Jive Coulis was bringing its classic rock sound to the West Coast in a biodiesel bus from Boulder, Colo., when the band members ran out of money in Ashland and stayed.
Jive Coulis' original songwriting, vintage clothes and in-your-face performances demonstrate the trio's passion for rock 'n' roll and performance art.
"We want to rage the faces off this planet," says drummer Collin Braley.
What: Jive Coulis, rock 'n' roll
When and where: 6 to 8 p.m. at Three Penny Mercantile, 101 E. Main St., and 9:30 p.m. at Paddy Brannan's Irish Pub, 23 S. Second St., Friday, Oct. 4
What exactly is Jive Coulis?
"It's just sass," says vocalist and guitarist Eric Leadbetter. "We have attitude. We definitely like to have fun. We take the music really seriously, but everything else is taken really lightly."
"Jive is just a cool word, like groove," says vocalist and bassist Jordan Mack, "and coulis is a French reduction sauce."
"That's the thing about jive, is it has negative connotations and positive," says Leadbetter.
Light and dark, good and bad are themes that pepper the band's music.
"I don't want to write a homogenized kind of music where everything is the same feeling because that's not how life works," says Leadbetter. "Sometimes there is the lightness and sometimes there is the darkness."
Mack and Leadbetter have been playing together since the two were in college in 2004. They met Braley at an open mic at Alex's Plaza Restaurant and Bar and brought him in when their previous drummer left.
"They invited me to play with them and it went really well," says Braley.
In addition to sharing a love for rock, funk and blues music, the three also worked at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area over the winter.
Mack and Leadbetter live in Hornbrook, Calif., and Braley lives in the Applegate. They perform regularly in the Rogue Valley but also play in Portland, Eugene, Bend and in Chico, Calif.
For the Tidings Cafe, Jive Coulis played an original song "Wits End." See the video at www.dailytidings.com/tidingscafe.
When asked about influences, the group threw out all the classic rock names an enthusiast in the genre would expect: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Leon Russell.
"All you have to do is come over to our house and see the record collection. It's huge," says Leadbetter.
"A lot of old-school stuff is what gets me off because nothing sounds like that anymore and everyone is trying to recreate that," says Leadbetter. "People are sometimes afraid to let in some new rock 'n' roll, but they will in 20 years."
Most of the songs are written by Leadbetter, with Mack and Braley working on new material, too.
Braley graduated with a degree in jazz studies, so he has a repertoire the group is just now starting to explore.
"Between the three of us, we can really do so much that we haven't even tapped into yet," says Leadbetter.
The group has two albums: "Jive Coulis," recorded in Colorado, and "Sauce," finished a year ago.
"I want to play for the rest of my life and I want people to have a record of me when I'm old and have gray hair," says Leadbetter. "That's what I really want is to make music that's timeless."
The trio will play two Ashland shows for First Friday, Oct. 4: 6 to 8 p.m. at Three Penny Mercantile, 101 E. Main St. — "Free PBR and wine all night, and no cover," says Leadbetter — and at 9:30 p.m. at Paddy Brannan's Irish Pub, 23 S. Second St.