Fishbone's sound: "It doesn't so much influence us as does their intensity and musicianship - we'll definitely take that from them."

Spencer then seconds the motion with a tribute to all music in its "raw and spontaneous art form, whether bluegrass, death metal or jazz."
The band considers its live shows to be essential by consciously combining serious, moving songs and fun-loving entertainment. Hashbrown hopes that their dedicated followers are "getting the weight of the music, but also keeping their feet moving." This tall order is filled by the band's serious musicianship, and their penchant for keeping things quirky - including sharing the stage with a fire twirler at the Miles to Go release party at the Culture Room (Cameron notes: "That was pretty close to my head!"). Hashbrown feels a significant connection at college concerts; to the members, the crowds at these shows constitute an audience with an open mind, willing to try something new.

Plans for the remainder of this year are to enlarge and advance the band's success to date. "We'd really like to expand our fan base to the West and definitely to overseas. Spencer explains. "We've done real well in the East and the Northeast, but I hear a lot of people in California saying how much we'd be loved out there." He continues, laughing, "We're also looking to make some money - we're all whores in some way," and Cameron agrees: "Money represents the freedom to travel, to do what you'd like."

"You need to reach that highest possible level at whatever it is that you do, Kanner adds. "For us, it's to always get better as musicians." Hashbrown clearly is developing its strategy to realize these goals. While many bands boast passion, only some perform remarkably and others direct their development, looking to consistently combine sincere expression and timeless fun. Hashbrown fits the bill in all three manners - and, with their creative ingenuity and strong live shows, expect them to be in demand and climbing up more and more concert slots in the near future.

For a complete Hashbrown Press Kit please email us at info@hashbrown.net - Allan Douglas


"The Hurricane"

"Aggressive funk," "black rock" and a Sly & the Family Stone for our era - these are only self-descriptions aiming to grasp the seeming simplicity and the contemplative lyrics of up-and-coming local band Hashbrown.

On a cool night on Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, the group, who has opened for James Brown, Method Man and Fishbone, spoke to Life & Art about their live show, the banality of Korn and their favorite German lagers. Hashbrown's latest release, Miles to Go (AxisBold Records), immediately signals to the listener its many elements and seeming contradictions: it's simultaneously relaxed but intense, rambling but succinct, wild but moving, frivolous but pensive. While the music integrates elements of soul, funk, reggae, punk and rock in their sounds, the classic eclectic jam/funk descriptions fail to comprehend how this band creates and what it represents to its members and its growing legion of fans.

Guitarist/vocalist Duncan Cameron is pleasantly candid in conveying his inspirations and his preference for Fender guitars. His demeanor is quiet but passionate as he discusses his goal to make quality three-minute songs - a notion foreign to many traditional jam bands - and one day to create a record that allows him to be "satisfied with every cut from beginning to end [. . .], and it [then] has a feeling, for instance like [Radiohead's] Kid A," he says.

Miles to Go clearly conveys the band's sonic intentions, as lead vocalist/bassist Jay Spencer points out. "It starts with a big boom, then smoothes it out toward the end in an introspective way," he explains. "We'd like to encompass all the aspects of human emotion in every way that we can." Cameron then adds, "We're all really conscious about not being one-dimensional. For instance, look at Korn - how mad can you possibly be?"

"Yeah, how many times can your daddy touch you?" Spencer remarks to a chorus of laughs. "They should've worked all that out the first time! Get some counseling or something."

The self-published band is hot off this month's opening slot for Fishbone's show at BillboardLive. The band's carefree drummer, Rick Kanner, is especially adamant about Fishbone and points out their "definite influence" on him as he downs a Red Bull. The band shares approval of Spencer's statement about Fishbone's sound: "It doesn't so much influence us as does their intensity and musicianship - we'll definitely take that from them."

Spencer then seconds the motion with a tribute to all music in its "raw and spontaneous art form, whether bluegrass, death metal or jazz."
The band considers its live shows to be essential by consciously combining serious, moving songs and fun-loving entertainment. Hashbrown hopes that their dedicated followers are "getting the weight of the music, but also keeping their feet moving." This tall order is filled by the band's serious musicianship, and their penchant for keeping things quirky - including sharing the stage with a fire twirler at the Miles to Go release party at the Culture Room (Cameron notes: "That was pretty close to my head!"). Hashbrown feels a significant connection at college concerts; to the members, the crowds at these shows constitute an audience with an open mind, willing to try something new.

