Artist of the day: Swamp Logic
Tampa's bluesy, throwbacky Swamp Logic is made up of Blake Yeager, guitars, percussion and vocals; Joe Montanaro, bass, percussion, vocals; Joe Cosas, piano, keys, trombone, trumpet and vocals; Matt Salvador, drums and percussion; and Jeremy Powell, saxophone.
Yeager answered a few questions for us.
What brought them together? "Matt approached me – as we both shared a love for the
music and general vibe or New Orleans – to form a New Orleans kind of tribute band. I said hell yes! We started getting together some locals with serious chops and a likeminded appreciation. Got some beads, a couple chickens’ feet, some wingtip shoes and the rest is history."
Influences: "We have way too many influences to list but a few that pop up often in
our shows would be Louie Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Neville Bothers, The Meters, Jon Cleary, Papa Grows Funk, Morning 40 Federation – see I told you there's too many. That's the thing with New Orleans; there are SO many good bands."
Why Swamp Logic? "Matt came up with our name. In New Orleans and in Tampa we share this lowland homeland kinda swampy atmosphere, and our style is a swanky, filthy, funky kinda sound – hence the swamp. While our music is more good-feel less technical and is kinda toothless in its own respect, we all are fairly well seasoned musicians, many of us with a heavy scholarly training, so we'd like to think we put some logic into to the whole mess."
What’s up with the band now? "Right now I’m cooking up a big fat pot o’ jambalaya for the show and we’re working on getting out there, bringing people in. Between the five of us, we’re in about 12 bands, so it’s a fairly special occasion when we all make it to a show. We’re about to go into the studio to make an EP in the next month or two, and other than that, just beefing up as usual – hemorrhoids, steroids and Altoids."
Hear them: with Rocksteady@8, 9 p.m. Saturday at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City; $5. Or on Sept. 27, 8 p.m. at The Hub, downtown Tampa; free.
-- Julie Garisto, tbt*