Image by Ben Williams Mike Sivilli, Dan Lotti & Steven Sandifer of Dangermuffin (from left to right)
Fans 'get funky' to celebrate the musically accomplished trio's new studio album, Moonscapes, at The Music Farm on March 20th, 2010.
Playing acoustic and electric, funk-driven, reggae-swinging, organic Americana music, Dangermuffin’s CD release party of their latest album Moonscapes delivered it all. Dangermuffin has an ability to send chills down the listener’s spine spine due to lead singer Dan Lotti’s meaningful and powerful lyrics. And when you think you have heard it all; this band’s interpretations of The Grateful Dead’s Scarlet Begonias and Seal’s Crazy is note worthy and pure fun.
Strolling in to The Farm and humbled by the huge turn out, Dangermuffin was beginning their first set and everyone in sight was “getting-down” and celebrating the accomplished and talented musical-trio’s third studio album release in three years. Dan Lotti’s soulful, authentic and unrivaled tonality, not only shows his passion and self-driven motivation for becoming more than just a local musical act, but a desire to harness and release his pure talent to the listener. Percussionist Steven Sandifer and electric guitar player Mike Sivilli each play an equal part with Lotti in making this band standout from many other musical acts in the same genre.
Dangermuffin's subtle and methodical incorporation of the new album into their past favorites and catalog, did not flood and overwhelm the listener's ears. Letting old fans and newer fans know which album was being played, the stage backdrop displayed each studio CD's artwork.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee - Moonscapes delivers a much newer and experimental sound. While attaining the twangy, reggae-like, organic-acoustic sound Dangermuffin is known and loved for, the new album brings in a - 2001 String Cheese Incident - funky/jazz-like feeling that encompasses what music is all about; freedom and expression.
A highlight from the new album, Gutter Dance - does it all for me. A sweep-picking intro melting into a soulful/acoustic/electric-power driven chord progression and backed by rock-style percussion provides evidence of this band’s evolution to something much more than just the typical beach band.
The final track, Coffin Island, displays just how much depth Lotti’s lyrics possess. As quoted in Charleston City Paper, “There's one song at the end of the album called 'Coffin Island' [featuring harmonies from singer Shannon Whitworth], which was the old nickname for Folly Beach in the 1700s, back when ships would come into the harbor," says Lotti. "It was like a leper colony. Before they docked downtown, they'd drop the really sick and dying passengers off on Folly and leave 'em there to die, basically."
With more success on the horizon, doors flying-open, and an upcoming tour schedule around the US (appearing at this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival), Dangermuffin is on the path for a moon-shattering year.
In the words of George McConnell, “Dangermuffin, Dangermuffin, Dangermuffin! My new favorite band!” (former lead-guitarist of Widespread Panic)