Plans for the remainder of this year are to enlarge and advance the band's success to date. "We'd really like to expand our fan base to the West and definitely to overseas. Spencer explains. "We've done real well in the East and the Northeast, but I hear a lot of people in California saying how much we'd be loved out there." He continues, laughing, "We're also looking to make some money - we're all whores in some way," and Cameron agrees: "Money represents the freedom to travel, to do what you'd like."

"You need to reach that highest possible level at whatever it is that you do, Kanner adds. "For us, it's to always get better as musicians." Hashbrown clearly is developing its strategy to realize these goals. While many bands boast passion, only some perform remarkably and others direct their development, looking to consistently combine sincere expression and timeless fun. Hashbrown fits the bill in all three manners - and, with their creative ingenuity and strong live shows, expect them to be in demand and climbing up more and more concert slots in the near future.

For a complete Hashbrown Press Kit please email us at info@hashbrown.net - Allan Douglas


Discography

The Fuzzy Logic - EP
Dis B God - Album
Miles To Go - Album
HB3 - EP
Hashbrown's Miles To Go & HB3 available on CDBaby.com

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Bio

Funk? Soul? Hardcore? The mix defies labels. Just call it Hashbrown, and then crank it up. It's what you came for right? It’s a need for something new. The sound, raw and unfiltered like your favorite drink. It's good going down. It's like a riott going on, an audio attack on the same old thing. It's Blues for the apocalypse, Armageddon-funk!

Where have I seen these guys before? Opening up for acts like the Skatalites, James Brown, George Clinton, Rick James, or Fishbone? Maybe it was with MethodMan, Tha Liks or even G. Love and the Special Sauce?

Formed in the year 2000, Hashbrown (Clarence Spencer-bass/lead vocals, Duncan Cameron-guitar/vocals, Rick Kanner-drums) stepped onto the scene with its LP “Miles To Go” on AxisBold Records and gained immediate attention for their insane live performances. The three accomplished musicians have been honing their skills since their college days and their consistent touring schedule has enabled them to build an impressive fan base through the southeast.

“Hashbrown explodes on stage with an intensity and originality that is hard to match…If Hashbrown doesn’t move you, then rest in peace my friend. This is a very powerful stuff.” – The Two River Times

“Aggressive soul for our era” – Miami Hurricane

“…glimpses of Gypsies-era Hendrix, reggae elements of The Police, organic Hip-Hop of the Roots and even flashes of Led Zeppelin, James Brown, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Rage Against The Machine.” – City Link

In addition to their extensive touring, repeat performances at NYC’s legendary CBGB, NXNE Toronto Music Conference, as well as the Langerado and the Bob Marley music festivals, have only confirmed what many have already known as fact. A Hashbrown live performance is an experience not to be missed. What’s it sound like? Think of Sly Stone riding shotgun with the Clash on the way to a barbecue at Electric Ladyland.

”A punk/funk/rock/soul power trio with a style all their own, Hashbrown is here.” – The Miami Herald

Recently the band has been touring the east coast in promotion of it’s latest release “HB3,” a collaborative effort with noted producer David Kennedy (Mary J. Blige, MosDef, A Tribe Called Quest, Keith Richards.) that captures the intense energy of their live show with some sonic seasoning for added pleasure. From the hard-swinging intro of “2 to 1 Ratio” to the dub-laced “Shuck N’ Jive” (an ode to the daily grind,) or from the airtight percussive attack of “Chiquita” to the made for PBS positivity of “Strange As It Seems,” there’s no mistaking the trio’s unique footprint on each musical avenue they explore. Refreshing, organic, aggressive, and alive, it’s a Hashbrown thing.

Currently, Hashbrown is focusing on expanding their touring regions while completing pre-production on its yet untitled release slated for late October. They’re a must-see if they come to your town. Funk? Soul? Hardcore? The mix defies labels, just call it Hashbrown, and turn it up!