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Daemon Chili: A unique sound emerges

Daemon Chili
Daemon Chili
Coleman Rogers

It’s always nice to see non-main stream musicians attracting some attention from press and from the industry itself. It shows that there’s still a part of the music industry that’s actively searching for alternative music- music that may not fit the “trendy” bill. Yes, luckily, there’s still a part of the industry that caters to all different ears. And lately, it seems that New England Music Awards “New Act of the Year (2014)” nominee, Daemon Chili is a band that’s generating some interest. Front man, Michael Dion is a veteran musician, who was once a member of Hot Day At The Zoo, a bluegrass band that gained some traction just north of Boston, MA. These days, Michael has been focusing his attention on his newer project.

Daemon Chili showcases the talents of many musicians. Dion handles the lead vocals. You can also hear him on acoustic guitar and harmonica. Jason Morretti and Tim Kochanski take on the electric guitar, along with Matt Giannaros on bass, Jay Breen on drums, and Steve Benson on pedal steel & electric mandolin. You can find Jeremy Parker on the keys. Together, the band belongs to a different breed of genre. If you listen closely, you can hear inherent roots in blues. However, there’s also undeniably strong country, bluegrass and folk influences. Every song seems to have a slightly different flavor, from bass-heavy tunes to the songs saturated with pedal steel and mandolin. It’s no wonder their music has caught the eye of the right people.

The band is releasing their 10-song debut album, Rise Up on March 17, 2014 and is celebrating with a 21+ CD-release party at Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club at 17 Holland St. in Somerville, MA on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Doors will open at 9:30 PM and tickets are available here or by phone at 1-866-777-8932. Outside of Daemon Chili, Rockspring and Jatoba will also be taking the stage. For more information on Daemon Chili, check out or any of the band's social media sites, including Facebook, Reverb Nation, SoundCloud or Twitter.