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Now based in Chicago, The Main Squeeze seamlessly blends funk, soul, and rock n’ roll into an infectious feel-good musical gumbo. New Jersey natives Out of the Beardspace (OOTB) fuse jazz, pop, funk, rock and more into complex compositions that thrive on improvisation. Opening for OOTB and The Main Squeeze is Suburban Sensi, a local reggae rock act.
This show is a special one for Out of the Beardspace as they also celebrate the release of their new live double album, Intent to Express Parts I and II. Rock on Philly caught up with OOTB’s keyboardist and vocalist Sam Gutman to learn more about Wednesday’s show and this exciting release.
Rock On Philly: Has OOTB played with The Main Squeeze before?
Sam Gutman: We first played with the Main Squeeze at Camp Jam in the Pines. We opened for them when they came to Milkboy in Philly, which sold out. We also were on the Catskill Chill Festival together this past September.
ROP: Why did you all decide to release a live album?
SG: While we have always been big fans of studio magic (overdubs, layering of vocals, sound effects, etc.), as a band one of our strengths is the energy of our live performance. This can be hard to capture in a studio setting, and so every time there is an opportunity to do a proper video and audio recording of a show we have always taken it. Over the years we’ve accumulated a big vault of footage and soundboard multi-tracks from our shows, and we’ve steadily released multi-angle videos with high quality audio every few months for years. However, we always had more unreleased material than we could put time into releasing, AND far more songs than we could put time into recording in the studio. After a while it became apparent that we were sitting on not only one, not only two, but around three albums worth of well-recorded live music spanning multiple years and eras of the band.
We are also releasing this double live album to tide our fans over while we continue working on our next full-length studio album, to be released in the spring!
ROP: Where are the live recordings from?
SG: The live recordings on Intent to Express Parts I and II feature mostly performances from Beardfest 2014 and 2015, and Camp Jam in the Pines 2014 and 2015. Some of our best performances have been at these festivals because it is our hometown crowd.
Intent to Express Parts I and II are now available for purchase and streaming through Bandcamp, Spotify, and Itunes. Tickets for Wednesday’s show are still available here for only $16! This show is 21+ only.