Burlington's psychedelic rock quartet at Stone Church

BRATTLEBORO — Vermont is known for its distinct taste in music that fails to draw division between the psychedelic and just plain weird. Smoky venues, tie-dye T-shirts, buzzing amps and the brief noodling between 20-minute jams are all characteristics of the Burlington music scene and are remnants of the '60s psychedelic subculture many have preserved so well.

Burlington's psychedelic rock quartet, The Edd will be performing at the Stone Church on Friday. Brattleboro will be the second stop on the band's "Yellow Snow Tour" where they will be playing songs off their new album, "I'm with Bob," that features eight songs and was released earlier this year. The Edd's music is largely instrumental and emphasises on the improvisational, striving for each show to be different than the last.

Bassist Greg Domina and drummer Dominic Metcalfe both hail from southern Vermont. After the duo met in middle school, they jammed and initially formed The Edd in their former guitarists basement in Whitingham. It wasn't until 2009 when the band decided to move to Burlington to pursue music did they truly become serious about gigging and making music. They met their current guitarist, Win Haas at a college party the band used to gig at, and decided to give him a call when their former guitarist left the band. The final member to join The Edd, John Nummy, was originally a guitarist but was strongly urged by the former trio to learn the keys. Domina said that introducing the keyboard player in 2012, " was one of the more challenging things we had done but ended being the best decision we had ever made as a group."

The group's taste in music is diverse, ranging from hip-hop to The Allman Brothers. Domina said that group is definitely influenced by Pink Floyd and the '90s experimental rock group, Tool. They also admire proclaimed jam-bands such as The Disco Biscuits and Burlington's own Phish.

The Edd uploads each of their live shows to Archive.org, and encourages people to listen, record and share their live shows as much as possible. Domina said that the band plans on releasing another Album next year but will continue with the December tour.

"We've all realized at this point that we don't want to tour continuously, it is taxing on everything, including our friendship and creativity," said Domina, "that being said who knows what will happen."

The Edd will be performing two sets on Friday, at The Stone Church, 210 Main St. Brickdrop will be opening the night and KTR lightning will be providing the light show. Tickets are $10 in advance at stonechurcvt.com and $12 at the door.


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