Thursday, October 21, 2010

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New Times SLO Article

Hurry to SLO Brew
By Glen Starkey

Known for their breezy California jammin’ sound and relentless national touring schedule, local act Still Time can now add “do-gooders” to their list of achievements. The band’s been working with Meals for Moms, a SLO-based community collaborative, which partners with local organizations and businesses to provide dinners for low-income, single-mother families. They’re also hot off a national tour, recently played the West Beach Festival, and have been hiding out in a guesthouse in the Santa Cruz Mountains writing songs for their third album. They also recently added saxophonist Ryan Mosse to their line-up, which, if I count correctly, is now seven strong. See them with Mosse on Friday, Oct. 22 (7:30 p.m.; 21-and-older; $12 presale or $15 at the door). Central Currency will open the show.

Mustang Daily Article

Still Time to perform at SLO Brewing Co. Friday

Funk-rock band Still Time, which formed in San Luis Obispo, will perfrom at SLO Brewing Co. Friday after a four-month national tour. Photo courtesy of Bryan Fong

After a four-month national tour, Still Time is back in town.

The groovy funk-rock band that formed in San Luis Obispo in 2004, will play at the newly-renovated SLO Brewing Co. on Friday night to a full house of their biggest fans.

Eight people cooped up in an RV headed cross-country, the band spread its sound in states such as New York, Texas and Louisiana. Lead singer Dan Curcio said one of his favorite spots is New Orleans.

“They showed us a really good time,” Curcio said. “We had this guy — Antonio — a trumpet player from Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and the Roadmasters and he was this incredible trumpet player and he came up every night and played with us. It’s just a really cool and open music culture.”

Another highlight was playing at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, featuring acts such as She & Him and Rogue Wave.

“We did some good networking and they liked the music,” Curcio said.

Although the band got off the road in the beginning of the summer, the clock hasn’t slowed. Between juggling finances, starting a non-profit organization and working on a new album to tentatively be released next year, Still Time isn’t stopping the momentum.

“We’re getting back on our feet for a strong push coming up,” Curcio said.

Most recently, the band spent time in the mountains of Santa Cruz and started working on a few songs. However, the band members are giving themselves time to develop their sound and create a more cohesive album — something Curcio said they have been hesitant about doing until now.

“We feel we need to hook people who know nothing about us yet,” Curcio said. “I think in the past we’ve maybe been afraid of looking at it like that, but we are just kind of keeping that in mind and knowing that we have to get this thing moving forward.”

The band has also explored expanding its circle with saxophonist Ryan Mosse who has been featured in songs and helped with the sound mechanics. Curcio, who’d seen Mosse playing gigs around town, roomed with him when he moved to Shell Beach.

“I’d seen him around, playing jazz gigs, so it was random that he became my roommate,” Curcio said. “We started having him jam here and there, and it’s worked out recently that he was able to join the crew.”

Mosse said he’s enjoyed the environment the band creates on stage.

“It’s a lot of fun because the high energy is connected between all the guys on stage,” he said. “It makes a really fun environment to jam and play.”

The momentum doesn’t stop at Mosse. Guitarist Nick Bilich has been working on community-based collaborative Meals for Moms to provide meals for single mothers and their children once a month.

Bilich said he was inspired to start the organization after a volunteer trip to Rwanda in 2007. One of the activities his group helped with was an AIDS support group. The volunteers provided lunch for the attendees and listened to their stories.

About 90 percent of the attendees were single mothers with four to five children, Bilich said.

“We would talk to these people and hear their stories and their histories,” Bilich said. “And some of them had AIDS, some of their husbands had AIDS, some of their husbands had left, some had been raped. To see them totally stepping up to the plate to really make ends meet while only having 20 percent of the resources of anybody in the U.S. was one of those experiences where you leave and you’re just like, ‘Wow.’”

After the trip, while sitting in Sally Lou’s, the light bulb turned on.

“I was reading over this passage and remembered the Rwanda trip and thought we could totally team up with local restaurants and feed single mother families,” Bilich said

After getting such a strong initial response from the community, the band wanted to start the organization to get involved in the community, Bilich said.

“The hope is to raise an awareness that it doesn’t take a lot to make a difference,” Bilich said.

Although the kick-off date for the organization was scheduled for October, Bilich realized time was tight between the candid project and the band.

For now the band will work on getting local restaurants on board.

“Trying to find the time and resources and connect with the people you need to connect with — it’s kind of a job in itself,” Bilich said.

Despite full plates, the band is still excited to return to its birthing ground – SLO Brewing Co. The band is using this opportunity to test out a new song, which will give the audience a good idea of the band’s new direction, Curcio said.

“The thing I’m looking forward to most is this song that we don’t even have a title for yet,” Curcio said. “I’m really looking forward to the fans’ response to this song. It’s kind of the sound I think we’ll be going for.”

Mosse will play a few songs with the group and is looking forward to the packed and rowdy crowd, he said.

“They throw a lot of energy at us on stage and we kind of reciprocate and give it back,” Mosse said.

