Featherburn plays accordion-powered romp-rock full of groove, grit and rhapsody. Dynamic, quirky and theatrical, the band weaves folk, punk, eastern Europe and rock into volcanic song forms with shouts of moxy, soaring vocals and stereophonic harmony. Its message is one of cosmic reverence and fun – a deep, playful wake-up call to marvel and wonder.
Danny Elfman, Tori Amos and Andy Kaufman walk into a bar. “I can’t believe you actually came,” says the bartender, “Meet Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, seems they’ve been waiting for you.” Colin Meloy comes out of the bathroom, sees the performers all taking off their coats and getting comfortable, calls the Decemberists over and chuckles as he shakes hands with the bartender who immediately brings everyone a Yuengling Lager and says, “I guess this round’s on me, folks. You win, Colin. I thought nobody reads Craigslist ads.”
Milo/John Milosich (accordion/guitar/voice), Tim Jenkins (drums), Tom Doorly (bass) and James Munster (guitar) connected online in October of 2015 to begin forming Featherburn. The Pottsvillian rhythm section of Jenkins and Doorly play with brotherly synchronization and two lifetimes worth of rock music in their blood and bones – the past 10 years spent playing side by side up and down the east coast. Munster earned his BA in music playing saxophone at Kutztown University and his honorary MA in progressive rock guitar by way of a 25-year career in Schuylkill area live acts. Paris has been singing for 25 years in collaborative projects and solo avant garde performance art explorations – from Savannah, GA to PA to India and beyond. Milo spent a decade creating interdisciplinary theater in Washington, DC, studied contemporary performance at Naropa University in Colorado where Jack Kerouac’s School of Disembodied Poetics converged with Shambala Buddhism. He learned to play accordion to perform on the national tour of the play War Horse, and joined forces with the Lancaster, PA arts community in 2015.
Multi-instrumentalist Sam Franz joins Featherburn on bass, electric guitar, keyboard, and sometimes even foot percussion. Alex Katos plays glockenspiel, acoustic guitar and sundry percussive accoutrement, and sings harmony for the more acoustic version of the band, Featherburn “kit”. These individuals fill in and fill out the team when the time is right. Operating in duo, trio, quartet, quintet line-ups, the music changes – the fun remains.