|Uncle Shinbone was
active on the Central Coast of California throughout the 1990's. The
band began their journey as the brain-child of Kevin Dickey under
the working name, Agapanthus. With a handful of Dickey's original
pop songs the group managed to get a set list together, and was
playing to college students at San Luis Obispo's Cal Poly within a
few weeks of their inception. Sunny Day's Rain was recorded a
short 3 months after the band's meeting and became a local favorite
among students, fellow musicians and radio stations in the area.
Over the course of the next few years the band played every club,
bar and festival in sight, and opened up for several national acts
including Mathew Sweet, Widespread Panic and The Mother Hips. When
the band finally broke in the fall of 1995, they felt their
craftsmanship had grown significantly since they joined forces. They
decided to record one last album to document their accomplishments,
and with the help of veteran rockers, YES, they recorded
Slohemia, which captures their newfound musicianship and
twenty-something perspective on life.
Original members included, left to right above, Kevin Dickey (bass),
Esteban Chavez (keyboards), Mac Feller (vocals), Jesse Hiller
(drums) and Dan Burke (guitar).
Check out this rare live video
(34M). Here is an early music video (10M)
Uncle Shinbone's second album,
Slohemia, was recorded in the studio where the band Yes
recorded Keys to Ascension (1996). The keys to the
studio came to the band via Kevin Dickey who was engineering the
Yes sessions under recording legend Tom Fletcher. When the band
broke for the holidays, an offer was extended to Kevin and his
friends to use the facility as much as they wanted, and they took
full advantage of the opportunity. The material they recorded is a
telling encapsulation of early twenty-something angst. It explores
the frustration of growing up, troubled relationships and a yearning
to be free from the complexities of the world today. This rock and
roll CD is filled with angry vocals, screaming guitars, and
thundering rhythms. Dark, complicated, rich in tones and full of
fury, Slohemia showcase's the bands instrumental prowess and
creative production capabilities. A true rock masterpiece.
Sunny Day's Rain
This pop-rock album is full of life.
on Sunny Day's Rain are high energy and are guaranteed to make you
smile. Recorded a short three months after the band joined forces,
the material here sounds inspired and professional. Dickey, Burke
and Feller all contributed original material to this album, yet the
sound is cohesive and follows a style that is reminiscent of the
first months they played live together in San Luis Obispo.
Sunny Day's Rain received great response from students,
critics and the media, which catapulted the bands visibility from a
garage band to a major act on the Central Coast within a few months.
After a year and a half of supporting the album, the band redefined
their sound and recorded Slohemia as a testament to their
passion for music.
This album would not exist without the help of Dean Katari. Dean
recorded and mixed this CD on an old Tascam 8 track with two
microphones and one multi-processor. An eternity of thanks goes out