Doors for the 21 and older show open at 7:30 p.m. and openers ZuhG and Central Currency begin at 8 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available for $12 at Boo Boo Records or and are $15 at the door.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Plans for the Future

Interview with Still Time

After their amazing set at this year’s West Beach Festival we met up with San Luis Obispo’s own Still Time to discuss their music and future plans us about your start in San Luis Obispo, and your ties to the Central Coast

Dan Curcio: Well, there are currently seven of us and we all pretty much met at Cal Poly. We’re from all over California. I met Haircut, our Guitar player in the dorms, he was two doors down from me. When we were walking in, the first day of College, parent’s day, my dad sees this guy and says “There you go, there’s your Guitar player.” As soon as I went to College my goal was to start a band. Anyways’ he has all these Rammstein, Tool and Heavy Metal band stickers on his pedal board and I was thinking, I don’t know because at that point I was pretty much a singer-songwriter kind of guy. I finally ended up going over to his room a few weeks into school and asked him if he wanted to jam on Acoustic. I think an Acoustic Guitar to him at that point was definitely a new thing, he was a Heavy Metal guy (Laughs), and so it kinda worked out, we started jamming, doing our thing and met piece by piece over the course of a couple years to where we have the seven of us now What dorm were you living in at the time?

Dan Curcio: It was at Sierra Madre dorm Describe your live show for someone who has not seen you

Dan Curcio: A lot of variety and a ton of energy, positive energy bringing people together. I think it’s one of those things where…hopefully what we want to do with our music is have it be something that’s appealing to 16 and 17 year olds but also 40 and 50 year olds and everything in-between as well. Our favorite shows are at The Cliffs (Shell Beach), where literally there’s new born babies and 90 year olds and everywhere in-between, we love playing to diverse crowds. You have played numerous shows and have shared the stage

with many diverse acts, (Pepper, Ziggy Marley, UB40) do any shows stand out for you personally?

Dan Curcio: For me it was last year here at the West Beach Festival. We played before Ben Harper on the main stage. He’s my idol, I love Ben Harper. That was a huge one for me

John: There is a lot of them, but one of them for me is when we played up in Avila Beach with Robert Randolph and the Family band. They just ripped it up. They had the same thing we’re going for with the energy and changing it up every time but bringing it every time. Just watching them was pretty awesome Tell us about your current CD “See America”, which was released last year (May 2009)

Dan Curcio: We went more bluesy on that one with T-Bone on board with the Harmonica so we have a little more Blues thing happening on that record than the first one but it also has a variety and mix. We’re actually working on a third record right now, we’ve been home from this National Tour and trying to get down to writing some new songs. But yeah “See America” is basically another step towards defining our sound. With 2010 coming to a close soon, what are your plans for the rest of 2010 and goals for 2011?

Dan Curcio: At this point for us it’s about being financially stable as a band and keeping the business thing going in the right direction so we can do this for a living. With this next record we hope it’s a very soulful and inspiring record. I think it might be us recording ourselves, which is kind of exciting and a bit of an adventure also.

John: Whenwe recorded the last one “See America”, we tried to get that live energy so we recorded it at Downtown Brew (in San Luis Obispo), which is the place where we play a lot of our live shows. We kinda got that with that one but with this one I think we’re talking about doing it ourselves just to not feel rushed like we have. Just to take the time to get every song perfect and right, so we can come back and add this to that song, come back to it when we’re feeling it and just make it an awesome, flowing, feel good record that we’re all really happy with

Dan Curcio:Ithink the environment that we record in is really important to us too. Like on the last record we also recorded at a mansion in San Francisco with really nice hardwood floors, there was incredible acoustics in this place. So for this next one I definitely want to find some new spots that inspire. It’s cool to be able to record in a spot that you feel inspired, and not some sterile, bland recording studio Final words for your fans?

Dan Curcio: I think one of the biggest things is to keep supporting us. We play a decent amount on the Central Coast to make sure that we can pay our bills and do this for a living but we really are trying to make it to the next level and be able to do this on a big scale for a living, and we’re really getting there but we just really need the continued support at this point. It’s a really critical point for us to kinda get over that hump, so just keep coming out to the shows, please keep supporting us and look into our new music coming out soon

John: Keep bringing the energy that they bring right now and we’ll do the same. They’re inspiring us

Dan Curcio: San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast is the coolest place on the planet as far as we’re concerned, so we’re very blessed to be living there

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Santa Cruz Mountains Day 1

We wanted to keep our fans in the loop as we're writing new music in the mountains of Santa Cruz. Check out this little chorus melody we're working on. More videos coming soon...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blog From Pablo

TuneGroove #2: Marvin Gaye "What's Goin' On"

I started working on this bass line again when we got back from tour, and have realized even more since traveling the country what an amazing song this is. Here's a few thoughts I have on the recording itself. I love the alternate percussion congas, they are an essential part of the groove on this track. I love all of the background party vocal tracks, gives it a really laid back vibe. Great use of auxiliary instruments as well like vibes and strings. I recommend this whole album, unlike other Motown songs which are single based this album works as a whole and has an amazing vision, concept, and message behind it. Now to that bass line...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Blog From Haircut

Mt. Whitney - Oh Yeah

Since I was about 15 years old I had wanted to summit Mt. Whitney - the highest elevation in the contiguous U.S. at 14,497 ft. and this past week our new Sax player Ryan and I made it happen...
We started our trek on Sunday camping at the Whitney Portal campground, where black bears were running through our campsite trying to get our leftover pizza. Luckily Ryan fended them off with his shear size and grit. Monday morning we scored a fre
e pass at the Ranger Station and WAG Bags (Bags you get to poo in and then carry out.... fun!) and a bear can to store our massive amount of food. Of course we packed way too much stuff and my pack ended up weighing 68 pounds, but we headed out Monday morning ready to power through the thousands of feet of elevation gain regardless of anything...

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