Photo by Matt Stensland
Jebus band members, from left, Kevin Williams, Ben Russell, Russell Funke, David Willis and Bob Gumbrecht are in the process of recording an album.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
If you go
Where: Ghost Ranch Saloon
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday
If you go
Where: The Boathouse Pub
When: 10 p.m. Jan. 30
Listen to music by local rock band Jebus at www.myspace.com/didvivknow.
Steamboat Springs After about five years of playing gigs, writing original songs and jamming together in Steamboat Springs bars, local rock band Jebus is making a permanent record of its sound.
The group went into Steve Boynton’s recording studio at First String Music for the first time in November and in the past week has been back at the task of recording its first album.
The finished product will have nine or 10 original songs, all pared down from their live incarnations. With several tracks that have been kicking around in Jebus’ live show for the past few years, the album touches on the band’s hard-rocking and more subdued sides. Jebus expects its first CD to be done in the next two to three months.
“The recording is pretty song-structured with the stuff we’ve been putting down, but our live show can stretch out,” bassist Bob Gumbrecht said.
Those stretched-out live versions of Jebus’ songs will be on display in a free show at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The band plays another free show at 10 p.m. Jan. 30 at The Boathouse Pub.
In its song selection, Jebus goes for a variety of styles, from “Steely Dan-esque” songs to tracks that showcase the blues, jazz and progressive rock backgrounds of the players, drummer Ben Russell said.
Jebus is David Willis on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Russell Funke on lead guitar; Kevin Williams on keyboards; Gumbrecht on bass; and Russell on drums.
The members of Jebus have been playing long enough that they can easily adapt live shows to fit the energy of the crowd and bring in opportunities to jam to keep things from getting stale, band members said.
“I think the foundation of this kind of band, the model has always been the Grateful Dead without sounding like the Grateful Dead,” Funke said.
That means letting each song lengthen and breathe and going through jam sections as it moves along.
“It’s a fantastically gratifying experience when it goes right, when you go off into groove land and everyone is on the same page,” Willis said. A solid improvised moment forms a connection with the rest of the band and with the crowd, he said.
Since stepping into Boynton’s studio, Jebus has refined its playing and practice style, an improvement band members expect to have an impact on their live set, Willis and Russell said.