Ulysses

Ulysses

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The best way I could describe it? "Kings of Leon on LSD with a hint of the Mars Volta and the Black Keys." If you like John Mayer Trio, The Cream, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tenacious D you could definitely rock to this.

Biography

"Music to me is purity and feeling. It is evocative and it can be as shallow as a stream or as deep as an ocean, whether it be because of its complexities or lack of. Music is one of the rawest forms of emotion anyone can produce."

-Thom Morey

As for myself, I feel that music is a connection between the mind and spirit, carried out through the body in an assortment of ways. A musician could be anyone who has the ability to make noise. A good musician has the ability to turn that noise into something beautiful. It is not often that one finds a group of these so-called "good musicians," but over the years, there have been a few (and by a few, I seriously mean few, a very small amount). Of course, these groups often refer to themselves as bands, or a band, or sometimes, if they are truly full of themselves, "The Band". In fact, I am quite positive that it is in every single good musician's set of goals to be able to refer to themselves as being in the band, or to have other people refer to their band as the band. This review is not being written for every single good musician. This review is being written for the best of the good musicians, for a band: The band.

Indescribable: An infusion of blues, rock, jazz, pop, funk, reggae, Ulysses is the band.

I believe I attended one of their very first practices, before they had any original material, before they were Ulysses, before they had even started thinking of band names (a long, tiring, and overly ridiculous process). I don't mean to sound cliché, but I knew from the beginning that these guys were talented. They could really "bust it out." I had been to band practices before attending this one, with other people, and expected to see something similar at this one. What I saw were four guys who wanted to sound good. No, four friends who wanted to sound better than anyone else. Jokingly, I "called" band manager, as if it were a race for shot-gun in a car. I had no idea that one day, I would actually become band manager…

That's a lie. I don't do jack.

But what makes Ulysses different from other bands is the camaraderie, the friendship, the closeness of the guys. The guys are not afraid to try new things, or voice their opinion when new things are tried. It causes frustration, sure, but it also augment's a totally different sound. When Ulysses starts jamming, something special happens, it goes like this: A room, filled with noisy people is standing waiting for the next band to step onto the stage. Ulysses files out from the back, they do the normal band things (tuning, set-up, etc.), the crowd continues to talk, no one pays attention. Then it hits. That first note. It is like the first drop of rain after a long drought. No one makes a sound, it is as if they know what they are witnessing may never be replicated. Then, all at once a loud cheer comes from the crowd whose attention has been caught, and will never be lost throughout the set.

"…I really love the way music feels, a good song can take you for a ride and make you feel something. That's my main goal for the band, to make music that moves people"

-Zach Michel

The thing about Ulysses is that they understand music. They can see it from all perspectives. I think that goes back to them being so close, most bands do not understand music. They have difficulties knowing where it came from, knowing the roots. It is not unusual for this band to sit down, and just listen to an album by a great musician, and then analyze it together. That is what separates this band from the others.

When it comes down to it, Ulysses is not the band because they play their instrument, or sing well singularly. They most certainly do have incredible talents, but what makes Ulysses the band is the ability to change things together, as one unit. One band. The band.

-Michael Thomas Brush "Band Manager"

Discography

Ulysses - (Ulysses) EP released in January 2007
1) Movin' On
2) Cap & Key
3) Ride
4) Tomorrow
5) Freak Out! (Shout and Twist About)

Currently our EP is recieving airplay on the College radio (AM, FM, and streaming) circuit as well as local Maryland stations.

Set List

1) Rock Slow (jam) into Movin' On, and jam back out
2) The Artist
*instrument change*
3) Cap & Key
4) Ride
5) Tomorrow
6) Freak Out!
7) *cover* we always try to keep it fresh (inflect our own touch on the song, while keeping the )
Covers we've been known to do include bands including Sublime, the Yardbirds, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin

A typical set often lasts 45 minutes, but can be shorter (or longer) according to the slot.

More possibilities! (original unless noted):
8) Underground
9) Styx - Come Sail Away
10) The Faces - Ooh La La
11) The Who - My Generation/Summertime Blues
12) The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
13) Night Falls
14) Eric Clapton - Malted Milk
15) Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird