Acorn Project, up and coming and always on the brink, is focused on establishing themselves as a national touring act while continuing to spawn a forward thinking and conscious movement amongst the community in their wake. With a fervent fanbase in major U.S. markets like Seattle, Portland, Denver and San Francisco, Acorn continues to grow into a mighty oak from deeply seeded roots.
Acorn Project was born out of basement jam sessions in 2004 when Sam Lax (saxophone/percussion/producer) and Andy Pritiken (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) met in college while studying at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. They worked fiercely and tirelessly to define their sound locally as a quartet for nearly three years before releasing their first EP Odd His Sleepy Soar in 2006.
Two years later, boasting a robust, polished sound, Acorn Project – now a sextet - released their first full-length album, We’ll Be Fine in 2008 to a series of favorable reviews. We’ll Be Fine took home Bellingham’s prestigious album of the year award in the What’s Up Awards and charted at #5 on jambands.com and #4 on CMJ, making Acorn Project the new electro-funk band on every critic’s radar.
Acorn Project released their sophomore effort, Generation Debt, in 2010, which debuted at #1 on Relix Magazinge and jambands.com national radio chart index, taking home their second album of the year award and continuing their critical acclaim.
In the past several years Acorn Project have appeared live at numerous music festivals including Earthdance (CA), Sonic Bloom (CO), String Cheese Incident @ Horning’s Hideout (OR), Summer Meltdown Festival (WA), Telus Live @ Whistler (BC), Seattle Hempfest, and Eugene Celebration amongst many others including their own successful annual festival productions WONK and UMF at home. And the band has shared billing with names including String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, STS9, EOTO, Papadosio, Kyle Hollingsworth, Juno What, David Grisman, JGB and Sam Bush.
“Acorn Project, who conjures up the appealing marriage of mid-period Pink Floyd, early Radiohead, and the blues-jazz-dub whap of Morphine… cuts a broad cloth that could fit classic rockers, jam fans, electro freaks and jazz heads with taste for prog. Often mélanges of this kind come out mushy and indistinct, too many ingredients dulling the sharpness of individual elements, but Acorn’s production and arrangement savvy keep things bright and together throughout. A hard touring bunch… unlike many road dogs, they clearly know their way around a studio, too.” Dennis Cook – Jambase (Editor)
- October 20th, 2010
The eclectic and distinct sound that Acorn Project produces is favorably captured on Shift, the band’s 4th full-length studio album. The new utilization of a tasteful balance of produced beats, audio samples and unique synthesizer tones emphasize their growing love for live electronica music. Throw in a little pop flare with production savvy, and the result is an outstanding collection of material showcasing what Acorn Project has become in Shift.
With very few musical boundaries, Acorn Project takes their audience on a unique journey each night. Seamlessly blending deep electro-funk grooves, psychedelic rock, signature soundscapes, and electronic dance music translates to a very unique live experience, one that is filled with the passion brought to the stage at every Acorn performance. That passion is contagious, resulting in the regularly packed houses for this jamtronica act and a high demand tour schedule.
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