Looking for the recipe for a dance party? Combine one part synthesizer, one part bass, fold in melodic guitar, and layer over a dance beat played on real drums. Add four well-seasoned musicians, and lasers.
That would also appear to be the recipe for local trance/fusion/jam band Space Camp, but anyone familiar with the group knows they’re not much for fitting a mold.
The band, made up of Taylor Smith (keys), John Hysell (bass), Clayton Suttle (drums), and Tim Yarbrough (guitar), offers an improvisational, synth-heavy style that is difficult to pin down. As a result, every song played live is a unique experience, and no two Space Camp shows are alike.
The band will be at George’s this Saturday, Jan. 12 with local DJ, Bizar, and they’ll also be performing at the Art Night Out closing party for the See The Light exhibition at Crystal Bridges on Jan. 24.
We got in touch with the group via email recently, and they answered a few questions for us.
What have you been listening to lately?
The New Deal, Pink Floyd, Zapp and Roger, Thievery Corporation, The Disco Biscuits, Phish
How long have you guys been playing together?
Just under a year.
Who came up with the name Space Camp?
A gathering of beings dancing to the same rhythm of one primordial intergalactic live artistic experience. Oh, and we all wanted to go to Space Camp as a kid. Ha!
What was the best show you saw in Fayetteville in 2012?
Umphrey’s Mcgee, Victor Wooten, Jimmy Herring Band, Conspirator
We noticed a couple tracks on your ReverbNation page. Do you guys have any more recorded material? How can folks get their hands on some?
We have live shows on our website, SoundCloud, and Bandcamp pages.