Former Champions - Pastiche
The Former Champions have been recording live shows like crazy of late. A combination of some of their recent sets (2013) has been released as an album, Pastiche. The album was recorded by Joseph Collet and mixed by Champs drummer Geoff Bakel. I’m not gonna lie, this could use a little mastering as it’s kinda quiet.
Showcasing the Former Champs’ current sound, as it is always in flux, Pastiche begins with a nine-minute “Zero.” Cover songs include “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” by the Allman Brothers (affectionately dubbed “Liz Reed” by the Champs and most jam-friendly folks), and they do up a helluva version. Check out the drum solo near the end of the track. The band even tries out a Cuban remix of “Waves.” It sounds like it could be a later era Trey song. “Worldwide Traveler” is a spacey disco euphoria that sounds like late-70s Grateful Dead. “. . .To that bar where we smoked some hashish…” is how the song begins, and then ten minutes of intense jams.
photos by R.E. Cole, courtesy of Pretty in the Panhandle
Here is the set from 1-5-13:
The boys are about to head on tour: “Aura: There and Back” (They are heading to the Aura Music and Arts Festival in FL.)
2.12 // Pourhouse » Charleston, SC w/Stokeswood & Supaboo
2.13 // Wormhole » Savannah, GA w/Stokeswood & Domino Effect
2.14 // The Jam » Gainsville, FL w/Arpetrio
2.15 // Dunedin Brewery » Dunedin, FL
2.16 // Dunedin Brewery » Dunedin, FL
2.17 // Aura Festival » Suwannee, FL
2.18 // 5 Points Pub » Columbia, SC w/Kung Fu
2.19 // Nowhere Bar » Athens, GA
2.20 // Hummingbird » Macon, GA
2.21 // JJ Bohemia’s » Chattanooga, TN w/AFRO
2.22 // Main St. Live » Murfeesboro, TN w/AFRO
2.23 // Galaxy Lounge » Johnson City, TN w/Arpetrio
2.24 // The Blind Tiger » Greensboro, NC w/The Heavy Pets
2.27 // Raptures » Charlottesville, Va
2.28 // Hoss’s Deli » Newport News, Va
3.01 // Jammin Java » Vienna, Va w/The Big Something
3.02 // Brewbakers » Winchester, Va
The Champs will be back @ The National 3/16 supporting Lotus! Tonight (2/1) The Champs are in Blacksburg.
EDIT: Come out this Tuesday (2/5) for Former Champions @ Cary Street Cafe!