Thank You Scientist

Soda Jerk Presents

Thank You Scientist

Octopus Tree, Eldren

Tue Apr 25 2017

7:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Thank You Scientist
For the uninitiated, Thank You Scientist was forged from the music program at Montclair State University in New Jersey when guitarist Tom Monda met saxophonist Ellis Jasenovic and trumpeter Andrew Digrius. The three bonded over their love for Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Beatles and Harry Nilsson. Those influences would become the seeds for what Thank You Scientist would evolve into today.

With the addition of vocalist Salvatore Marrano, bassist Greg Colacino, drummer Odin Alvarez and violinist Ben Karas, Thank You Scientist's lineup of virtuoso musicians was complete. The band would go on to self-release an EP, The Perils of Time Travel, in 2011 followed by their debut full-length, Maps of Non-Existent Places, in 2012, which caught the ear of Sanchez, a fellow purveyor of progressive stylings, and led to his signing of the band.

To pinpoint Thank You Scientist's sound would be inconceivable. On Maps of Non-Existent Places they hold a virtual master class on musicianship, fusing elements of progressive rock with jazz fusion, classical, metal, psychedelic and pop for a head spinning, mind-blowing listening experience. The seven-piece band, who collectively play some 20 instruments, boasts a hyper-composed sound which is indebted to their experience and formal training in both classical and jazz idioms.

A Frank Zappa for the indie generation? Incubus jamming with the Mahavishnu Orchestra? Mr. Bungle and Steely Dan joining forces to fight Godzilla? King Crimson and the Brecker Brothers serenading you at your bedside? It all seems so strange on paper, yet it's sure to satisfy your ears in the best of ways.
Octopus Tree
Octopus Tree began as a seed germinates in the earth before seeking the sun.

But before that seed was planted, Joe Colomb (drums) and Spencer Church (bass/vocals) found themselves playing in a band that didn't quite satiate their common yearning for quintessential rock 'n' roll. The soil that would grow an Octopus Tree was cultivated when the two began staying after weekly band practices in order to collaborate on new ideas. Tethering themselves to the cornerstone of rock, they explored myriad styles of music with the intention of inspiring movement and synergy among an audience. Invigorated by possibility, Joe and Spencer invited to the group Mark Shriver, a talented keyboard player with an affinity for smooth ambience and electric melodies. Soon after, Jake Padilla was recruited, bringing with him his electric guitar and tendencies of heavy dissonance. The quartet was complete early in the year, but it wasn't until May of 2015 that Octopus Tree's roots took hold; the band was naturalized by a collaborative writing session during a spring snowstorm deep in the San Juan Mountains. The group's labor among the snowcapped pines unearthed a sound that acts as a foundation for what they are becoming. But the sound of Octopus Tree is still being realized; it is ever changing, staying faithful to nothing and no one except the spirit of rock 'n' roll. Bonded by mutual respect and a love for evocative music that permits tension and release, the men that make up Octopus Tree create an experience that challenges the traditional tropes of metal and hard rock, offering a gentleness that invites an audience out of their comfort zones and onto a journey through the ambient waters and ferocious rapids of rock 'n' roll.
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209