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The Jauntee: Heir to the Throne?

In this the thirtieth year of Phish I declare their successor to be The Jauntee. Going through the details it will appear they share traits with many bands who’ve used Phish as a template in much the same way as a plethora of legends used Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry in the 60s and 70s. So what is different about this group of young men from Boston? What do they have that others lack? Is it the infamous X-factor so many of us critics are always going on and on about? Has Caton Sollenberger found the secret fifteen-foot-pedal signal-path that leads to the land of milk and honey? Did Trey Anastasio leave his hose in a cab somewhere and Sollenberger was lucky enough to be the next passenger? Did Scott Ferber Hamlet Tony William’s grave to find not just a skull but William’s soul in a box? Can “Hamlet” really be used as a verb?

Of the latter I know not, but of the former questions—and the BIG question—I put forth a reluctant “I don’t know.” I don’t know why the Jauntee have affected me in a way that many similar acts have not. I don’t know why the two shows I’ve seen (just a few short miles from the Mothership) had me so spellbound the minutes seemed like milliseconds. I don’t know why their way of building tension until you can’t take anymore no not yet wait just another minute I can hear it coming it’s—release!—already seems legendary. I don’t know why the way Tony Cerullo (keys) and John Loland (bass) davenport their long jams with warmth and grace is different from other notable rhythm sections. I don’t know why I keep using nouns as verbs.

But I do know this: You will not be disappointed when you check these guys out. They did not want to stop playing at their Hampton Taphouse gig. All three sets were filled with twists and turns that had the unmistakable quality of being simultaneously planned and unplanned. If you look through their setlists you will notice a conscious decision to not play Phish, but during the soundcheck Sollenberger teased “It’s Ice”—perfectly imitating Anastasio’s tone circa 1992. And during the second set they went in and out of “David Bowie” and “Weekapaug Groove” all the while going in and out and around their own “Black Bart,” “Get Young,” and “I Am the Slime.” But unlike others, the Jauntee have frozen the Phish musical template in 1993.

Yes, my favorite year of Phish is 1997 too, but using the musicality of Phish the arena band as a source of influence just doesn’t come off right in a small bar on a Tuesday night. Maybe that’s why the Jauntee are different. Maybe that’s the answer to the BIG question: The Jauntee are destined to tour arenas because they have made the conscious decision to be influenced by Phish the bar band. But it’s not fair to overplay the Phish influence, just as it’s not accurate to always compare Phish to the Grateful Dead. The Jauntee draw heavily from Return to Forever and a danceable Mahavishnu Orchestra. Frank Zappa, as you might guess, is also present.

The Jauntee’s 2012 release Enjoy the Ride displays their tight proggy chops and captures some of their live energy. In concert their mathematical compositions lead to volcanic jams as Sollenberger transforms from a pedal-wizard into the Incredible Guitar Hulk. But they do not suffer from the jamband habit of having amazing live shows and terrible albums. Over the past decade I’ve written many times in these ones and zeroes about the critical tropes the close-minded press uses to describe groups that like to stretch things out. But it occurs to me now that trope—like so many others—is fallacious. Why shouldn’t every band have better live concerts than albums? Now that technology has enabled us to control loud music, shouldn’t that tired line “they’re way better in concert” be a given true of all performers? As the recent Grantland piece about Phish noted, the music business will never be the same again. Live performance is the music industry now, and the Jauntee will soon become the new CEO. Make an appointment before we have to battle with Scalper Barry just to get a seat.

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Greg Pittz June 23, 2013, 17:59:06

Hit the nail on the head. These guys have something unique… I don’t know why, or what it is, but they have something that other bands just don’t. The only thing I know is that they’re the ONLY band that makes me drive several hours across several states, just to see them play in a bar. No other band is making people do that.

