the Backroad
Gig Seeker Pro

the Backroad


Band Rock Jam


This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos



"FlipSide Showcase"

FlipSide show case article
'The Backroad' experiments with sound
Daily Record/Sunday News
Article Launched: 09/27/2007 09:28:29 AM EDT

Sep 27, 2007 — Band: The Backroad Members: Kyle Morgan, lead vocals and guitar; Brian Bowman, guitars, keys, synth and bass; and Matt Gochenauer, vocals, bass and harmonica
Who we talked to: Gochenauer

Where did the name come from? We were going through a bunch of names. The Backroads came out, and it was kind of different. It wasn't sort of mainstream. (Morgan's brother-in-law) helped us with it, and we eventually just came to The Backroad because we figured it would be easy.

Can you describe your sound and style? We consider it experimental folk. Our three biggest influences are Paul Simon,

Radiohead and Wilco. We range anything from ambient folk style . . . to more rockish.

You guys play some pretty interesting instruments, right? Our drummer has been playing around with different sounds. He experiments a lot with pitch changes and percussive instruments that are unique. (Smith) took that idea and sort of expounded upon it, and he built his own drum set out of garbage cans and can lids. We've made some PVC-pipe instruments and stuff with ceiling hooks, all kinds of fun stuff.

How long have you guys been playing together? (Bowman) and I have been playing for four or five years now. (Morgan) and I met two years ago when I was in the high school musical. We were jamming and practicing and stuff and decided that we wanted to go further with it.

Is there a certain place that you guys like to play or want to play in the area? We're hoping maybe that we would be able to play at the Studio at the Strand. They have a lot of stuff going on there. We'd love to get into that. Right now, we've been playing out on the streets for First Fridays.

Do you guys cover any songs when you play? Two of our favorites that everybody seems to get into and like are actually are both Paul Simon songs: "You Can Call Me Al" and "Diamonds On The Souls of Her Shoes." We also cover Peter, Paul and Mary; Radiohead and Wilco; and kind of all the bands that influence us.

How do you feel about the music scene in York? It seems really good. It's great playing downtown. We sort of jam and play off each other. People get into it when we're having fun and it seems like they respond really well. The style we play is still kind of new, and some of the stuff we do is a little too far out for some people. Sometimes, we go too far.

Do you have a best memory with the band? One of the best times we played . . . was downtown in front of Kimmans. It was the first time that (Bowman) decided he wanted to try something new with his drum set. We started out as a jazz-influenced kind of band. A lot of our songs and the whole experimental style actually came out of that gig, so that was a good time.

What do you want to be doing a year from now? We're really hoping to make a go of this. We're making all of our own stuff and we're all going to college right now, so it's hurting a little on the wallet. Hopefully in the next few years . . . we'll be able to start making some professional recordings.



the Backroad is currently recording a debut release. It will be released in 2009.



We're friends...we make music...we are the Backroad. We travel around the USA sharing music with people we meet. We play music at all types of venues like festivals, music clubs, universities, parties, BBQs, + more. Kyle Morgan and Will Markley write a lot of songs, and sometimes we play interesting interpretations of the Beatles or Nirvana.

Some other artists we like are: Cabinet, Wilco, Bob Dylan, the Band, Travis, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, the Dead, Ingrid Michaelson, Bess Rogers, Toubab Krewe, the Breakfast, Radiohead, Yellow Dubmarine, and Tea Leaf Green

Our influences include artists as diverse as:
Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Pete Seeger, & Weather Report

When we aren't playing (which is almost never), we like to camp, eat, paint, explore NYC and Philly, and enjoy the outdoors.

Please visit the Backroad on JamBase, Facebook, and MySpace. For more information please contact + 717.578.9064 or