Artist of the day: November Foxtrot Whiskey
Astute readers of this blog and tbt* may recognize the name the name Aaron Lepley from his profiles of artists in the Tampa Bay music scene. If not, you might know him as an artist in his own right.
Lepley (guitar and vocals) and his partner in crime Damon Dougherty (drums and vocals) form the core of November Foxtrot Whiskey, one of tbt*’s Ultimate Local Artists in 2008. The duo — along with Chris Trojnar (vibraphone, percussion), Steve Glichowski (bass, vocals) and J.D. Mattioli (keys, vocals) — deliver a heady mix of garage rock, blues, jazz and even a bit of klezmer. Think Tom Waits with a classical background — three fifths of the group have music degrees, including two in composition.
Doughtery and Lepley met in high school in Fort Myers in the early ’90s, and have played in bands together for more than 15 years. November Foxtrot Whiskey surfaces now and again on the local scene, but lately, they’ve been putting most of their energy into recording new material. Lepley said they’ve already recorded 37 songs, which they plan to release over the course of three albums, starting this summer. “We’ve taken a lot of time and placed a lot of thought into these songs not only from a compositional standpoint, but also in the orchestration and mixing,” Lepley said, adding that he and Dougherty want “each piece to be a little movie for your ears.”
On Saturday (4/7), November Foxtrot Whiskey will open for Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Crowbar. “This will be the beginning of our return to the public eye,” Lepley said. Tickets are $10. Click here for details.