Shannon June 23, 2013, 18:47:14

I have been to hundreds of varied genre shows over the years and am pleased to say that “Jaunting” not only fulfills my multi-genre needs, yet make me hunger to see what they will bring next to the party as they are constantly as well as consistently evolving. My only hope is that others open themselves to the experience they give as is it truly a gift to all of us. As they suggest, I do indeed “enjoy the ride”!

manley pointer June 23, 2013, 19:53:59

They’re great if you dont want to pay $40+ to see phish. I would like to see some more originality. Every song they have is a phish tease. The guitarist is constantly biting off trey. I dont know why everyone sucks their dick so hard. They literally steal jams and turn them into songs. What it is that the author of this article “doesnt know” what makes them “so good” is that they’re familiar. In my opinion, too familiar. They purposely dont play phish because they try so hard to sound like them.

manley June 23, 2013, 19:59:16

I forgot to mention that the bassist is the only one who is not a douche bag? Scott and caton are egotistical little pricks who got their musical “talent” from mommy and daddy’s wallet.

Tim norton June 23, 2013, 20:01:12

Fuck yeah guys, I remember your first rugg road show with us! You guys are doing it right!!!!!

Greg Tooms June 23, 2013, 20:28:18

I think the Jauntee is a terrible band. They are the biggest phish rip off. The bassist doesn’t even know what the fuck he is doing! Comparing Scott to Tony Williams? Kill yourself.

Kyle hosser June 23, 2013, 20:32:14

These guys try to be Phish. Seriously I’ve seen these guys twice and aill I’ve seen is a bunch of fuck ups on drugs pretending they’re at a Phish show. Anyone who compares the drummer to Tony Williams is obviously tripping. The jam scene doesn’t need another band trying to replicate Phish….

A Friend June 23, 2013, 20:40:59

Dearest Manley, I’ve played with Caton in several different groups over the last few years and he’s a great dude as well as a great MUSICIAN. Sorry you haven’t have the same experience. And you can’t be serious about buying “talent.” Talent is something you invest in personally and some people are lucky enough to have there family support them along the way. You sculpt it, nurture it, treat it like your pretty new pet. AND don’t be sour that they’re doing well, embrace it and try to be better than them. Lets see a link from your band, or even better, a link to a solo track…

YOU MAD? June 23, 2013, 21:15:10

Manley, why so sour? Your band struggling or something? Proud of the boys! Don’t hate, motivate yourself to succeed at what you do

sal June 23, 2013, 21:51:17

these kids are crushin it- cant wait for the post- dicks quixotes shows!

MBW June 23, 2013, 23:17:19

get fucked, manley.

Nick June 24, 2013, 00:23:58

Hey JamBase – check your archives, pretty sure you anointed Umphrey’s the heirs to the throne back in 2004. Seriously though, can we stop saying that we think this band or that band is going to be the next Phish, or the next Dead? These guys are just another one-dimensional bar band that rips off Phish jams… Really, you think that guy is ripping off Tony Williams? Wow… I think you need to listen to more Tony Williams. Way off the mark with this one.

Steve June 24, 2013, 01:19:34

The Jauntee are the real deal. OK yes they sometimes sound like Phish, not even that much really, but these kids can play multiple genres flawlessly and are capable of 20+ minute jams with the intricacy and creativity to capture a crowd’s attention for every last second. If you’re a fan of jam music do yourself a favor and go see them as soon as you can. They really do have the potential to be a big national act. Easily the best jam band out of Boston since Dopapod. Thank you Berklee.

manley pointer June 24, 2013, 01:43:21

If you don’t think these guys sound just like phish then you don’t know what you’re talking about. AND yes you can buy talent when the 1000s of dollars their parents have spent on their awesome gear does all the work for them. Ask caton about his pedals. Half of them are the exact same that trey used to use. Scott is a mediocre drummer with a pussy ass voice.

Mr. C June 24, 2013, 06:57:28

It sounds like Manley Pointer is jealous of another band getting attention. He is more than likely afraid that he will spend the rest of his talent-less life kneeling in an alley sucking off other guys ‘manley pointers’ in order to make a buck.

