Fire, Blood, Water





The Living Blue may disregard being labeled "revivalists", but their musical conviction and old-fashioned perseverance sets them apart as accomplishing dreamers in the all-American tradition of rock & roll. The group is a male quad of fluent instrumentalists (Stephen Ucherchke, Joe Prokop, Mark Schroeder, Andrew Davidson) from Odell, Illinois, who in 1998 settled in Champaign-Urbana (home of Illinois University). Throughout their time together, Living Blue has been responsible for its own song-writing and has maintained their notion that if they "worked hard, and made music that was honest and passionate that everything else would just fall into place." With the release of their new album, Fire, Blood, Water, the group is looking forward to furthering the success that has so far included appearances on MTV and the soundtrack of the WB's One Tree Hill, as well as stage accompaniments with The Strokes, Iggy Pop and the New York Dolls. Fire is the third follow-up to Living in Blue (2004) and Everyday is A Sunday Evening (2002), and features a romp-n-stomp mix of classic rock with blues undertones. While attempting to build a following as The Blackouts throughout Champaign's live scene, the group's performances were known to be wild, all-black and un-apologetic. Since their name change, Living Blue has recently signed with indie label Minty Fresh, which has enabled them to not only further their visibility but to maintain the band's original vision for their music. "Greenthumb" from the new album presents a melancholy mood with Erin Fein (Headlights) on organ (a thrifty version of the '67 Vox Jaguar), while "State of Affairs", "Serrated Friend" and "Secrets" pulsate like a progressive rampage fueled with guitar blues. The group's influences include early '80s garage rock and punk – among the likes of Human League, Minutemen, The Cramps, The Kinks, Pretty Things, the Animals, Can, Warlocks, Gris Gris, Dead Meadow. Fire beats like the heart of a runner who's sweat-thrashed and on the brink, much like these early-stage supernovas from Champaign.

The Living Blue
Minty Fresh

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