>>>The guitar-less rock band Minus Six returns to the WQPT Brew Ha Ha on Saturday after performances at the event in 2008 and ‘09.
But after a yearlong break, the band has found an evolved sound and a new drummer.
Jamie Hopkins, currently in the Curtis Hawkins Band and formerly with the Andrew Landers Project, joined the group at midsummer.
“Although I’d never heard them, I understood the concept of a piano, bass, high-energy outfit because Andy Landers was that to some degree,” said Hopkins, who was set up with the band after being recommended by a club owner in his native Muscatine. “They were doing original music, and I’m very interested in the creation of something rather than just rehashing covers every weekend.”
The band started in 2003, then took a break from mid-2011 to mid-’12 while lead singer Kevin Carton taught in France.
“The sound has continually evolved since we started nine years ago. We still have the core Minus Six sound, but it’s a little more experimental as far as the song structure and the chordal structures go,” he said. “The subject material has also changed, from being what any freshman or sophomore in high school would be writing to what a college person or college grad would be writing about.”
Hopkins on drums has changed the band’s sound as well.
“Some of our new material is experimental, drawing from different rhythms, different Africana-like stuff,” sax player Matt Sivertsen said. “It really goes well toward the mesh of styles we’ve put together over the years.”
The band plans to return to a schedule of touring.
“We’re kind of working on a live album now from a show we had about a month, six weeks ago,” bass player Kameron Rummans said. “We’re working on getting that out, and hopefully with revenue from that and new shows, it’ll push us to a new studio album next year.”