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Ol’ Factory churning out tunes

Peterborough: musicians pool talents in new funk rock band

  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.
  • A group of local musicians come together to stave off the slow winter music scene, and come out with a new band.

The wintertime isn’t the most exciting time for local bands, it’s the summer, when a plethora of local festivals and outdoor venues make it the premiere touring season. Winter, on the other hand, is a slow time for most musicians. For a group of five local artists, the slow season was the impetus for the birth of a new musical group.

Peterborough residents Jt Lawrence, Mike Chadinha, Shea Vaccaro, Nick Heys and Dave Taylor all know the local music scene. They’ve each done stints with other bands that have made a niche for themselves in the Monadnock area — Hot Day at the Zoo, Roots of Creation, DT Jug Band and Hi Fidelity Soundsystem. But despite all knowing each other and living locally, the five had never played together. That was, until their bands slowed down for the cold season in winter 2012, and the group decided to come together to play a little. It wasn’t too long before they realized they liked the sound they generated and the music they were creating.

On Friday, the group that calls itself Ol’ Factory will be performing some new, original singles and a mix of cover songs in a performance at Harlow’s Pub in Peterborough at 9 p.m.

“We all played in different band. We really just got together to kill some time, and to have this band as a local alternative,” said Lawrence, who plays lead guitar and provides vocals. “But we realized, we were having a lot of fun.”

“It feels like something that should have happened a long time ago,” agreed Chadinha, who plays the drums.

The group, which originally started with Lawrence, Chadinha, Heys and Taylor, picked up vocalist and guitarist Vaccaro when he asked them to play backup for him in a solo show. “He killed it, so we said, ‘We’ll keep Shea,’” said Lawrence jokingly.

That’s when the group really became a serious endeavor, band members said, and started to come up with some original tunes and rework some of Vaccaro’s existing originals. Previously, the band had been mainly playing songs by the band “The Meters,” a New Orleans Funk group.

A lot of that early influence stayed with them, said Chadinha, and the group still has heavy leanings towards a New Orleans Funk sound, although Vaccaro’s rock roots shine through as well. And while their own original content is still being generated, the band plays a lot of covers, too, said Chadinha, borrowing the best from the Little Feat, Meters, the Beatles, The Band and Bob Dylan, which makes for an eclectic mix of music.

“There are so many good songs in the world, it’s hard not to want to play them,” admitted Taylor ruefully.

“If you took every kind of music and boiled it into a drink, we’d be the lawyer for the company that produces that drink,” added Chadinha with a grin.

But the goal of the group isn’t to be a cover band, said Lawrence. The group is constantly writing music with hopes of gathering enough material to come out with a full-length album. The group just finished recording a three-song album of original material, with two songs written by Vaccaro and the other a group original.

Heys said the original stuff created by the band has come together much more organically than in other groups he’s participated in. “It feels much more like an original project,” he said. “And more like we’re playing our music. It’s not a chore.”

A lot of vintage sound equipment was employed in the making of the three-song album to give it an old sound, said Lawrence. The album was made simply, done live in Lawrence’s apartment with a few mics set up to catch the sound.

Even the drums Chadinha used for the band’s recent recording were carefully chosen to produce a certain flavor, Chadinha said. He excavated the drum set from a friend’s basement. The set was a mix of kick drums and toms, and the cymbal was cracked down the middle. It produced the exact sound he was looking for.

Ol’ Factory will play Friday at Harlow’s Pub at 9 p.m. The show is for ages 21 and up, and has an $8 cover charge. The group will be appearing at Harlow’s again on Nov. 1, playing the entire repertoire from the The Band concert “The Last Waltz,” which was made into a documentary film of the same name by Martin Scorsese. For more information, visit Ol’ Factory’s facebook page, or email olfactorybooking@gmail.com.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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