.Dead Rose Pilgrims

lylb deadrosepilgrimsAccording to the band’s drummer Joe Miller, Dead Rose Pilgrims is what happens when musical worlds collide.

“I’ve played a lot of jazz music, bebop, and did some college jazz stuff. I also had some experimental jazz groups I played with, and played some hip-hop,” he says. “[Singer/guitarist] Sam [Nieburgs]’s done more folk, singer-songwriter and rock ’n’ roll stuff, so we come from diverse creative backgrounds.”

The band’s collective creative streak is painted with a very colorful brush on their “Rogue River Fire” demo track, which can be heard on their Soundcloud page. With a faded intro that features Miller’s lively drumming, Nieburgs’s groovy guitar and bassist Dan Alexander’s molasses-thick bass, the first minute alone is a tasty mix of jazz, blues and good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll. When the song really kicks in musically and Nieburgs takes over with an unhinged, primal vocal, it evolves into a left-of-center take on Americana and country.

Within a span of five and a half minutes, this trio, which formed late last year, gives you a glimpse of how broad of a palette they are playing with. And this is just one song. When the band plays live, the rules pretty much go out the window.

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“For saying it’s just three guys, it’s a fairly complex sound,” Miller says of their music. “I’m all over the place with my grooves; Sam’s got some real gritty stuff coming out of his Telecaster, and then Dan adds a lot of stability to the mix. It’s like we’re pulling from three different directions, but it fits together pretty well.”

INFO: 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.


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