Once And Future Band

Joel Robinow (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Raj Ojha (drums/recording engineer), Eli Eckert (bass/guitar/vocals) and Raze Regal (guitar) have been confidantes and conspirators for greater part of two decades, collaborating in Drunk Horse, Howlinʼ Rain, East Bay Grease and many other projects. They have convened as Once & Future Band with the purpose of performing and recording Joel's massive library of songs before they are lost to the ages after the “Great Hard Drive Crash of '12”...
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Joel Robinow (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Raj Ojha (drums/recording engineer), Eli Eckert (bass/guitar/vocals) and Raze Regal (guitar) have been confidantes and conspirators for greater part of two decades, collaborating in Drunk Horse, Howlinʼ Rain, East Bay Grease and many other projects. They have convened as Once & Future Band with the purpose of performing and recording Joel's massive library of songs before they are lost to the ages after the “Great Hard Drive Crash of '12”.
In the vapor trail of “How Does It Make You Feel” you can smell the burnt ozone of a seventies-full-orchestra-nebula-pop-odyssey, the flakes floating down and landing on you like snow and giving you the grave-chills…the ash of a masterpiece pop song. Once and Future Band: this incredibly accomplished cabal of total prog wizards has circled the earth, but then, these are the accomplished gentlemen of many former pursuits (the formidable Drunk Horse among them) and all of them comets themselves. The very mid 70s vibe at work here surpasses pastiche, and crests that lovely anachro nistic conceptual peak: a fully realized and meticulously arranged psych record, meant to be listened to from top to bottom, with the lights down low and in a comfy chair perhaps, or while gazing out the window of your life pod. A Dark Side of the Moon feel, with shades of early Yesʼs technicality, a dash of Steely Danʼs vocal prowess and effortless sheen, and some seriously outsized hooks that call to mind the mighty ELO, Le Orme and yes, even the unsinkable Queen powered on Brian Mayʼs tape echo jet fuel and sequined power cells...this is a head record in the classic sense but we swear to The Dark One that you will be trapped and infected by the pop-parasite. That it is largely self-produced (with tracking/engineering on three of the songs by Phil Manley at El Studio) makes it all the more jaw dropping. We didnʼt realize how much we needed Once and Future Band in our life, but now that theyʼre here we canʼt get them out of our brains or off of our stereo. Making prog cool again, again, and then slightly more complicatedly, again. – Matt Jones

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