The Jauntee
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The Jauntee

Brookline, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Brookline, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Rock Funk




"The Jauntee: Heir to the Throne?"

In this the thirtieth year of Phish I declare their successor to be The Jauntee. Going through the details it will appear they share traits with many bands who’ve used Phish as a template in much the same way as a plethora of legends used Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry in the 60s and 70s. So what is different about this group of young men from Boston? What do they have that others lack? Is it the infamous X-factor so many of us critics are always going on and on about? Has Caton Sollenberger found the secret fifteen-foot-pedal signal-path that leads to the land of milk and honey? Did Trey Anastasio leave his hose in a cab somewhere and Sollenberger was lucky enough to be the next passenger? Did Scott Ferber Hamlet Tony William’s grave to find not just a skull but William’s soul in a box? Can “Hamlet” really be used as a verb?Of the latter I know not, but of the former questions—and the BIG question—I put forth a reluctant “I don’t know.” I don’t know why the Jauntee have affected me in a way that many similar acts have not. I don’t know why the two shows I’ve seen (just a few short miles from the Mothership) had me so spellbound the minutes seemed like milliseconds. I don’t know why their way of building tension until you can’t take anymore no not yet wait just another minute I can hear it coming it’s—release!—already seems legendary. I don’t know why the way Tony Cerullo (keys) and John Loland (bass) davenport their long jams with warmth and grace is different from other notable rhythm sections. I don’t know why I keep using nouns as verbs. But I do know this: You will not be disappointed when you check these guys out. They did not want to stop playing at their Hampton Taphouse gig. All three sets were filled with twists and turns that had the unmistakable quality of being simultaneously planned and unplanned. If you look through their setlists you will notice a conscious decision to not play Phish, but during the soundcheck Sollenberger teased “It’s Ice”—perfectly imitating Anastasio’s tone circa 1992. And during the second set they went in and out of “David Bowie” and “Weekapaug Groove” all the while going in and out and around their own “Black Bart,” “Get Young,” and “I Am the Slime.” But unlike others, the Jauntee have frozen the Phish musical template in 1993. Yes, my favorite year of Phish is 1997 too, but using the musicality of Phish the arena band as a source of influence just doesn’t come off right in a small bar on a Tuesday night. Maybe that’s why the Jauntee are different. Maybe that’s the answer to the BIG question: The Jauntee are destined to tour arenas because they have made the conscious decision to be influenced by Phish the bar band. But it’s not fair to overplay the Phish influence, just as it’s not accurate to always compare Phish to the Grateful Dead. The Jauntee draw heavily from Return to Forever and a danceable Mahavishnu Orchestra. Frank Zappa, as you might guess, is also present. The Jauntee’s 2012 release Enjoy the Ride displays their tight proggy chops and captures some of their live energy. In concert their mathematical compositions lead to volcanic jams as Sollenberger transforms from a pedal-wizard into the Incredible Guitar Hulk. But they do not suffer from the jamband habit of having amazing live shows and terrible albums. Over the past decade I’ve written many times in these ones and zeroes about the critical tropes the close-minded press uses to describe groups that like to stretch things out. But it occurs to me now that trope—like so many others—is fallacious. Why shouldn’t every band have better live concerts than albums? Now that technology has enabled us to control loud music, shouldn’t that tired line “they’re way better in concert” be a given true of all performers? As the recent Grantland piece about Phish noted, the music business will never be the same again. Live performance is the music industry now, and the Jauntee will soon become the new CEO. Make an appointment before we have to battle with Scalper Barry just to get a seat. - David Paul Kleinman

"Yellow Dubmarine Review: 12.3.11 Mid East Up"

I arrived to The Middle East Upstairs a few songs into The Jauntee’s set. Playing to a warm room of their young fans, The Jauntee displayed that they can play a lot of notes, enough to swivel anyone that is digging down the rabbit hole. Their genre is identifiable as a jam band, but for a jam band, their songs are rhythmically diverse. The laid back quartet brought the mood up and down with melodic and chaotic melodies over steady and hypnotic rhythms. Their loyal, young fans literally orgasmed for certain tunes chanting, “Roses, Roses!” at the end of their set. The Jauntee finished their set up with a tune that was recently recorded for Relics Magazine, and then I made my way to chill in the Middle East’s restaurant. - UNRegular Radio

"THC's Featured Artist"

“Fiery original jams, a solid repertoire of covers, good people, and a unique atmosphere combine to make this (Jauntee’s Regal Ball) bi-weekly jam-band show a must see for any fun-seeking Bostonian.”
- The Happy Collective



Averaging over one hundred shows a year  -- The Jauntee has quickly made a name for themselves in the New England music scene.  Hailing from Boston, they've solidified a dedicated following in the Northeast, playing most staple venues in the area (ie. Paradise Rock Club, Nectar's, State Theatre, The Sinclair). Several New England festival appearances (ie. Catskill Chill, Peach Fest, Disc Jam) and extensive touring down the East Coast and across the Midwest have given them Nationwide recognition, with sold out shows as far west as Denver, CO (Bluebird Theatre).  A focus on live improvisation, set list variety, and musical exploration makes every show different from the last, truly making The Jauntee a live act to see again and again.

Drawing influence from a wide variety of bands, The Jauntee's improvisational landscape spans multiple genres, including: Funk/Rock/Jazz/Progressive/Bluegrass/Psychedelic and Ambient music. Their willingness to explore genres, abandon all song structure, and dive into 'the weird' sets them apart from your average upcoming Jam Band.  They aim to push the boundaries of improvisation, embrace the moment and engage the audience. With an ever-expanding song catalog and an inclination for open ended improvisation, every show promises to be a unique experience.

The Jauntee is:

Scott Ferber - Drums

Caton Sollenberger - Guitar

Tyler Adams - Keyboards

John Loland - Bass

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