The Loft

The Loft

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Intertwining their soulful roots rock vibe with a live performance filled with energy and intensity, The Loft is sure to consistently leave everyone wanting more...

Biography

When vocalist John Banzhoff, his bass-slinging brother Phil and their childhood friends, rhythm guitarist Chris White and drummer Jon Biggs got together with lead guitarist John Burke and released their first album “Soulful Southeast Exhibit” in 2004, things took off instantly. Since this time, the band has moved out of the Gallatin “loft” in which they made their humble beginning and have begun to focus more on writing, promoting themselves and steadily touring, opening for such esteemed artists as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gov’t. Mule, Drive by Truckers and Hookah Brown (featuring Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson). Presently the band is being credited to “combine elements of rock, funk and blues into a sound that's uniquely their own, yet 100% undeniably rock ‘n’ roll,” as they tour nationally on an almost constant basis. Over the past few years, the band has played over 600 shows and has still managed to cut two additional independent releases (“Tombstone Tapes, 2006” and “The Loft: Best of Live/Rarities, 2008”). The guys are fresh out of the studio with Producer Joe West (Emmylou Harris, Warren Zevon, Dropping Daylight, etc.) and are preparing to release two brand spankin’ new tracks, as well as an upcoming album in early 2009.

The band’s high energy live shows are built on a basis of heartfelt, honest and intense lyrics as well as a performance that one has trouble forgetting. This working class band features a lead singer comparable to few others, though he has been compared by many to an early Rod Stewart or Otis Redding or Chris Robinson. From the time that John Banzhoff takes the stage barefoot, mic in hand, shirt clenched in fist, emotions ready to be put on display…to the time that the show ends with the sea of smiling, sweaty fans begging for more, every single member of the band has managed to find a way to personally connect with virtually every person in the audience. From Banzhoff’s friendly and down to earth conversation with the audience in between songs, to his brother Phil’s backing vocals and remarkably charismatic disposition on the bass…from Burke’s 70’s style intense guitar execution, to the smooth and articulate strumming of Chris White on rhythm guitar, moving along to the backbone of the songs you hear with the mesmeric hammering of the drums by Jon Biggs…this group knows how to get the crowd singing and dancing from the moment their set begins. There are no words that can truly do this band’s sets justice. It absolutely takes seeing it for yourself…and once you come out…well, you will hear and see what you have been missing out on all of this time…

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What the band has to say about all of it…

“To me it’s not necessarily about selling out amphitheaters…it’s about building a strong club following and having a packed house at each show…and making a little bit of money to get you down the road, because at the end of the day, it takes that to keep going…” - Jon Biggs, Drummer

“Why do I do this? Because I love music and I love meeting people. Because I like being on the bus every day, going town to town, waking up in dirty clothes, the whole thing…I love to rock out to anyone who will listen. When you rock somebody and you know it…well, then that makes it all worth it…” - John Banzhoff, Lead Vocals

"At least fifty percent of us are going to hell..." - John Burke, Lead Guitar

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A few tidbits about The Loft:

- Over sixty of the band's shows are available for download at http://www.archive.org, a free, non-profit archive of recorded music and video. With downloads well into the thousands on some shows, it has proved to be effective tool in spreading the band's music into markets they've yet to play live. Two of the band's shows which are hosted on the site were chosen as "Live Music Archive Spotlight Show of the Week" - an impressive feat considering the archive boasts well over 200 bands and several thousand recorded performances (including such heavyweights as the Grateful Dead, Little Feat, and the Derek Trucks Band).

- The band has appeared numerous times at well-known festivals such as Austin’s South by Southwest Festival which has led to extensive publicity and industry attention.

BOOKING:
Ari Nisman
Degy Booking International
ari@degy.com
(732) 544-8000

MANAGEMENT/PROMOTIONS:
Kristi Finigan
Hype Promotions, Inc.
kristi@hypepromos.net
(630) 800-0995

LINKS:
Official Band MySpace
www.myspace.com/theloft

Official Band Website
www.lovetheloft.com

You Tube
www.youtube.com/theloftrocks

Official Street Team
www.myspace.com/lovetheloft

Lyrics

Big Wheel

Written By: The Loft

Well as far as I know
We've all gotta go
And jump on that big wheel
And as far as I can tell
We're all doing well
To find our own seats

Chorus:
Don't just leave it up to fate
'cause she's only what you make

As far as we go
I think you ought to know
How I really feel baby
And if you want me to stay
All you've got to say
Is that you need me
And i'll find a way

Chorus:
Don't just leave it up to fate
'cause fate's only what you make

Don't just leave it up to fate
'cause fate's only what you make

Well as far as i know
We've all gotta go
And jump on that big wheel
That big wheel

Chorus:
Don't just leave it up to fate 'cause fate's only what you make

Don't just leave it up to fate 'cause fate's only what you make

Don't just
Don't just
Leave this up to fate....

Something's Got to Change

Written By: The Loft

If shes got it now
Tell her I want it
With my tired arms
I'm barely crawling, you see
I want it now
I need it right now

Buried in my own mess
I still don't get it
We want the moon and the stars
It's all on credit
We want it now
We need it right now

Chorus:
This can't wait
No something's got to change

This can't wait
no no no

There's got to be an end
To this race were running
They knock me down
And they keep on coming
They said they want me right now
They need me right now
But right now what i need is
A chance to beat my place and taste something better
She wants the moon and the stars
And I might let her
But not right now
I got some things I got to do

Chorus:
This can't wait
No something's got to change

This can't wait
no no no

Is it possible that we've all been poisoned
And our minds washed
We just keep on falling
It's slowing me down
Everyday a little slower

Chorus:
This can't wait
No something's got to change

This can't wait
no no no

Discography

2004 - Soulful Southeast Exhibit
2006 - Tombstone Tapes
2008 - Best of Live & Rarities

Set List

The Loft's set list is comprised of original songs and can range anywhere from thirty minutes to a full two hour set.