Freak Mythology, Stranger, and In The Pines: Psych Out at Madison Live



Take yourself back to '60s with Freak Mythology’s funk psychedelic rock experiment. The show at Madison Live is their send-off on their month-long tour around the Midwest. They will be playing with local bands Stranger and In the Pines, both homegrown funk rock revival bands.

In the Pines is an up-and-coming band from the Queen City. Formed in 2015, the group plays an intense mix of psychedelic guitar rock, jazz rock, and R&B. Made up of 5 boys from Ohio, Graham Holthaus (alto saxophone), Charlie Horn (drums), Max Moser (guitar), Michael Shular (guitar/vocals), and Patrick Zopff (bass/vocals), all rock out with their unique style. Their influences include are Dr. Dog, Spoon, and Tame Impala but continue to explore the world of music by incorporating more than rock instruments into their sound. They’ve played with other big local names such as Go Go Buffalo and Fire is Motion and their fanbase are quickly growing. Mirror of Evolution, their full-length EP, was released in August of 2017, showcasing all of the different influences on the band. In the Pines is eager to make their mark on Cincinnati with an eclectic show that’ll have something for everyone

From Hamilton, Ohio, Stranger is a newly formed group that has a fresh take on the Cincinnati music scene. All experienced musicians and working with other bands, Stranger is a project that combines all members' talents. Their self-described rock ‘n’ roll sound is heavily influenced by the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan with their funky twist inspired by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They’ve often said “we've always been stranger together” which inspired their name, giving the band a double entendre with the word stranger, whether it be you’re the stranger to them or we’re all stranger than something. Their live performances are energetic and get the crowd dancing.

Headlining the show is Freak Mythology, a new but powerful Cincinnati band that debuted their first album in 2017. Since their formation in 2012, they’ve been playing at music festivals, such as Hippie Fest in Athens, OH, and featured in a French short film with their song “Head Out.” According to their website, “Freak Mythology mixes the weird pop grooves of the Talking Heads with the jazz-fusion style of Herbie Hancock and the professional jam band approach of the Grateful Dead.” Their unique mix of genres has led them to quick success in Cincinnati. After placing 1st in Cincinnati’s Next Big Band Competition, they went on to win Madison Theatre Band Challenge in April. The band is made up of 4 cross-disciplined members, Brad Whelitz on lead vocals and guitar, Ryan Shepard with his vocals and guitar, Caroline Joseph with vocals and bass, and percussionist Travis Hanna. Freak Mythology transport you to simpler time their energetic take on classic rock. They’re fresh and unlike any other.

The send-off show is promising of funky rock'n'roll and energetic bands. It will definitely be a perfect kick off to summer and send off for Freak Mythology’s Midwest Tour. And even if you can't make it to the show, you can support their tour Kickstarter here!

When: Saturday, May 26, 6:00 PM Where: Madison Live How much: $8 advance, $10 day of; all ages

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