The Yardbirds with Comanchero
By now, everyone knows the Yardbirds legend, if not their music; the band graduated three of the great Ph.D.s of rock guitar: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. They created hard rock out of standard twelve-bar blues, doubling the tempos and whacking the amps up to ten. On the British club scene, the Yardbirds, the Animals, and the Rolling Stones ruled the stages. The Yardbirds expanded the range of the electric guitar, experimenting with feedback, sustain, and fuzztone. They also coined and popularized the rave-up, a kind of free-for-all where you jam long and hard, not as soloists, but in a tandem, until you reach an epiphany about 10 or 20 or 30 minutes later, a shuddering climax of decibels and pure energy, and thenóback into the song for one more boom-boom chorus. The Yardbirds were the bridge between the tributary white R&B of early-sixties London and the pastures of fuzz-toned psychedelia and power-chorded heavy metal plowed much later in the decade and throughout the seventies. Yes, the Yardbirds laid the groundwork for Rock Guitar As We Know It.
Comancheroís songs that weave influences ranging from The Allman Brothers, The Band, Little Feat, & Led Zeppelin, to today's contemporaries such as Wilco, The Drive -By Truckers, & Mumford & Sons.
Having played hundreds of shows together, Comanchero travels far and wide from Maine to Florida, and from Nashville to Colorado, all while making Boston their home. From clubs, theaters, pavilions, to colleges & universities, the band continues to push the boundaries of their live performances and consistently shares the stage with nationally touring artists such as ZZ Top, Southern Culture on the Skids, Cowboy Mouth, Passion Pit, The Mother Truckers, The Code Talkers, The David Wax Museum, and Girls, Guns, and Glory.
The stage energy, combined with carefully crafted songs and precise execution distinguish Comanchero as one of the rising Americana & jam-influenced bands on the East Coast. The bandís sound is edgy, tangible, eclectic, and totally danceable. As Jane Lindholm, Director and Associate Producer at National Public Radio observed: "Alt-Country Folk Rock melodies combine with great hooks and catchy lyrics to create a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience."