Catskill Chill TOTD: Broccoli Samurai – “White Ranger”
Broccoli Samurai continues to spread the joy of Ohio-based jamtronica around the country with appearances at numerous music festivals and indoor venues. Their “synth-laden, drum and bass influenced, progressive electronica” captures the essence of all things great about the jamtronica genre. Broccoli Samurai consists of Ryan “Bruce” Hodson on the keys and synth, Cameron Bickley as the master of the drums and percussion, Zachary Wolfe Nagi-Schehl leading the rhythm on the bass, and Michael Vincent exploring new sonic territory on the guitar. These guys definitely prove that Ohio grows some of the best jam bands!
“White Ranger” has a deconstructed psychedelic vibe that travels through the dimensions of the headspace. As the track progresses, the band gathers steam and picks up the pace into a playful, slightly distorted melody. The plucking of strings progressively turns into a dirty bass line.
“White Ranger” has a strong sense of the jam-band genre with nice touches of electronica. A guitar melody shines a light to guide the way while subtle synths make the track even more danceable. Collectively, the track reaches the brink of chaos — the best kind, which makes you dance your heart out! The track ends on a high note with listeners wanting more. Although we are not exactly sure of who the white ranger is, the track illustrates him as a helpful and enlightened entity here to teach others.
Broccoli Samurai will be joining Mike Gordon, George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, and many more at Catskill Chill Music Festival in Lakewood, PA on September 23-25. One of the defining characteristics of Catskill Chill is its unique setting. Hosted at New Minglewood, a private summer camp in Lakewood, the venue has cabins for rent, paved pathways throughout, a beautiful lakefront, covered stage facilities, free parking, and free camping.
Additional highlights of New Minglewood include indoor movie theaters, indoor and outdoor spaces for yoga, art, and wellness workshops, an easy-to-traverse campus, and “closer than ever” parking. While the “B Stage” and Club Chill will remain covered venues, this will mark the first year that the Chill will present an outdoor main stage for attendees to enjoy music in the open air, under the stars. The festival also offers a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly, and an open mic.