EOTO at Boone Saloon March 21
The power keeps building, as EOTO tears through the country at the halfway mark of their 41-date national tour.
"We feel like we're getting better all the time, so by the time we get to your area it should be pretty slammin'," said EOTO's Jason Hann, percussionist and drummer for jam titans String Cheese Incident (SCI).
EOTO is a joint project between Hann and Michael Travis, a founding member of SCI. When SCI stopped touring (having now resumed this year), Travis worked primarily on his project with Hann for EOTO and electronic band Zilla.
Both Hann and Travis have broken from their past musical norms. Using loop sequencers, now their shows are completely improvisational - maybe a different kind of jam. But since it's English, it's going on the muffin.
"We always have a blast in Boone," Hann said. "There is some real good energy, especially at that part of the tour. You get over the initial party pace, all the after parties. We don't have any songs or set lists or anything. I think that is what helps keep it fresh, you can just be in exploration mode. By doing that every night, by the time you get a week down the road, our sound starts to evolve."
Hann was blessed to be speaking jet-lagged at 10 a.m. in a different time zone, the morning after the after-party.
"After a two-week period, we are in a whole other zone, and that is rewarding," he said.
EOTO has been around for four years and touring extensively for the last three.
"Probably in the last three years, we have done 600 shows," Hann said. "That's a lot of touring and a lot of playing. Overall, it's so rewarding to see the project take off and hold its own."
Hann and Travis started EOTO and used their rhythmic understanding of percussion to keep audiences kinetic.
"Our first priority is keeping people dancing and having a good time," Hann said. "We're always looking at the dance floor and making sure that we're still hitting the nerve. We try not to over-analyze anything. That is the biggest part. When you start over-analyzing stuff, you start to stalemate yourself ... It's constant, the brain is on all the time."
Hann said that live shows with no set lists give the duo license to be constantly creating.
"After you play that same set three or four nights in a row, it's really hard to get yourself psyched up for that song again," he said. "The thing about improvising, keeping your mind a clean palette, is this exercise in constant spirituality. Doing whatever you're hearing or feeling in the moment and making it happen."
Music, like water, can take unending forms. EOTO will be playing live at the Boone Saloon on Sunday, March 21, starting at 10 p.m. The cover charge is $12, and only those 21 and up will be admitted. The Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, call the Boone Saloon at (828) 264-1614 or visit http://www.eotomusic.com.