Old Flame at Colby
Old Flame was formed in the mire of the 2017 presidential election with one unshakable intention: to make their art as an active form of resistance and never cease. Born in the DIY basements, garages and fields of Western-Mass, the indie-rock band spins grit, unapologetic politics, and honey-rasp vocals into a psychedelic punk-rock nostalgia, whose edge is a howling afterglow of raw blues.
With one debut EP released, “Wolf in the Heather” (2017) and another one, “Hush Money” looming on the horizon. Old Flame’s debut single, folk-rock strain “Smoke Show,” has been well-worn on the airwaves of WMUA and Valley Free Radio. As one indie-music blogger said: “Love this sound, retro and brand new all at the same time. Toes the line of vintage & psych rock. Addictively good.” -Ear To The Ground Music. Ayres’s vocals have been characterized as “Lady Jim Morrison,” with Perry’s guitar playing transporting listeners from the psychedelia of Jefferson Air Plane to the ferocity of the Clash.
Old Flame is comprised of Emma Ayres (Emma June), Sam Perry (Dios Trio), Ken Birchall and Nate Mondschein (The Rooks).
Have a listen: oldflame.bandcamp.com
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“Its a musician’s job to comfort disturbed people and disturb comfortable people.”
Old Flame’s workshop creates an opportunity for participants to explore embodied songwriting and performing. How do we clearly communicate meaning through song and leave audience members with a connective, interactive experience that leaves them invested? How can we as musicians use our music in service of something greater than itself? How can music be a tool for communicating injustice and a vehicle for community organizing? Through the duration of this 1-hour long workshop, participants will write their own original songs that explore the gamut of political issues participants are passionate about. Together, we’ll unpack the passionate discourse and organize anger and raw emotion into the seeds of a song. The workshop will culminate in a discussion on tactics for using a song as a platform for activism.
Participants are asked to bring an instrument if they play one.