In Our Dreams and Men from Tolex
Ethereal rock ‘n’ roll and surf music
April 3, 2015 · 8:00pm
In Our Dreams
Most people listen to music to stir the imagination and the soul. It is an outlet for the emotions—a journey of the feelings, both highs, and lows—and mostly, an avenue for fun! Beginning in the summer of 2010, guitarist Kork Moyer and bassist Jim Bartolomei had a Dream. What if you’d merge the songs and styles of all your favorite tunes from yesterday and today, that no other band will play, with the garish fun of a cheap carnival from your childhood? What if you built a repertoire from the obscure songs you loved, but you never hear live. What if you crossed that with progressive, funk and soul styling’s of newly written songs? And, what if you’d invite the audience into that performance and could capture those thrills in a recorded work? That is the backdrop of the forthcoming album, “Kewpie Doll Dances” by In Our Dreams.
Working with WesMix Studio’s Producer, Kevin Wesley Williams, and finding support from some of the industries’ “hit-makers,” In Our Dreams began working to piece together the earthy and ethereal elements, of this funk, rock and soul album. It also includes some surprises, securely rooted within the funk, soul, 60’s, and 70’s genres—songs you wish would have surfaced far before this.
“In Our Dreams” has a very diverse musical background of players. Their lineup has opened for national and international artists such as: The Edgar Winter Group, The Smithereens, Level 42, A Flock of Seagulls, Pretty Poison, The Slickee Boys, Bricklin, Tom Gillam, The Vels, and Tommy James. They’ve also worked as Indie Artists, playing some of the largest and loved Rock and Soul Rooms of the northeast, the band is comprised of amazingly versatile, and industry respected, musical veteran heavyweights. Buckle up!
Realizing the “Dream,” Jim and Kork founded a special fusion of Funk, Soul, and Rock music that became their passion. But don’t close your eyes!! You might miss the ride, and mystery of where all this sound comes from, while watching a band comprised of guitar, bass and percussion. You’ll swear your listening to a much bigger band.
With backgrounds such as, Jim Bartolomei‘s years of immersing himself in the funk music of the 60’s and 70’s, such as Tower of Power and Weather Report, to Kork Moyer’s years of arena metal, progressive rock, fusion, funk, and soul music, to Steve Bennett’s rock, power-pop, and progressive drumming, and Edge’s multi-instrumental, percussion, and brass expertise, the band has an diverse background and ability to cover every musical styling. “These guys can quite literally play anything. They are free to enjoy every musical moment they share—every note is fun!!”
With such a rich musical history, diversity and ridiculous sense of humor, they invite their audiences into their, fun in freakishly surprising ways. (I will not spoil it for you… you really need to be part of it.)
The “Dream” is to meld the energy and heaviness of hard rock, with the crisp dance groove of intense funk music; mixing the soft sensitivity of smooth jazz with the soaring heights of progressive music; blending the heartfelt mood of soul, with the freedom of a jam-band. All of this set to the vibe and off-center humor of a vintage carnival ride!
The result is “In Our Dreams,” where imagination, feelings, fun, and yes, GREAT MUSICIANSHIP all converge for a moving, musical evening. Look for the release of “Kewpie Doll Dances” in 2015.
Men From Tolex
A talented four-piece all instrumental band based in Lancaster PA with a unique repertoire of 1st wave surf classics and early rock from the 1950’s and 60’s. Their sets deliver true surf instros that echo the pounding waves of the Banzai Pipeline.
All four members of the band share a love of the reverb saturated guitars and driving drum beats of bands like The Ventures, The Chantay’s, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy and Link Wray to name just a few. Although Men from Tolex is a relatively new band on the scene, the members have decades of experience as performing musicians as well as stage and sound technicians.
The band is composed of Dirk Kahuna (lead guitar), Durk Shagnasty (rhythm guitar), Derk Zeurklander (drums) and the Reverend Larry Kramer (bass). A key element is the band’s ability to capture the unique and “feel” of the early 60s surf instrumentals and rock music. The use of Stratocaster, Jaguar, the unique “Dencaster” guitars pushed through Fender amps with a thick coat of reverb are key to capturing the original essence of spaghetti westerns, pristine surf and garage/spy music.
In their short tenure as a band, Men from Tolex has amassed a loyal following of classic instro surf fans. Work is underway to produce their first recordings of both surf covers and original tracks. Their unique sound is in demand and the calendar is filling up with local and regional shows so join the wave and let Men from Tolex bring that intoxicating, thunderous, 60’s surf and rock experience to you.