Twiddle, a Vermont based quartet, spins tall tales over an intricate soundscape of hi-def shred. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up jazz, classical, and bluegrass, but above all, masterfully blends reggae and funk. Obliterating laws of improvisation, their complex arrangements never fail to leave crowds lusting for more. With sage songwriting and unmatched variety, TwiddleÍs thrilling infancy will surely exceed all expectation.

After a spur-of-the-moment jam in the fall of 2004, the founding members of Twiddle immediately recognized chemistry, and by the second semester at Castleton State, Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey were already intertwining harmony and fantasy, birthing Twiddle staples like ïFrankenfooteÍ and ïGatsby the GreatÍ. Brook Jordan joined the band and Billy Comstock, TwiddleÍs original bassist, complemented these melodies with a densely layered and exciting funk rhythm. This young foursome had taken Castleton by storm, toured the northeast, and composed an impressive catalog of original tunes before becoming upperclassmen.

2007 manifested TwiddleÍs debut release, ïThe Natural Evolution of ConsciousnessÍ. This breakout album immediately showcased the bandÍs eclectic inspirations, imaginative lyrical abilities, and superb instrumentation. TwiddleÍs sophomore production, 2011Ís ïSomewhere on the Mountain,Í is a reflection of more introspective moods, offering message oriented, uplifting songs. Anchored by the groupÍs new bass virtuoso Zdenek Gubb, this album delves into the human spirit, speaking to our ambition, grief, and love.

Twiddle is climbing the rows on festival billings (this is their second year at Vibes!) inspiring each other, and often dismantling preconceived notions of the jam band culture. Their live experience genuinely segues from bluegrass to electronica, melts jazz-fusion into rockabilly, and enhances reggae with funk. New fans should expect an immensely fun, and highly dynamic show. Tenured fans know to expect the unexpected. Welcome back guys!


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January 28, 2015