Organik Time Machine has been off the Southern Oregon grid for the past year — its busiest yet — while the electronic rock fusion band was on its first national tour, which included performances at noteworthy venues such as The Delancey in New York City, the Red Square in Albany, N.Y., and The Wonder Bar Nightclub in Boston.
Even after the tour ended, the band didn't slack off. It spent the summer recording its third studio album and playing festivals up and down the West Coast, reeling in new fans along the way. The band's nearly 3,000 "likes" on Facebook are a testament to its growing popularity.
Home for the holidays, OTM members — drummer Jessie Ostreicher, keyboardist Cory Harrell, vocalist and bassist Veronica DeWitt and guitarist Matt Grubb — will play at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Club 66, 1951 Ashland St., Ashland.
Who: Organik Time Machine
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
Where: Club 66, 1951 Ashland St., Ashland
Ostreicher says Club 66 is one of the few local venues that can accommodate all the instruments and electronic equipment the band requires for its shows.
Drawing from rock, funk and other genres, the band combines live instrumentation and improvisation with electronic grooves that it creates using loops, synthesizers and prerecorded samples and sequences. The product could be described as either modern or Pink Floyd-style psychedelic music, Ostreicher says.
The band's new album, "Until the Morning Sun," released Sept. 12, features nine original songs with positive lyrics by DeWitt and innovative arrangements by all the band members.
"We feel it's some of our best work put out to date," Ostreicher says. "All of our experience came out on this album as far as our sound and our songwriting, and it really showcased everything we do as a band and all the genres we touch on."
One of Ostreicher's personal favorites, "Big Night on Earth," begins with the band accompanying a sequencer and then taking back the sound for a funky finale.
The upcoming Ashland show will feature songs dating back to the band's formation in 2007, as well as songs from the new album and even newer songs, such as "Make Believe," an upbeat pop song the band premiered last week.
DJ G-Rad will open the show, and DJ Nowa will close it. The cover is $5. Call 541-450-2656.