The Sheep Fiends are simply the best group of musicians that I know.
I feel truly blessed to have the ongoing opportunity to make so much music
with this entertaining bunch. I would describe The Sheep Fiends as an
attempt to recalibrate a balance and demonstrating a more social approach to
music. The Sheep Fiends, like Jackson Pollock or Neil Cassidy, bring a
sense of the immediate, transient and spontaneous subconscious into a
modern musical form.
I do not find it surprising that a band like The Sheep Fiends came from
Chicago. Chicago has a rich history of improvisation across jazz, blues,
live comedy like Second City,
and improvisational theatre like by
The Sheep Fiends project started just a few years before the internet, let
alone YouTube, became a thing. We live amongst the first generations where
the recording of music has even been possible and I appreciate having been
amongst the first to be able to explore the freedoms provided as technology
makes it easier to inexpensively record and share music.
Considering The Sheep Fiends improvisational approach to composition, one
might expect the resulting music to degenerate constantly into chaos, going
nowhere, destination zero. Yet it contiues to delights me when a great song
manifests from the nowhere aether. I believe The Sheep Fiends are unique
with an approach fusing an improvisational spirit with contemporary and popular
music. We do not rehearse our songs and we only play them once. If anything,
that is our hook.
Because many musicians have been involved with The Sheep Fiends over several
decades, there is a wide variety of genres always being explored, though I
notice an increasing gravitation towards a more progressive rock sound. The
Sheep Fiends Fiends explore a wide range of emotion, both light and dark.
Music being the cathartic expressions reflecting immediate dreams, joys,
hopes, concerns, worries and despair.
Influences of mention include: Jim O'Rourke, The Velvet Underground, early
Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Smiths, Black Sabbath, Radiohead,
Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Neil Young and Hawkwind.
The photo of me on this page was taken "On Stage" at the EMP Museum
in Seattle - kind of like playing Guitar Hero on steroids. So this is not a
photo of me playing with the Fiends, but I think it is fun.
Enjoy, and remember, feedback is your friend.