Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Charleston Scene Article

Still Time has a little something for everyone
By Samantha Test

With its laid-back and upbeat sound, Still Time seems like a perfect match for the Lowcountry.

On a first national tour for its second album, "See America," the band will make its Holy City debut Tuesday night at The Pour House.

The up-and-comers out of California describe their music as groove rock; mixing blues, rock, jazz and funk. Influences include Ben Harper, Dave Matthews and Van Morrison.

The band says that fans can expect a positive and happy experience at the shows.

"What we try to do is just kind of bring random groups of people together to enjoy a positive and high energy kind of show," said Dan Curcio (vocals, guitar), on the phone from New Orleans.

"It's mainly about the positivity. We love so much what we're doing and it comes through in our show."

He'll be joined by bandmates Chris "Haircut" Arntzen (guitar), Nick Bilich (guitar), Paul Smith-Stewart (bass), John Vucinich (drums) and T-Bone Steak (harmonica). The guys and their songs are no strangers to the mandolin, slide guitar and upright bass, either.

"We have people come out that are heavy-metal fans. We've even opened for some metal acts, but it works," Curico said. "If you like a different style, you can still like what we're doing."

As a testament to their versatility, Still Time has shared the stage with Jason Mraz, G. Love and Special Sauce, Michael Franti, Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, UB40 and Robert Randolph.

"We're for fans that appreciate honest and genuine kind of music. I've heard Charleston has that kind of scene," said Curcio.

"We're for people who want to come together and have a good time and hear new, unique music."

After conquering its first scene at San Luis Obispo, Calif., Still Time toured the West Coast with its first album, "Stream of Consciousness" (2007). The new album and tour is a 65-date national circuit.

Wherever they go, though, just be sure to keep an eye on bassist Smith-Stewart. He tends to wander during shows: anywhere from the bar at a local venue to the balcony at the South by Southwest music festival.

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