Even if you think "prog" is a four-letter word, this adventurous trio will grab your ear with their deft guitar and bass leads, vintage tones, and infectious three-part harmonies.

When most musicians refer to “The King,” they’re talking about Presley. When Once and Future Band does, you can bet they’re talking about Crimson. But even if “prog” is a four-letter word to you, chances are O.A.F.B. can still work their way into your musical heart.

Their new EP, Brain, is steeped in timeless tones and styles, but the textures and arrangements are complex and anything but predictable. In the title track, frontman Joel Robinow’s dreamy, electric arpeggios interweave with old-school keyboard patches, and when the airtight, three-part vocal harmonies come floating in it’s easy to understand why some half-jokingly refer to the trio as Crosby, Stills & Yes.

There are moments in “Heavenly Bodies” when co-guitarist/bassist Eli Eckert’s transitions between dexterous 6-string leads and distorted rhythms recall his fretboard prowess in the band Drunk Horse, but his slow-burning bass grooves in “Destroy Me” also make a solid argument for more rock bands exploring lead-bass work. onceandfutureband.bandcamp.com

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Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Demonstrate a variety of drone guitar techniques and approaches.
  • Examine drone points of reference from an array of genres.
  • Learn how to use standard, drop D, and uncommon alternate tunings in drone contexts.

Playing a melody or solo with a “drone” means playing over just one note or, in some instances, one chord. Besides playing without any harmonic accompaniment, it is about as simple a concept as one can image, which also means the possibilities are endless. We’ll look at ways to use drones in a variety of contexts, from ancient to contemporary, blues to metal, traditional to experimental.

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