MM Presents: Praang feat. Kimock, Janover, Travis & Hann
Quixote's True Blue
Words & Photos By Brad Yeakel
Just a few weeks ago, Michael Travis and Jason Hann of the String Cheese Incident brought their improv-tronica band, EOTO, to a packed house at the Denver Fillmore. That's why I was puzzled that two nights of EOTO featuring two of the best musicians in the game, Kimock and Janover, would be at Quixotes. That is essentially what Praang is. Hann and Travis delivered their unique style of evolving electronica while Janover and Steve Kimock embellished and augmented the jams.
If you aren't very familiar with EOTO, there is an excellent video available above. They produced electronica music live without any pre-recorded loops. They were improvisational 100% of the time, and no two songs or shows were alike. Hann and Travis were impressive as they maintained grooves with machine-like timing. Jason's simultaneous drumming and usage of rhythmic loops was astounding to watch, and Travis seamlessly shifted between keys, synths, loops, and bass. I enjoyed watching Praang in particular because Travis spent more time on bass than in a typical EOTO show. His style was punchy, flashy, intricate, and danceable.
Overall, I enjoyed Praang's music even more than EOTO's because they create a slightly funkier, airier sound to allow for Janover and Kimock to add to the mix. It opened up a door to groovy electronica that strayed beyond the overused beats of the dubstep era. It seemed like this annual collaboration was as much fun for them as it was for us, and I eagerly look forward to the next time.
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