Star News Interview with Dangermuffin – Wilmington on 8/23
We’d like to thank Brian Tucker with Star News for this great interview and write-up for the Wilmington show at The Soapbox on Thursday! Check it out.
Mike Sivilli (from left), Dan Lotti and Steven Sandifer are Dangermuffin.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Wilson
What: Dangermuffin, with Old You
When: 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, Thursday, Aug. 23
Where: The Soapbox, 255 N. Front Street, downtown Wilmington
Ticket: $8 in advance, $10 day of show, $11 and $13 for those under 21
Details: 251-8500, DangerMuffinMusic.com orwww.SoapboxLaundroLounge.com
Call it feel-good music without pretension, but with a lot of flavor.
Dangermuffin’s latest album, “Olly Oxen Free,” is a completely Charleston, S.C., homegrown affair that showcases the band’s organic, freewheeling vibe.
Dangermuffin plays the Soapbox in Wilmington on Thursday, Aug. 23.
“We do feel it’s outdoorsy,” said Dan Lotti, singer and guitarist, of the band’s music. “We did a festival last year in Taos, N.M. It was one of those experiences that gets in your blood and changes you a little bit forever. It’s unavoidable that it gets in the music.”
“Olly Oxen Free” is a stew of styles, its roots rock sound augmented with reggae, blues, gospel and jam band flourishes. Lotti is a sincere vocalist who recalls the warm, weathered timbre of Peter Gabriel.
“A little bit, lyrically, it has to do with the freedom of having knowledge come to you and understanding life the more you understand yourself,” Lotti said.
If Dangermuffin’s previous album, “Moonscapes,” was an energetic back porch affair about being at home in Folly Beach, S.C., then “Olly” seems to be about touring the country the last few years. The song “The Loneliest Highway” is about long drives through the desert.
“There was a night we drove very far from Oregon, down through Northern California and across Nevada on Route 15, which is known as the loneliest highway,” Lotti said. “We did the whole thing overnight. It’s a two-lane road in the middle of the desert and you’re the only person out there.”
From the uplifting shuffle of album opener “Slumber” to the gospel feel of closer “The Rising Souls,” “Olly” feels like a journey. The band brought it all home, and was the first band to record at Truphonics, a brand-new studio in Charleston.
The band shifted from the gentleness of “Moonscapes” slightly on “Olly,” incorporating a more ’70s feel with electric guitar, notably on the bristling “200 Degrees” and the Neil Young-tinged “Back in the Pines.”
Not bad for a band that doesn’t have a bass player. Lotti plays an acoustic guitar with a low-end sound to make up for it.
The cover of “Olly” boasts artwork by Nathan Durfee, a renowned Charleston artist.
“We felt like this was a local product and were really happy to collaborate with him and have that one wonderful painting as our cover,” Lotti said.
The image is filled with balloons, wave-like clouds and a young boy leaving a cave for a sunny skyline. It mirrors the happy music on “Olly,” where nothing sounds forced and melodies unfurl effortlessly. Lotti said many of them occur as he’s about to fall sleep.
“I’ve taught myself to get out of bed and get (the melody) down before it’s gone forever. The melodies and the inspiration for a lot of the songs come from a place of hope. Music is a very powerful thing. You can do a lot with it. One of the things that feel the best for us is to have an element of hope and joy.”
The full article and the full interview can be found here.