Strange Vine's earthy, energetic music is a fusion of blues, psychedelic, and traditional American rock. It's a sound born of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, from two men who were raised there. Ian Blesse plays drums and Rhodes piano (simultaneously), while Toby Cordova fleshes out the songs with a rotating arsenal of guitars (including one made from a cigar box). Both contribute vocals toward a rich, layered sound that's greater than the sum of its parts.
In just a few year's time, Strange Vine has shared the stage with acts like Cage The Elephant, Band Of Skulls, The Growlers, Delta Spirit, Lord Huron, B.B. King, Robin Trower, Kurt Vile, Wild Belle, FUZZ, White Denim, Pokey LaFarge, Meat Puppets, Reignwolf, JEFF The Brotherhood.......
"Moving from bluesy riffs, sudden tempo shifts, White Stripes-esque guitar stabs and runs, on through lurching classic rock headbanging material and even stopping for a waltzing piano solo. It‘s compelling stuff, delivered at the sure hands of very talented musicians." ~Weekly Volcano
"They aren’t just the best band to come out of Fresno, Calif.; they are contenders for underground cult status. Strange Vine has mastered an oddly menacing mix of abstract rock with blues undertones, and listeners could lose themselves in the band’s combined vocal talent." ~Eugene Weekly
"Descending from the Sierra Nevada mountains and now repping Fresno hard as granite, the blistering blues duo Strange Vine arent just lighting the central valley up with their stomping sound, the band is exploding right now after a national tour that has brought them widespread attention. Think the Black Keys if they were willing to get a little mud on their boot, or Jack White under a heavy flannel and barking at the moon. Strange Vine is the combination of Ian Blesse on drums and Rhodes piano, and guitarist Toby Cordova, armed with finger slides and cigar box six strings. Individually, each would be a powerhouse unto himself, but together, Strange Vine is an all out rollicking, crowd-pleasing force of nature.
Originally bonding over an obsession about obscure blues music, the two spared no time in building up an impressive array of heavy and swampy arrangements that harken back to simpler times, while gathering some trippy psychedelic elements into their largely organic Americana rock and Delta approved blues. This combination of inspired ingredients transforms Strange Vines analogue sound into something fresh and vibrant in its electric fury.
Even so, with all of this racous music theres still the fact that youve got to get people to hear it. Not a problem for Strange Vine, who have spent the better part of the past two years on the road, gear packed tight in a single car, and traversing up and down the west coast, over the plains, to Nashville and beyond. Sharing the stage with legends like BB King and contemporaries like Kurt Vile, Strange Vine are only adding to their unstoppable momentum and leaving in their wake an equally obsessed fan base. While the we wait for an official release from Strange Vine, they make their Noise Pop headlining debut and return to the Bottom of the Hill for a truly massive night."
~Charles Swanson, NOISE POP FESTIVAL