On this episode of Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast, hosts Skunk Manhattan and Victor Ramos chat with Danceland, an Americana jam band based out of Toronto, Canada, and did they have a lot to talk about! The group recently released their debut album Pink Lem, out on all digital outlets as of this past July. Rooted in the timeless psychedelic Americana tradition, complete with storyteller songscapes, warm harmonies, lonesome pedal steel, stratospheric lead guitar passages and a touch of Eastern mysticism, the seven-track album was mixed by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Gregg Rubin (The Avett Brothers, Harry Connick, Ben Folds).
Welcome to the psyched out, sunny world of Danceland.
Founding singer-songwriter and guitarist, Joe Ferland, started playing music in the ’90s New York scene, mostly in rock and pop punk styles and earning a few record deals along the way. Eventually, the grind in the music industry led to burnout. However, music came back into his life after the unfortunate passing of his mother, when Ferland and his wife — co-writer and co-vocalist, Jale — created the audible escape of Danceland. Made up of Joe, Jale, and drummer Brad Park, the band operates with an open-door policy in terms of keyboard players and bassists. Initially, Danceland was conceived as ‘Cherry Garcia Band’, a project performing imaginative versions of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band tunes, but has evolved to be so much more. Tune in to the whole conversation above and make sure to follow the podcast (and your hosts) below!
About the podcasters
Skunk is a musician, primarily known as the frontman and guitarist for eclectic heavy-rock band A Good Rogering. Since moving to Austin in 2004, he has recorded and performed with a wide variety of bands and solo artists over a career spanning more than 20 years and has shared the stage with notable acts, such as Skid Row, Marty Friedman, Uli Jon Roth, George Lynch and Metal Church among others. Skunk not only works as a performing musician and recording artist, but also as a producer and music teacher. With two decades of insight into what it means to be a professional musician and a passion for not only music, but comedy and general chatter, Skunk was quick to jump at the opportunity to co-host a podcast with longtime friend, Victor Ramos.
A Texas native, Victor’s early musical influences are a mixture of classic rock albums played by his Vietnam vet father and a whole lot of ‘the Fab Four’ via his Beatles-loving mother. Sprinkle in some classic country and Motown, and you have a man that would say “¿que?” when other Tejanos would ask what his favorite cumbia was. After a stint in the Marines, Victor moved to Austin in 2000 and began working in the tech industry. He met Skunk in a Spanish class in 2005 and the two discovered a shared passion for not only beer, but music. After years of collectively attending concerts and talking music, the idea to start a podcast centering around such topics seemed like a logical endeavor.