John C June 24, 2013, 11:12:15

If I remember correctly, Page McConnell’s dad put a hefty investment into phish early on. Does that mean they lack talent and cheated their way to the top?

fluff June 24, 2013, 11:39:06

nice fluff piece on an average band. this website is better than this

The Clapper June 24, 2013, 12:04:01

The biggest insult in this article is the editor. Why does there need be an heir to the throne? It’s a bit premature to think that you can decide whose next in line because you saw one great show by these guys. I’ve just listened to these guys and there is really nothing ground breaking here. The Dead was ground breaking. Phish was ground breaking. Stating that these guys will be next just shows your lack of musical education. Phish never sounded like the Dead but they became the heir to the throne. A band that sounds like Phish might as well just write cover songs, they’d probably make more money. Oh and I will give them the fact that there vocals suck worse than Phish, so they got that going for them.

JahBra June 24, 2013, 12:09:40

Lyrically horrid. Vocally pitchy. Guitar solos emotionless. Keep trying boys it’s worth it in the long run or not.

no no no June 24, 2013, 12:10:22

The clapper got it right, this author doesn’t know the first thing about music obviously. Seriously this guy had the balls to say tony williams and scott ferber in the same sentence??? and yeah theyre vocals are worse then widespreads, the biscuits, phish, umphrey’s and cheese. So good luck jauntee, better hit the sheds:)

Patrick O'Shannahan June 24, 2013, 12:20:47

I really do not see all the hype over a band that STRUGGLES to play their own music. obviously this fucking pussy writer has not been to enough Jauntee shows.

Ryan Jennings June 24, 2013, 12:34:56

Ummm Last time i checked Tony Williams does not look like he has a pole up his ass when he plays drums.

Manley Pointer June 24, 2013, 17:59:51

Obviously I am not the only one that thinks they suck. I am not jealous of these talentless hacks at all. I don’t pretend to be a great musician and I havent played in a band in years. Somebody was right when they said they should just do covers of phish. They would make a great tribute band but I dont see qhere the talent is when all of your original songs are clearly rip offs of another band. They only go on tour because their parents pay for it. They only have their gear because their parents pay for it. They are even trying to follow in the footsteps of phish. I wouldnt be surprised if mommy and daddy paid this writer to do this review. Anybody can do what phish did because they already did it. Nothing new with these guys. I dont hate them out of jealousy, it just makes me sick that people like this fucktard writer idolize bullshit.

Humor me June 24, 2013, 18:42:15

Please list their songs and compare them to the phish/dead song they resemble and why. Just making false accusations out of spite is pretty pathetic. Also, their parents don’t pay for their tour, their tour pays for their tour. Your ignorance is glowing. If you don’t like the music thats fine, a lot of people don’t like the bands you like either. The whole money thing seems to be your main focus. Your a perfect example of a generation of young adults who don’t want to work hard for anything and then expect things to be handed to you. The Jauntee practices every day for hours on end. Good luck with your shitty attitude and outlook on life and music. Jauntee fans and friends are smiling and are happy to see success and hard work happen before their eyes :)

Internet Commenter June 24, 2013, 21:15:36

I love how The Jauntee lives in Manley Pointers head, rent free. He can’t escape from it. The jealousy and mommy/daddy issues oozing out of every post. The Jauntee are making their dreams come true through hard work and determination while this guy sits behind his computer with his life’s failures eating him alive. His only reprieve, bringing others down. Try as you might to get off their dick, I fear you are doomed, buddy.

Greg Pittz June 24, 2013, 21:53:28

All publicity is good publicity. These kids are busting their asses on the road trying to further their craft and bring joy to anybody willing to open their ears and dance along. Fishman tapped them to open for him in Worcester a couple months ago. If they were just a Phish rip-off, why in hell would that happen? Fishman also played Scott’s kit, and loved it. It was a great night. All in all, these kids write engaging music, take listeners on incredible journeys, and create music that has replay value. Honestly, who even cares if they sound like Phish? Old Trey is just a Pat Metheny rip-off, yet none of you are whining about that. Carry (me) on….

