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Quadrophonic Desperation


Meet the Band: Jeff James (vocals, rhythm guitar), David Ber (bass), George Lawicki (drums, percussion), and Robert Szucs (lead guitar).

Recipe for Success: As executive chef at Reddstone, Jeff James understands that the best way to please is by creating a dish that appeals on many levels. Same goes here.

Exploring the Future: After one album (last year's The Story) and a track on a NORML compilation, Quadrophonic Desperation have a follow-up CD and DVD due this summer. "The new album will take the listeners on a musical journey," promises James.

Ahead of the Curve: Originally a response to a rude chef, the song "Power & Greed" has gained resonance as a companion to the Occupy Cleveland movement. "I'm sure a lot of people have their backs against the wall," says James.

Occupying a Stage Near You: Over the years, James has learned what stirs up a crowd. The band's cover of Neil Young's "Ohio" starts in a jazz mode and ends in a flurry of guitar feedback. "We play that at the rallies and protest marches with people chanting," he says. "It's awesome. People still want a revolution."

Why You Should Hear Them: Grabbing influences from prog to punk, the band sounds like a jam session featuring Porcupine Tree, Nirvana, and Pink Floyd.

Where You Can Hear Them:

Where You Can See Them: At Reddstone on January 28.

John Patrick Gatta

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