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"The New Fuse Comes To Town"

The New Fuse returns to town
Eastern alums happy to show off their new jam-influenced album
DEN Verge
Issue date: 8/29/08 Section: The Verge

Wanna go?

Who: The New Fuse

When: 9 p.m. tonight

Where: Friends & Co. 509 Van Buren Ave.

When Shane Davies left Eastern in 2000, the Charleston Police Department knew him well.

Local neighbors called frequently to complain about Davies practicing with one of his several bands.

He and Brent Kimbrough, another former Eastern student, return to Charleston with their current band, The New Fuse, to play a show at 9 p .m. tonight at Friends & Co., 509 Van Buren Ave.

"I hope we don't have any outstanding noise violations against us," Davies said.

The duo's Chicago-based band formed in 2004 and released their first album, a four-song piece called "In the Now," last January.

Davies said he has fond memories of Eastern.

He started playing music in Charleston and often attended the now-defunct Stu's, which is now known as Club 217, for their Phish and Grateful Dead music night.

On the weekends, his bands played wherever they could, often at parties. Eventually, he played at Mac's Uptowner with a band called Trickle Down.

"It was the first show I ever did," Davies said. "I was a mix of both nervous and excited."

This will not be the band's first show in Charleston. In 2006, they played Santana covers at Friends & Co.

Since then, Davies said the band has developed their sound, playing mostly their own original music, mixing in a choice cover, depending on the crowd.

"We've had our sound called jam-rock-reggae-funk, which I think is pretty accurate," Davies said.

Keyboardist Kevin Yanong and saxophonist Rodney "Hot Rod" Brown were added to the lineup of Davies on bass, Chris Morrows on drums and Kimbrough on guitar shortly after 2004.

In the time between Davies' graduation and playing with the band, he has not stopped learning.

"I'm still learning every day, that's the beauty of music," Davies said.

Davies' continual learning is a by-product of being self-taught on bass. He first learned how to play drums in high school, after discovering his brother's drum kit in the basement. He added bass to his repertoire when one of the bands he was in at Eastern requested it, saying it was a smooth transition.

After working to polish their sound, the band put together "In the Now," a four-track album released independently.

To support their record, The New Fuse has played several shows in the area. They have played the Canopy Club in Champaign, as well as Flatlanders in Chicago.

"I'm influenced by a lot of jam bands and improvisations, as you can hear in our shows," Davies said.

College crowds are a great way to expand the band's audience, he added.

"It's always a strategy to get the school market, and the easiest way is to be on campuses," Davies said.

Davies would like to play at the House of Blues in Chicago. He counts the most important thing about a venue as the crowd.

"For us, we don't want to play places that the crowd isn't coming in for the band," Davies said.

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- Daily Eastern News - The Verge

"The New Fuse Preview"

The music of The New Fuse is as thoughtful and well-constructed as the name implies, and is backed up with an intent rarely executed in our hurried world. The band melds the musical skills and experiences of Chicago's very own Shane Davies, Brent Kimbrough and Chris Morrow — three men with extensive and wildly divergent musical resumes fusing together to achieve oneness. A seamless medley of jazz, funk, blues and rock, The New Fuse delivers a steady, chill sound laced with a sense of urgency. Not pompous or showy, it impresses a casual mood that respects its listeners: both the music snobs and the curious alike. This ensemble has curried much favor with Chicagoans who simply appreciate the power of good, live music since 2004. And soon The New Fuse will give fans something good they can take home with them, in the form of their debut album In the Now. (Appearing with Super American Happy Fun Good Time Jam Band at Double Door on Jan. 11) --text: Jen Fischer

- Chicago Innerview Magazine


From The Outside - released in May of 2011.

In The Now LP - released in January of 2008 at or through Snocap and I-Tunes.

Dark Alley (Open Road) EP - released July of 2006 under WC Records of Chicago.



"A seamless medley of jazz, funk, blues and rock, The New Fuse delivers a steady, chill sound laced with a sense of urgency. Not pompous or showy, it impresses a casual mood that respects its listeners." - Chicago Innerview Magazine


Brent Kimbrough - Guitar

Shane Davies - Bass

Rodney Brown - Saxaphone


Born out of Chicago's vibrant music scene The New Fuse has emerged as a distinct original sound that transcends classification. Genres like funk, blues, rock, jazz do come to mind but more often do the descriptors energy, passion, intensity. It is a sound marinated with decades of experience playing, studying, and living music of all varieties. From classical to rock, Latin to blues and funk the members of "The Fuse", founder/bassist, Shane Davies, guitar/vocalist, Brent Kimbrough, saxophone/vocalist, Rodney Brown and drummer/percussionist Ben Scholz have an unparalleled palate of influences free of boundaries. Rock tempered by jazz, blues and funk flavored by Latin rhythms - all of these are the elements that make The New Fuse a force of original progressive music. It's the welcoming openness of The New Fuse's music that has captured audiences diverse in age, gender, race, class. No band can be all things to all people, but with The New Fuse there's bound to be something in there for you, and if not, that could change at any moment.

Founded on a commitment to evolution, The New Fuse has developed into a creative juggernaut hell bent on improving, expanding their original repertoire. Each group member has a prolific propensity toward unforced composition and a desire to capture the songs, melodies born out of life. From the finest music school in the nation to the streets of Chicago the source of knowledge and inspiration for their original music runs deep. No topics are avoided in the poetry of their lyrics; from politics to love to poverty, corporate greed and spirituality The New Fuse believes strongly in harmonic and melodic depth in everything they do. This is not to say that their music is always complex or cerebral because in every song this band performs there’s a danceable groove either overtly pulsing or delicately weaving into the listener. To date, The New Fuse has not failed bringing an inspired performance to every situation and evoking the muses in both dancers, listeners and musicians alike.

Venue Experience:

Canopy Club
Park West
Clearwater Theater
Double Door
Kinetic Playground
Gunther Murphy's
Reggie's Music Joint
Tonic Room
Flatlander's Brewery
Bent River Brewery
Iron Post
Cubbie Bear (Wrigleyville)
Gojangle Music Lounge
Heartland Cafe
The Note
Underground Lounge
Capital City Theater
Wheaton Grand Theater
Mullen's on Clark
Mr. Roberts
Redline Tap
Silvie's Lounge
Wise Fools Pub
Minocqua Brewing Company

Jammin' On The Wolf 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Johnsonville's World's Largest Brat Festival 2008, 2009, 2010
North Center Wine Festival 2007
Bug Off Music Festival 2005, 2006, 2007
Lincoln Square Ribfest 2006
Summer Solstice Festival 2005, 2006
Wicker Park Fest 2005