Bands Have Great Admiration For Each Other
by Gargs Allard
“We are heading out to play Unify Festival in New Mexico,” said Deva Blanchard, frontman for the Captive Eddies.
The high-vibing fest, which the Huffington Post described as a “Top 5 upcoming music festival with a unique twist,” replete with an array of live music headlined by Trevor Hall, yoga sessions, camping, art, organic food and more, shows how far the band has come since its last full album release, Simple Dream, in 2014.
The band is currently working on their next album, due for release in February 2017, which is being recorded in Nashville, TN and is being produced by multi-Grammy winner Bruce Tunti, who also produced their last album.
Wester Joseph, who will also be playing tonight, is working on the follow-up to the 2011 debut self-titled release Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu. The new LP, currently titled Vudu II, is not the only new piece of material the Miami born child of Haitian parents is working on.
“We have a fleet of vintage synths, drum machines and sequencers, and we’re pulling sounds together for an experimental project called Vudu Electrique, which will be upbeat, 80’s-inspired electro.
“We’ve tracked out some of the live shows for a separate EP,” Wester said. “I think it shows more of what we do in real time.”
He plans tour the States east coast and then go onto South America with the full band.
“On the acting front, I’ve acted in a series of short fan films called ‘Black Panther: Storms of Carnage,'” Wester said. “It was basically me and my friends making cinema that we enjoyed. They won a few awards at The Urban Action Showcase in New York and a few of the creators are going back this November. I’m also playing Solomon Northrup in the stage rendition of “12 Years a Slave” in Atlanta on October 15th.”
One of the reasons the two acts together should be a dynamic night of music at the High Dive tonight is the mutual respect and appreciation they have for each other.
“I’m a big fan of Captive Eddies,” says Wester. “I’ve been friends with these guys for well over a decade now and I sit in with them from time to time. We’ve played together quite a bit over the years and I feel like our sounds compliment each other sonically. Their sound has a great energy behind it because they’re all good people, and there’s a spiritual element to it. Eddie Fields is probably one of the best keyboard players/drummers I’ve ever heard. Leaf and Deva are gifted songwriters by any standard. I look forward to playing with them and seeing everyone there.”
About Wester, Deva is similarly complimentary, “Wester Joseph is one of my favorite musicians I have had the pleasure to share the stage with. His creative style of writing music, along with his wonderful ability to just play no matter the style are something that make him a gem no matter the musical project that I’ve seen him in over many years.”