Print August 5, 2013

Trichome Ends Their Eight Year Run

by Jed Murphy

Trichome 3For a band named after weed, Trichome had a pretty amazing run. What started as a reggae band, evolved into a multi-faceted disco funk outfit experimenting with jazz and electro for audiences across the country. Now, after almost six years of their current line up, they guys are ready to hang up the instruments. Well, some of them.

Sitting down with drummer Matt Schooley, the BandWagon learns that the philosophy of embracing change has taken them to the end of their journey together.

After their final shows at the Aggie in Fort Collins on August 16th and at the Moxi Theater in Greeley on August 30th, the curtains will close on the band one final time, but this does not mean it’s the end.
“I wouldn’t say it’s so much a break up as much as it is an indefinite hiatus. Calling it a permanent goodbye is bit brash. I think a lot of us are in different places with our lives. Some of us want to try new things.”

This was not a matter that came easily to the band. In an official statement put out on the band’s Facebook page, the band had this to say, “It has been an incredible journey thus far. We have gotten to play beautiful venues with musicians we respect and admire; we have done things as a band we could not have even dreamed when we first started.”

The journey for Trichome has taken them from humble beginnings as a self-described college keg band in Greeley, Colorado, to extensive tours across the country and a headlining set at the Mishawaka Theater in Fort Collins.

Founded by singer Evan Daldegan and lead guitarist Matt Newhard, the two began a band as a means to simply have fun and play music live. Things gradually got more serious and then when Schooley joined the band in 2008, his musical expertise allowed the band to take the next step. Described as the composer of Trichome by singer Evan Daldegan, Schooley became the glue that held their sound in place no matter what style they chose to play in.

The key to Trichome’s longevity was their ability to innovate their sound and recognize the need to make changes when it was necessary. “We were a reggae band for a long time but I think we hit a wall,” said Schooley. “The main point of it all was to get people moving. We started with reggae and it was great and we saw people move a certain way. We wanted to get people jumping and getting down. Dance funky music was what it came out to being.” When they broke away from their reggae roots, it energized the band and gave them new focus. This new sound carried the band into further success getting them highly coveted spots are high profile music festivals such as Wakarusa and a spot at Summer Camp in Illinois three years in a row.
“It’s been a hell of a ride,” said Schooley when asked what he wanted to say to the fans of Trichome. “I’m glad people were there for it. It was the experience of a lifetime.”

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