Thank God For Science is an instrumental band comprised of many characters. All of whom contribute genuine musical gumption to help shape and shift a collection of compositions into accessible listening. Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T, Jeffrey Foucault, Tweed River Music Festival) penned the first two volumes while settling into Fatherhood after a long run of touring throughout the world as a bassist for hire. On keyboards: James Rohr and on guitar: Mike Castellana. Both from one of the most well respected groups in Boston, The Blue Ribbons. On drums, the great Peter MacLean (Township, Maceo Parker). A drummer who can easily induce a meditation on “pocket” and foundation after a mere 8 bars. Laurence Scudder (Spotted Tiger, Ryan Montblau) adds his blend of natural and effected Viola while Barry Rothman (Radio Swan, Kosher Ham) spins records on vintage turntables via effect pedals to create an atmosphere that is wholly unique.
“Volume One” is set for independent release on May 24th, 2016. Produced by Marc Pinansky (Township, Bored Of Health) and engineered by Dave Westner (Peter Wolf, Wooly Mammoth Sound), Thank God For Science recorded the album at Armory Sound in Somerville, MA in March of 2015. Since then, horns, woodwinds and spoken word have been overdubbed to finish assembly on a rare take of musical genre and song architecture. The band will tour supporting the release for the foreseeable future while setting the stage for “Volume Two”. Tour dates and all information are available at jeremymosescurtis.com/science.
Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player, a fly-fisherman, and a beer drinker. He watches more than he talks, the guy at the end of the bar nursing a drink while the afternoon light angles in, letting the conversation pile up around him like snowfall. He grew up in New Hampshire, outside of town in a cabin built by his parents. His father was a drummer who held down a regular country gig, and nights after work he would loosen his tie and show his son the finer points of Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones. In New Hampshire they drove around in trucks, and Prine and Dylan cassettes showed up in most of those trucks. Zak made Eagle Scout, got his knots down. Then it was college and out, wandering the country from the desert Southwest to Great Plains until he ran out of money, washing windows to work up the bus fare home. After a while it seemed like he ought to write some songs, and he did: heavy songs with a light touch; an AM radio throwback voice and an intricate finger-style technique framed by a drummer’s rhythm and sharpened by years of immersion in the work of players as various as John Fahey, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins. In over a decade writing, recording, and performing music professionally - sharing studios and stages with his band Rusty Belle, or supporting touring acts like Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey - Zak Trojano has evolved his own thing: a warm baritone paired with an old Martin guitar, floating above spare lines of cello and lap steel, horns and brushes, with a deceptively simple lyricism that on repeated listening shows that the fellow at the end of the bar doesn’t say much, but he’s worth hearing.