Patch recently caught up with Jesse Gardner, Jackson Lindy, Jake Lindy, Josh Paquete and Richard Westhaver of the Mystic band "The Feels."
How did you get your start in music?
We all knew each other from attending Fitch High School, and when the fall of 2012 came along, Richard (keyboard), Jesse (saxophone), and Josh (trumpet) started jamming informally, having played together before.
We were asked to do a set at the Mystic Workshop as part of a strictly jazz performance. We added the Lindy brothers, (Jack on drums and Jake on guitar) who had been playing together for years and started jamming on a couple of jazz standards as well as a Radiohead cover. We developed a style of playing that could be defined as jazz but was something different. From then on we started having practices, writing our own music, and named ourselves “The Feels.”
What are your greatest musical influences?
To name a few: Phish, Radiohead, Brian Eno, The Grateful Dead, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Robert Glasper, Pink Floyd, A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla, Marco Benevento, Brad Mehldau, Bob Marley, Christian Scott, Roy Hargrove, Tortoise, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Matthews Band, and Frank Zappa.
How would you describe your music to someone you just met?
A blend of different influences and genres such as rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop and more to create our own unique style with a lot of improvisation. No two performances by us are the same.
Give us your 5-word pitch to a record label.
Unique, experimental, jazz jam band.
Tell us your hometown, where you live now and whatever biographical details you'd like to share:
We’re from Mystic, and play throughout the New London music scene; we hope to expand across New England and beyond. We provide a unique musical experience every time we play!