There’s a lot of history in the north eastern side of our country, both from a Founding Father sense, as well as culturally-speaking. New England is home to a rich music establishment including the Gathering of the Vibes. The Vibes is a summer music festival now in its 20th year. Past performers include all founding members of the Grateful Dead, John Fogerty, Allman Brothers Band, James Brown, Jane’s Addiction, The Black Crowes, George Clinton, Branford Marsalis, and more. The Vibes is also a launching pad for extraordinarily talented, up-and-coming bands who have the opportunity to showcase their talent to the 25,000 people who attend each year.
A collection of past performers from the up-and-coming groups from the Vibes have joined together to form The Remnants a collection of rock, jazz, and jam-band veterans from Plymouth, CT. Out of our Sound Bites series where we first tasted their instrumental and songwriting excellence, there’s more to enjoy than just one single (Facing Home).
Their debut self-titled album contains songs with a blend of mythical story-telling and songs about the difficulties in goodbye (Farewell My Friend). Instrumentally the band has a sound like a stew brewed combining the Dave Matthews Band with Primus, illustrated in songs like Long Slow Roast.
Standouts on the debut include Katie, a slower building song about the love of a girl who radiates beauty. The Leatherman dives into the urban legend with skilled instrumentals that bring out the strengths of the festival veterans. Their website has insights into the band as well as connections to their social media and music outlets. Take a minute and listen to some of their songs below.