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The Various Others

The Various Others.

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The Various Others.

A miscellaneous bunch: John Whited, bass and keyboards; Bob Cintia, guitar and vocals; Jason Morris, drums; Nick Webber, drums; Luke Schwartz, guitar; Chad Franklin, guitar; Stephen Sherrill, guitar and vocals; Ashley Spencer, vocals; and Jerry Nolan, guitar.

Eclectic company: The Various Others is a collective that doesn't confine its lineup to a set number or its music to a specific style. An open invitation is at the heart of everything they do. Soul, funk, rock and blues make up the majority of their songs.

Adaptable: Members pride themselves on being unique and able to play to a hippie crowd as well as fans of other genres. "We don't want to be this open-ended experimental jam band," Morris said. "We offer freedom within structure."

Mighty misnomer: "A DJ once called us Assorted Flavors," Whited recalls. "That isn't an inaccurate description at all."

Where you might have seen them: New World Brewery, Uptown Bar and Dunedin Brewery.

Female lead: Ashley Spencer first encountered the band on MySpace and was invited to help sing lead (along with Cintia) at one of their shows. She says she writes songs that are personal tales of coming of age and heartbreak, songs that aren't love-song clichés. "I like to write about all facets of human emotion," she says.

"Hot Dogs and Milk": Probably their best tune, it's a spacey-loungey funk jam that sounds like what the French duo Air would have recorded if they went back in time and scored a blaxpoitation flick.

In his dreams: Sherrill says he came up with the band's spacey funk jam known as the V.O. Anthem in his sleep.

Flames and frolic: Webber just finished the fire academy. Franklin is a manager at Chuck E. Cheese.

Doing and teaching: Whited and Schwartz teach music.

Exotic nosh: They typically order Hawaiian pizza at band practice. But Sherrill once grilled a 4-foot corn snake he literally stumbled across. Only he and Franklin dared eat it. "It tastes nothing like chicken," Sherrill says. "It's fibrous and a little fishy. My vegetarian girlfriend didn't mind. She said it was recycling at its finest."

Hear 'em: 9 p.m. Friday at Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

The Various Others 04/10/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2008 3:25pm]
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