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Schwindy's indie music spotlight: Translucent Ham Sandwich Band

Music from the Future


It's pretty safe to say that there is no band in Orange County (or possibly anywhere else) like Translucent Ham Sandwich Band. The only good comparison is probably The Mothers of Invention. If you've never seen the band live, you're missing one amazing performance. The number of musicians - not to mention some of the musicians themselves - varies from one show to the next. The shows have included bellydancers, jugglers, and a variety of other performers that make their way through the audienceas the band plays. If it sounds interesting, rest assured that it is. Well, the band is just as interesting on this recording as it is live.

Evan Stone, the man behind The Ham

The album begins with a song that captures the band's live energy. It's a pretty funky tune with spoken-word vocals that includes - of all things - a flute solo. That ought to give you an idea of just how unusual this band is. After all, when was the last time you heard a flute solo? I'd love to tell you the name of the song, but I don't particularly know because I received the album as two sides - like a record. Later in the album is another song whose sound is hard to describe. Avant-garde jazz would be a good way to describe it. Regardless, the melody is accompanied by someone who sounds like he's reciting poetry. It's easy to think about this song (the phrase "That's my jam!" is repeated) being used in a movie scene involving beatniks.

One thing is certain about bandleader Evan Stone (drums). He's not afraid to include some heavy-duty content in his lyrics. Granted a lot of the album is instrumental, but there are some lyrics about occupying Wall Street, our total dedication to social media, and a host of other things.

I'd be lying if I said this album is for everyone. Taht being said, it incorporates funk, jazz, and even a bit of hip-hop so it offers a lot of things for a lot of different music fans. If you want something unlike anything else in your collection, check out this album from Translucent Ham Sandwich Band.