Phoenix alt-rock band 1967 set to rock downtown Flagstaff
This Saturday, up-and-coming alternative rock band 1967 will be taking the stage at Club 111 in downtown Flagstaff. They are rock enthusiasts pioneering their own chorus-driven sound, infusing their music with catchy and a very distinctive element of groove. In addition to creating new material, they perform a wide variety of famous rock covers and have played alongside notable musical acts Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin, Tantric, Alien Ant Farm and Agent Orange.
Originally, the 1967 began as a long-distance collaboration effort between singer/songwriter Jaime Reynolds and drummer Gordon Burks.
“Back in 2006, we’d taken a little break from music for awhile and finally got the bug to start writing again around 2009,” Reynolds said. “So, we did so over the phone for a few months just for fun. The song ideas were pretty solid. They definitely had a millenium rock feel to them. I started recording the ideas in local studios playing all the instruments and circulating demos to generate interest to find musicians.”
Upon officially deciding to initiate a new musical project, Reynold naturally wanted Burks to serve as the group’s drummer. Due to the fact Burk lived in Washington and Reynolds resided in Phoenix, it proved impossible for him to participate in the band. In 2010, Reynolds went on a recruiting spree, and met bassist Jordan Courtney through a reference from a friend. Reynolds then received an invaluable contact recommendation from the musician of a world famous heavy metal band.
“I asked David Ellefson [bassist of Megadeth] who I attend Mega-Life church with in Scottsdale, if he knew of anyone,” Reynolds said. “So he referred me to Nathan [Marchi]. Jordan and I hit it off with Nathan on the first audition. We knew he was the guy.”
Following the addition of Marchi, 1967 spent several months performing as a three-piece band. They recruited guitarist Scotty Saenz from local Phoenix rock band Cartoon Lion a few months ago. Reynolds said the band’s name honors the memory of his late brother.
“1967 is my brother Geoff Reynolds’ birth year,” Reynolds said. “He passed away in 1998. Geoff was a true inspiration and instrumental in me wanting to start a band when I was a kid. He was always in local bands growing up and he was an amazing guitarist and vocalist. I even had the privilege of playing bass in his band for a few months, called Pull And Be Damned, before he tragically passed away.”
1967’s latest four-track EP If Love Ruled the World is due to be released on iTunes and all major online music vendors on May 25. Reynolds said the title was inspired by “When Loved Ruled The World,” one of their new songs.
“Falling in love is a process that happens the same way for everyone,” Reynolds exclaimed. “We all fall into a euphoria, become infatuated with this person and will travel the world for their love if that’s what it took. It can end up ruling our world. Plus, there’s always room for more love.”
Reynolds said his musical creativity has been particularly inspired by several of his favorite musical releases.
“Rush’s Moving Pictures, Metallica’s Ride The Lightning, Three Dog Night’s Greatest Hits, Alice In Chains’ Dirt [and] Nirvana’s Nevermind,” Reynolds said, listing some of his favorite musical releases. “I spent countless hours with these records shaping my styles. Rush gave me progressive ideas; Metallica gave me melody mixed with aggression; Three Dog Night gave me songwriting structure and groove; Alice In Chains gave me vocal harmony and passion and Nirvana gave me the opportunity to sing and play guitar at the same time.”
Reynolds said the members of 1967 relish playing in front of an audience.
“My favorite part about performing live is being on stage and sharing my music with the crowd,” Reynolds said. “I also enjoy spending time with my bandmates and the brotherhood that goes along with sharing those on-stage moments. I look over at Jordan, Nathan or Scotty at any given moment and give them a smile and they light up just as much as I do. We’re definitely a team with one goal in mind: to have fun. It’s a total adrenaline high.”
1967 is currently sponsored by Jägermusic, the musical branch of German-based Jägermeister Herbal Liqueur. Reynolds said past relationships with the company lead to 1967’s current sponsorship.
“My other band, Prozack Staple, had landed a sponsorship with them back in the day,” Reynolds said. “It was as easy as picking up the phone and calling and old friend to rekindle the relationship. Because I had previous success promoting Jägermeister with Prozack Staple, they didn’t even hesitate. They have been very helpful in providing valuable free promotional giveaways like sunglasses, t-shirts, hats, flyers, CDs, shot glasses, posters and even booking the Jäger Girls at our events.”
1967 is currently embarking on a southwest tour spanning Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Reynolds is focused on establishing lasting relationships with musical fan bases.
“We are also one of the most approachable bands that I know of,” Reynolds said. “We want to get to know everyone who enjoys what we do. We’re building communities of fans in each city. We want to stay in touch with all of you.”
Reynolds wants to share his musical talent and passion with audiences everywhere.
“I’m blessed with the gift of music,” Reynolds said. “Life is about sharing our gifts with others. Why not share it with everyone?”
Reynolds will be playing a solo acoustic show on May 3rd at Sundara Boutique at 8 p.m. and May 4th at Campus Coffee Bean at 7 p.m. 1967 will be performing live on May 5th at Club 111 at 9 p.m.