Manley Pointer June 24, 2013, 23:20:40

haha, some of you love that jauntee dick. Open your ears and listen to them. They just regurgitate garbage and they bust their asses doing it. Say what you want about me but it doesn’t mean I’m wrong. Your focus is on me when there are many others who say the same as me (as you can see) If I were John Fishman I would love scotts drumset too because they try to hard to be just like phish that I’m sure he felt like he was behind his own. It does matter that they try to sound like them because theyre nothing new. Phish did it so who gives a fuck about them.

Macaroni N. Sleaze June 25, 2013, 00:50:12

I have seen The Jauntee at least 10 times and I will tell you that I agree with mr. article writer 110%. When I’m on the road to see The Jauntee (whether it be 10 minutes or 4 hours) I get the same excited feeling in my gut as I do on the road to see Phish. Their originals are very unique, fun and super catchy (Flutterbye anyone?!) I have heard jams that, dare I say, rival some Phish 3.0. These guys are on point! Their covers are chosen perfectly and they make them their own. Niel Young’s “Old Man”, Cake!, Bowie’s “Fame” and their arrangement of Phish’s “Bug” is the coolest. Though I do believe they should stay away from their Phish and Dead covers for the sake of their own personality, though I do love them. Personally they are all very cool fellas. I don’t see how anyone could call them egotistical pricks. Tones is one of the most down to earth dudes you’ll meet. And yeah I’m totally sucking all their dick’s right now but ya know what? They earn that shit! Whether you like them or not you can’t deny their talent! To me, it doesn’t matter if they take the throne or not, Id go see them at the bar down the road or MSG just the same. But I believe in them and their music and I know great things are on the horizon.

Josh Heinrich June 25, 2013, 09:12:28

This article is hilarious! Tune into the Jauntee’s latest archive uploads for a good laugh. They really do surprise me with how bad they are!

Super Nintendo Chalmers June 25, 2013, 09:14:45

Everybody calm down. This band is fun. It is just music. This is an opinion piece. No need to get all pissy about it. The funny thing is every time you visit this site to complain about this article you don’t like jambands.com makes money off of you! Ha! Sucker!

bosphish June 25, 2013, 09:41:30

“all the while going in and out and around their own “Black Bart,” “Get Young,” and “I Am the Slime.”” Going to discredit the author immediately for not knowing “I am the Slime” is a zappa cover… he even mentions Zappa in the article… cmon, man.

Ria Diar Rhea June 25, 2013, 11:01:15

I feel bad for these boys. Livin life in the shadows…Walking in another mans shoes…Only eatin’ the leftovers…Only wearin’ hand-me-down’s…Tellin a story that’s already been told… Hopefully these boys find their own way. After all today is yesterdays tomorrow.. ps caton without a beard looks like 14 year old golem

A fan June 25, 2013, 14:29:26

I don’t see any band being the “heir” to Phish’s throne but these kids can jam. I saw their late night set at Camp Coldbrook this past weekend and was quite impressed. Would see again!

Real Talk June 25, 2013, 14:58:49

Ria Diar Rhea – hahahahahahaha. don’t lie to yourself The Clapper – tell me, how does one “write a cover song?”

will f June 25, 2013, 16:44:27

i went to both of the shows that these guys played in Wilmington in the last few months and was very impressed with both. cant wait to check out the calico room show again once they put it up on archive. the devils haircut jam was awesome. cant wait to go the shows after dicks. see you guys there
hopefully i have some incredible pizza t’s i can give you guys in Denver. come back to Wilmington soon. and you are always welcome for some free pizza at the shop.

will f June 25, 2013, 16:44:27

i went to both of the shows that these guys played in Wilmington in the last few months and was very impressed with both. cant wait to check out the calico room show again once they put it up on archive. the devils haircut jam was awesome. cant wait to go the shows after dicks. see you guys there
hopefully i have some incredible pizza t’s i can give you guys in Denver. come back to Wilmington soon. and you are always welcome for some free pizza at the shop.

