Euforquestra makes home state stop with new album
Published on April 8th, 2014 | by Joe Lawler
That’s how Euforquestra guitarist Mike Tallman describes the band’s new album, “Fire.” It comes five years after the (originally from Iowa City) band’s last studio album, “Soup.” The band spent that time touring, establishing a new home in Fort Collins, Colo., and building up its own festival, Camp Euforia.
“It’s refreshing,” Tallman said of taking the new material on the road. “Some of the songs we’ve been playing for a long time, but on the album they have completely new arrangements. I think that’s highly influenced by having Kyle there as producer. He helped us find the grooves and new pockets that worked better.
That Kyle is Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for The String Cheese Incident and producer on “Fire.” Hollingsworth and Euforquestra share a manager, who put them in touch, and the band used a Kickstarter campaign to raise more than $20,000 to fund the album and Hollingsworth’s work as producer. He was recently announced as one of the acts for the July 11-12 Camp Euforia in Lone Tree.
“It was convenient, because he’s local to Colorado and a lot of people we were talking about we would have had to fly in and get them hotel rooms,” Tallman said. “Because he was already here, he was able to come to some rehearsals and live shows to get a feel for us. He really jumped in and made it his project as well.”
The band is on tour in support of “Fire,” though this weekend provides a bit of a working vacation for the band. Tallman’s family is from Des Moines, while most of the rest of the band is from Iowa City, where they play Saturday. Then they have a Sunday show in Cedar Rapids and Monday off. So the members of Euforquestra are looking forward to spending some time with familiar faces.
“It’s always nice to get family time in while you’re traveling,” Tallman said. “And being able to play these dates with a new record and a bunch of new merch is always a little more exciting than a regular tour. Especially since a lot of our supporters on Kickstarter were friends and family in Iowa. It will be nice to bring everything back there to them.”
After this the band will start to hit the road for summer festivals, as well as working on Camp Euforia. The members will have a new music video shortly, and they would like to try to release more for fans who can’t make it out to Euforquestra shows. The band has cut its touring schedule slightly — from more than 120 shows a year to about 95.
“It’s getting to the point where we’re trying to work smarter, not harder.”
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St.
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door