Variety Pack

Variety Pack

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Variety Pack is a sea of vital paradox. Within a single tune they may careen amongst Latin flavors, rocknroll textures, intricate polyrhythms, ambient wash and goodtime boogie, all underlined with an absurdist sensibility and straight-faced humor.

Biography

Variety Pack is: Charles Wicklander (keyboard/vocals), Evan Strauss (bass/vocals), Patrick Lenon (drums), Luke Knezevich (percussion), and Woody Frank (guitar/vocals). This group brings together widely diverse influences ranging from ritual healing music to Band of Gypsys, from Ween to African and Indian traditional musics. The fusion of these five unique musical personalities (on top of a solid grounding in funk, rock, jazz, and improv) results in songs that catch your ear and light up your brain.

Wicklander, Lenon, and Strauss, along with then-guitarist, Zach Meyer, founded Variety Pack as high-schoolers in the fall of 2005. Soon Meyer left and Woody Frank stepped in to meld his unique guitar and song writing abilities with the rest of the group. Within a year and a half, Variety Pack had recorded and self-released five CDs and were playing regular shows at Mr. Spot’s Chai House in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA.

Variety Pack’s sound is augmented by Luke Knezevich’s congas and timbales, giving their already eclectic mix another textured layer. The band’s latest self-release, “The Cadillac Walker EP” was recorded in summer 2007 and the title track has received airplay on WVTC (Vermont Technical College Radio).

Variety Pack is a sea of vital paradox. Within a single tune they may careen amongst Latin flavors, rocknroll textures, intricate polyrhythms, ambient wash and goodtime boogie, all underlined with an absurdist sensibility and straight-faced humor.

Discography

From the Bowels of Grandpa's Cave - 2005*
Tunalbum - 2005
CD3 - 2006
5 Pack Variety Tracks - 2006
Live at Mr. Spot's - April 7th, 2006
The Cadillac Walker EP - 2007**
Destroys Everything - 2007

*airplay on KPOET (Whittier College Radio)
**title track airplay on WVTC (Vermont Technical College Radio)

Set List

We generally play two sets consisting of 10-15 songs per set. These two sets could easily last 2-1/2 hours. They might look like this:

Set 1:
-RoboTrout
-Soggy Tennis Shoes
-A Pygmie's Blue
-The Wizard Song
-When You Wake Up, If You're Very Lucky, You'll be in Utah
-Max the Hydroxide
-The Sad Tale of Cletus
-Thirteen Sheep Standing on a Thumbtack, with Guns
-The Camel Song
-Babylonian Freakwad
-Voodoo Lady*

Interlude: The Ox Song (Charles Wicklander solo)

Set 2:
-Moray Eel
-The Man
-Orthopedic Soul
-Cadillac Walker
-She Wanted to Leave*/I Was Born to be a Cage Fighter
-When We Were Here A Million Years Ago
-Four Packs
-Nutria's Song
-Eggplant
-Lightly Salted
-Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part Two*
-The Funk Song

Encore:
-Wombstar*
-Grandpa's Cave Mystery

*denotes cover tunes