album follows years of casual jamming
Chances are, although they’re only now releasing their first CD, you’ve already heard of most of the members of Eggplant Heroes. You’ve probably seen Joel Pace dancing around onstage with Irie Sol, or Duffy Duyfhuizen strumming with Davey J and the Jones Tones, or maybe you’ve seen Olaf Lind playing his violin with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra or Lucas K and the Coolhand Saints. You may have even read one of poet/songwriter Max Garland’s prize-winning books of poetry. But what this quartet produces when they’re together is nowhere near what you’ve heard before.
“Stylistically,” says Lind, “it’s a very different sort of band than most things that are happening around here. Having another outlet where I can do things that are a little bit more lyrical or that have a little bit more of shades of dynamic meaning is a great thing.”
“We actually were playing,” says Pace, “before Duffy was in the Jones Tones and before I was in Irie Sol, so we pre-exist these people. And it actually works out because between Irie Sol and these guys there’s not a genre of music I don’t play.”
Eggplant Heroes cover a wide variety of those genres themselves, singing everything from old-time gospel tunes to literature-inspired reggae. “All of us come from such different musical backgrounds,” says Pace, “that we try to let all of those streams run into one big river and feed off those different styles.”