Sly Roosevelt to release its second CD this year Saturday at fest
HUNTINGTON — Huntington band Sly Roosevelt has played a lot of shows around town over the past few years and reaching new audiences has been one of Sly Roosevelt’s primary goals in the last year.
To that end, the band recently ventured out on their first tour to promote the full-length album they released in June, "Animal Tracks."
The month-long trek took them through New York, North Carolina, and seven other states.
“It was a really satisfying experience, being out on the road, and we came back home very energized about what we do,” said guitarist Joshua Sanders.
Sly Roosevelt’s members have capitalized on that energy since returning to Huntington in July.
In addition to jumping back into a regular schedule of live shows, they immediately returned to the studio to record "Weird," a new four-track EP, to be released Saturday, Sept. 29 at the third-annual Huntington Music and Arts Festival at Ritter Park Amphitheater.
The all-ages concert features national act Bill Fox, and a slew of WV-based bands traveling regionally. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Music starts at noon and doesn't stop until 10 p.m. on two stages. Tickets are $15 advance or $20 at the gate.
Advance tickets are on sale now at Route 60 Music in Barboursville, as well as The V Club and Black Sheep Burrito and Brews. The concert is free for children 12 and under. Get more info at www.hmafestival.com There's also about a dozen visual artists and artisans that will have booths including: Brand Yourself, Drunken Mermaid Oddities, Happy Camper, A Meticulous Mess, Perpetual Glassworks, Scribbles & Splotches Caricatures, Spiral Light Productions, and Vinyl Mountain Records There's a full slate of food vendors including Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, Buddy's BBQ, as well as beer vendors and soft drinks by Pepsi.
Like Sly Roosevelt’s previous recordings, "Weird" was produced in the band’s self-built studio.
“We’ve spent the last year becoming as self-sufficient as we can,” explained Durand. “We recorded these tracks ourselves. This time around, we’re doing all the mixing and mastering ourselves. And we’ll be printing and packaging the CDs ourselves, by hand. We put a lot of love and hard work into it. We want to do that with everything we produce.”
Sly Roosevelt, whose music is often described as "experimental indie," is comprised of Sean McDaniel on lead vocals and guitar, Alexander Durand on bass guitar, Matthew Marshall on drums, Joshua Sanders on guitar, and Megan Durand on keys. Since its formation in 2008, the band has performed regularly in Huntington and in the surrounding area, including at the 2010 and 2011 Huntington Music and Arts Festivals. Sly released its EP, "Old P," in late 2011, followed by the band's first full-length album, "Animal Tracks," in June.
Find out more about the band online at www.facebook.com/slyroosevelt and read more about the Huntington Music and Arts Festival in Thursday’s Weekend cover story.