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The best kept secret in music

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"Village Voice"

"This articulate guitar-led instrumental trio from Connecticut should confirm the prejudice of anyone who feels that instruments speak more eloquently than singers. The tunes on their eponymous debut, related casually over taut grooves, resemble Frisellian road movies or Eno-esque boat trips between exotic islands."
- Richard Gehr


"Jambands.com"

"...what is most remarkable about Raisinhill: there is so much to listen to. There's no sonic onslaught, no free form wailing for the sake of wailing, but wonderfully crafted compositions wherein the instruments interact with subtlety and grace." - Dan Alford


"7 Days (Burlington, VT)"

"With great dynamics and interesting percussion choices, Raisinhill switches gears from prog rock to jazz nearly seamlessly. At times there's a highly danceable, New Order-like drone groove and at others it's more like '80s stadium rock. From bouncing melodic pop to light and airy funk, this guitar/bass/drums trio is good at just about everything."
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"Relix Magazine"

"I can't remember when I enjoyed an instrumental album from an 'unknown' band this much on first hearing." - Mick Skidmore


Discography

Raisinhill - Raisinhill (2002)

MP3s available online --
www.myspace.com/raisinhill
www.raisinhill.com

Album available online on iTunes and --
www.cdbaby.com/cd/raisinhill

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Bio

The trio Raisinhill has risen from local acclaim to widespread recognition across clubs and music festivals, propelled by the sheer musicianship of their playing and a self-titled CD. The group has garnered praise from some of the most-watched jamband media. Jambands.com dubbed them "New Groove of the Month," leading to their nomination for the New Groove category at the 4th annual Jammy Awards, held at Madison Square Garden. Relix Magazine recently declared them one of the best unsigned bands and winners of their JamOff! competition. Always touring, always playing, with seemingly endless energy and drive, Raisinhill continues to bring their bristling instrumental originals to a host of summer festivals including The Gathering of the Vibes in New York, Smilefest in North Carolina, Riverbend in Tennessee and Evolve in Nova Scotia. Wherever they travel, music fans are paying attention.

The trio has found that elusive musical relationship. They are equally accomplished and equally inventive, and the group's involved, focused, jazzed-up, rocked-out pieces have propelled them faster than most bands dare to dream. Already, Raisinhill has been given featured spots at famed clubs like the Knitting Factory in NYC, House Of Blues in Boston, The NorVa in Virginia and an increasing number of major touring markets each year.

John Kasiewicz, the guitarist, Brian Anderson, the upright bassist and Jay Bond, the drummer, have found that elusive musical relationship. They are equally accomplished and equally inventive, and the group's involved, focused, jazzed-up, rocked-out pieces have propelled them faster than most local bands dare to dream. Already, Raisinhill has been given featured spots at famed clubs like the Knitting Factory in NYC, House Of Blues in Boston and an increasing number of major touring markets each year.

More song-based than jazz-based, Raisinhill still has accomplished jazz training. Guitarist John Kasiewicz studied under the atonal composer Ernie Stires (who also taught Phish's Trey Anastasio) while attending Goddard College in Vermont, and the flair and eccentricity in his playing proves it. His solos take chances, veering from traditional jazz progressions into high-end note-holds that pierce through a piece or fast flirtations that dash between intricate changes. As a member of J. Willis Pratt & We're Bionic, Kasiewicz opened for Phish at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York and has performed and recorded with Phish's explosive drummer Jon Fishman. Bassist Brian Anderson studied Jazz Bass Performance at the University of Miami, FL, and has taken his deep groove loves to new heights in Raisinhill, launching into heavy full-bodied breaks and occasionally laying a bow across the strings for dirty, Primus-like effect. Drummer Jay Bond attended Loyola University in New Orleans and majored in musical composition and drums where he studied with Johnny Vidocavich (drummer for Dr. John and Astral Project) and performed with Jason Marsalis, Michael Ray, Charlie Miller and Stanley Turrentine. Bond is the backbone of Raisinhill, relentless and serious, alternately slamming and sensitive, lending a rich dynamic to the sonic experience.

Sometimes, the members use their voices as instruments, as sounds that weave between the notes. Occasionally there are words attached. Much of the material rises from their intense tri-weekly practice sessions, where the three produce instrumental songs that weave and expand across solid, relentless rhythm and melodic guitar hooks. Raisinhill's music is experimental, drawing on elements from rock-heavy jams to island rhythms and jazz-fusion space, but it's grounded. It grooves. It changes enough to keep listeners leaned forward, entranced, and ends soon enough to leave them hungry.