Ethan Stauffer June 25, 2013, 18:21:33

Saw the Jauntee at The Blue and Gray in Gettysburg last winter and they completely blew me away. As a guitarist, writer and recent music school grad, I’m humbled by their knowledge of theory and ability to move through complex original songs. Flutterby is the shit, and although anybody who doesn’t think these guys are awesome has the right to say so, but you’re really only making yourself look bad. I don’t care if they sound like Phish, I love Phish, but they don’t, they just play a similar style of music. They’re a young band and they’re still definitely cutting their teeth and finding their sound, but I for one am absolutely enjoying the ride.

DPK June 25, 2013, 20:16:10

Thanks for the clicks.

Dan June 25, 2013, 21:26:23

I started listening to the Jauntee last year after a friend turned me on to them. Been following their shows on the archive ever since and have grown a fond appreciation for their music. They definitely satisfy my desire for exploratory, weird, and most importantly blissful, full band improv. This article is way premature, but I sure as hell am excited to see this band grow, more so than any other new band. Check them out on the archive and give them a shot. 17:00 min mark of the Fame from this show has been my recent go to: http://archive.org/details/jauntee2013-03-15.flac16

Dauphine June 25, 2013, 21:59:30

jaunts jaunts jaunts jaunts jaunts jaunts

Stinky Pete June 26, 2013, 01:15:33

I’m here for the gangbang

tela June 26, 2013, 13:41:05

all this bashing must mean they’re doing something right! rock on jaunts, can’t wait for those dicks after parties

Greg Pittz June 26, 2013, 13:47:38

If anybody wants to check out how talented these guys at Type II improv, creating fully composed pieces of bliss on-the-fly, check out this one-song set from last winter: http://archive.org/details/jauntee2013-02-04.flac16 You want to hear the 10 minutes of music from 30:00 – 40:00. Check that, and tell me these guys don’t have an amazing gift for creating lasting music.

yermomlovesthejauntee June 27, 2013, 01:09:16

All you motherfuckers are gonna pay. You are the ones who are the ball-lickers. They’re gonna fuck your mothers while you watch and cry like little bitches. Once they get to Colorado and find you shit-talking fucks who are making those comments, they’re gonna make you eat your shit, then shit out your shit, then eat their shit which is made up of your shit that they made you eat. Then all you motherfucks are next. Love, Mr. Murdering Man.

Jordan Lepeta June 29, 2013, 21:18:25

Yo my boy just said that Phish sounds like The Jauntee LOL ...he was also joking and then said they sucked

Josh C June 30, 2013, 05:28:46

I’m not one to be negative, but I really have to agree with a lot of people here. Bands like Moe., Umphreys McGee, widespread panic and string cheese made it as jam bands because their sound is original, their jams are unique and powerful. Sadly, I don’t see that in these guys. The jams are decent, but if they aren’t teasing a phish song, they’re mimmicking their jamming, especially caton. Even their summer tour banner looks phishy… I’m in no way bashing their musicianship, but if they ever plan to get out of bar band status they need to find their own sound or as another suggested, become a phish tribute band. After all, being a tribute band worked for DSO.

Unimpressed June 30, 2013, 06:42:23

Hey Mac n sleaze, if you try pulling Scott’s dick out of your mouth for a second you might just be able to hear how bad these 2-bit phish hacks are!

Unimpressed June 30, 2013, 07:28:56

Caught them in Worcester. Nothing new.

Carter Candlestick July 2, 2013, 17:10:02

Twiddle is better

Good Taste Is Timeless August 18, 2013, 14:31:47

to the “writer” of this “article” It’s Wiliams’ not William’s

ROD September 4, 2013, 13:09:21

Crazy how many people feel this way. I read this article about 20 minutes before seeing them in Breckenridge,co. It was a free show on a Tuesday. I was one of maybe 20 ppl there. Furthermore, they blew me awway. I ran into Scott a few times at phish and ended up going to see them in Denver. Next big thing people. Exciting.

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