Called everything from ‘hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’
to ‘surreal Americana’, New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA
The Grand Slambovians) “is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of
music.” – Chronogram Magazine.
A rootsy psychedelica that Maverick Magazine calls “Mightily
impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana”,
their melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal and a
palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana
ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems.
The Slambovians charm from the first note with thought
provoking lyrics – creating intrigue and attraction for thinking audiences.
Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York
over a decade ago, they pioneered the alt-folk circuit, staying on the fringes
of the music industry.
Winning support from indie radio and press since their
inception, fans fuelled their career from the ground up to an international
status. Having headlined major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada
this band has a devoted cult following.
The band is led by songwriter Joziah Longo
(vocals/guitar/harmonica) “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic, the
entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.” – The
Big Issue, UK,
and joined by Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello,
etc), and Felipe Torres (drums, percussion). They create a captivating
vibe that feeds the soul.
“They may term it ‘Hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ and sure, they have
an air of both Floyd and maybe Bowie at times, atop
their folk-country roots (note, not faux-country) – but it’s done with a
warmth and comfort of a mystical Nebraska
or poetic Crazy Horse.” Sleazegrinder, UK
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called “the
hillbilly Pink Floyd,” which is an apt description, particularly if you throw
in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe
even some Frank Zappa as well.
In 2015 the band finished a year long tour of the UK, US
and Canada where they spread their contagious brand of quirky Americana
promoting the release of ‘A Box of Everything’ – their Sony Red distributed
‘greatest hits you never heard’.
Now beginning work on their sixth studio album, “A Very
Unusual Head”, Joziah Longo, (lead singer/songwriter for the band)
describes the new bundle of songs as
“A notebook of music about those go-to
topics: meta-physical science and religion, poking fun with
scorching humour at the state of the world, and a few anthemic beauties that
will hopefully sweep everyone off their feet for a moment… the sound may be
more adventurous this time – we’ve always had a bit of psychedelic
grit that steals from our British cousins.”
For the uninitiated, the band’s all over the map melodic
avant folk conjures Tom Petty, Dinosaur Jr., and a fuller Buffalo Tom. Equal
parts Washington Irving and Woodstock, the band
taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque
cinematic anthems. Playing art school roots-rock, trad folk and a moody
but uplifting Americana,
they possess an extensive instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello,
“The entire root
system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.” The Big Issue
Together since the late 90’s where they met in art school,
they settled in Sleepy Hollow, New
York, and formed The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. The
band has toured nationally and abroad since forming in 1998. Known for their
electrifying live performances, and critically acclaimed original music,
they have an extremely devoted fan base.
The band produces Halloween shows every year at
moving locations – in 2010 they even brought their legendary
Halloween show, ‘The Grand Slambovian Extraterrestrial Hillbilly~Pirate
Ball’ to London’s Electric Ballroom AND New York City’s Gramercy Theater.
“Saturday was a blast! I want you to know how great I
thought your show was. You guys really made the Gramercy shine and ooze with
your own personality.” Harvey Leeds, Live Nation NYC.
The 2015’s shows
were a ‘Mischief Night’ at Mauch Chunk Opera House October 24th
and Halloween show at Infinity Hall in Hartford,
Ct October 31st.
In 2010 bandleader and songwriter Longo, (known for tall
tales and philosophizing) began work with Broadway theatre legend Theodore Mann
writing the musical score for two productions performed at
Broadway’s Circle in The Square Theatre in New York City
Soon unleashing their hauntingly signature songs on the world once again, the
bands next studio album is scheduled for release in 2016. The new songs
should knit into the band’s classics like an old paisley quilt wrapped around a
very large family. The ultimate DIY’ers, the band runs its own label and has
previously released 4 critically acclaimed studio albums and one ‘greatest
Joziah Longo (lead vocals, guitars, harmonica), born in Philadelphia, grew up
playing traditional country, folk and mummers music with his father. Performing
professionally from the age of 13 doing Dylan covers, he moved to New York to pursue his
muse. Playing venues ranging from CBGB’s to Carnegie Hall as a headline
performer, Joziah was also the first American musician invited to perform in
mainland China in the early 90’s ending a decade-long ban on Western music.
Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute, theremin) comes from a
long line of feisty Irish musicians which brings a unique spark to the band’s
music as well as performance. Tink has worked with Joziah and Sharkey on
Sharkey McEwen (guitars, mandolin, backing vocals), longtime
musical partner of Joziah, has Louisiana roots but grew up in L.A. where he cut
his teeth on the club circuit before coming to New York in the early 90’s. His
inventive, evocative playing is a strong counterpoint to Joziah’s songwriting
and performance. He is has been the band’s engineer and main producer
with Joziah for all their albums.
Felipe Torres (drums, percussion, backing vocal) has
been a musician and teacher for nearly 20 years. Having toured extensively
throughout the USA, Canada and Europe,
performing in a multitude of musical genres, Felipe aims to bring a variety of
drumming and colourful sounds to the Slambovian world. His approach is directed
and inspired by the mood and lyrical imagery conjured by the newly found
musical kinship in Joziah and the band’s work.