2 POST AND BEAM (subtle acoustic pop)
Hey Mitchell Rasor, after all that press in the Portland Press Herald, it’s time to put another band together. For those not paying attention back then, Rasor, with Codeine’s Chris Brokaw, released one of Maine’s best albums ever with Tricks of Trapping in 1998, under the name Snares and Kites. As he approaches 40, Rasor might be just the guy to harness the extreme potential evidenced by Cult Maze frontman Jay Lobley. The two of them play so many instruments, they probably don’t need anybody else, but how about a nice grounded drummer like Mike Dank, who has experience with the wonderfully warm Harpswell Sound, the adventurously jazzy Lars Vegas, and now the old-timey Poor Valley Salvation Society. He knows just how to make everyone else sound good.
3 THE KILGORETROUTS (speed-metal)
I’m not 100 percent sure he’s still in town, but Ben Trout, electric mandolinist extraordinaire and one-time member of Psychovsky and his own Trout, sure knows how to get aggro, and would be a perfect pairing with Jordan Krantz, the Portland punk legend who’s never met a band name containing “Gore” he didn’t like (remember the Gorehounds?). If the two did nothing other than thrash interpretations of Breakfast of Champions chapters, I’d be pretty happy.
4 THE BEATLE’SWINGS (Beatles cover band)
It’s no secret that Spencer Albee is something of a McCartney fan, and people could do worse than picking up As Fast As’s cover of his “Wonderful Christmastime” on iTunes, but he’s hardly the only Beatles fan around here. Former Frotus Caper drummer/current Lomax frontman Dave Ragsdale should really be on the drums, showing off his vast pop knowledge, and former WOW and current Molenes rhythm guy Andrew Russell would make for a fine bassist (making Albee Lennon, really). Who plays the role of George Harrison? How about Five Foot Ficus’s Sam Mitchell? There’s something about his brand of jam that seems kind of Zen.
5 THE FOUR WAVES (R&B/Motown)
Whatever happened to R&B acts with four guys singing and the music coming from some mystery location? Portland’s undercurrent of R&B love would be perfect for bringing this kind of thing back. I’d like to bring together Tony McNaboe, Ryan McCalmon (though he’s in Boston nowadays, I guess), Nigel Hall, and Rachel Griffin to get all of the soul singers in one place, crooning to beat the band. Hall, McCalmon, and McNaboe are no strangers, having collaborated on the recent “Angels on the Ground” single among other things, but imagine the heights they could hit backing the powerhouse pipes of young Ms. Griffin. Not to mention, it’s always good to have eye candy for both sexes.
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