Cure for the Common: Musically always something different

2014-06-27T00:30:00Z 2014-06-27T07:05:09Z Cure for the Common: Musically always something differentBy JACI WEBB jwebb@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Fans can appreciate four guitar solos during 15-minute jams from Cure for the Common because the Bozeman funk band is just that tight.

Two Billings natives, guitarist Matt Rogers and vocalist Steve Brown, found their way into this super group over the last two years, helping it evolve even more. They’ve packed the Wilma Theater in Missoula and Bozeman’s Emerson Theater and have played a half-dozen times at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.’s Garage Pub, which has turned into one of their favorite venues. Cure for the Common return to the Garage Pub for a show Saturday night starting at 5 p.m. Rogers said they won’t run out of material.

“A lot of people are in the same mindset as we are, they’re looking for something different, something original,” Rogers said.

Even though he’s often the instigator of the four guitar solos in one song, Rogers likes to clarify one point — while they have some jam band stylings, their music is carefully crafted.

With two albums already out, Cure for the Common is working on a third album with plans to go into the Billings recording studio, Ship’s In, which is run by Steve’s father, Bob Brown, on Sunday to cut at least two new tracks. One of the new songs is the 15-minute marathon, “Big Brother,” filled with funky jams and mesmerizing percussion.

A band this innovative needs its own genre, and drummer Joe Sheehan has a doozy — electro thunder funk.

“Our strength is really creating something of a unique atmosphere that hasn’t been done before, using our very broad influences,” Sheehan said. “We combine that in a really engaging way.”

Originally founded in 2008 when band members were students at Montana State University, the original Cure for the Common included three current members — Sheehan, guitarist Weston Lewis, and bassist Jordan Rodenbiker. Since then they have brought in Garrett Rhinhard on keyboards and vocals, lighting designer Frank Douglas and producer Jess Barney.

Rogers said this is the hardest-working, most harmonious project he’s ever been involved in. That’s why he quit his day job teaching guitar and is focusing only on performing music.

“It’s very collective,” Rogers said. “Obviously, we’re like any other group of six guys. We have small disagreements, but we’re very like-minded. It comes back to the common goal.”

Fellow guitarist Lewis said it all comes down to attitude.

“It’s not the Weston Lewis band or the Steve Brown band; we all own the band and write music together. It’s like a family,” Lewis said.

They just got back from a tour of North and South Dakota, Idaho and Utah and plans are to perform shows across the Northwest and Midwest in the summer and fall.

Initially, they liked to don space suits, which makes sense when you listen to the lyrics on the title track of their “Laser Beretta” CD. Sheehan said he won’t rule out putting on the foil suits again, but they come out less and less these days.

“We put every ounce of energy and passion into playing our songs. Whatever we can do to make the audience have a good time, we’ll do,” Sheehan said.

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