After nearly 12 years as Flowmotion, Seattle-based quintet The True Spokes decided it was time to embrace its evolution and retire its former moniker.
"Our sound changed from what it had been, and there was only one original member of Flowmotion, Josh (Clauson), left," says guitarist and vocalist RL Heyer. "We just wanted to make a fresh start."
Who: The True Spokes
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
Where: Applegate River Lodge, 15100 Highway 238, Applegate
As The True Spokes, the band — Clauson, Heyer, bassist Eric Bryson, drummer Scott Goodwin and keyboardist and percussionist Bob Rees — plays cohesive, vintage rock with elements of country and Americana and only a hint of Flowmotion's signature funk.
"We hail from '60s and '70s rock, which is really the heyday of when songwriting and musicianship were at the forefront, before music turned into an image thing," Heyer says.
The band averages about 50 to 100 shows a year between San Diego and Alaska and as far east as Montana and, this spring, received airtime on more than 120 radio stations nationwide.
The True Spokes will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Applegate River Lodge, 15100 Highway 238, Applegate. Cover to the show is $10. Call 541-761-9394.
In February, the band released its self-titled debut, recorded from producer Tim Bluhm's San Francisco studio.
"It really sounds like a record made in the late '70s," Heyer says. "We recorded everything to tape — reel-to-reel tape — and it added warmth. The sound sort of splatters on the tape. It's something you can't reproduce digitally."
Clauson, Heyer, Goodwin and Rees all contributed songs to the album, and Heyer and Clauson take turns singing lead.
The group also turned the feel-good opener, "Back Porch," into a music video, available at www.thetruespokes.com. The song is a band favorite and reminiscent of The Beatles and The Kinks, Heyer says.
The True Spokes will continue to host the Summer Meltdown Festival in Darrington, Wash. The annual music event began in 2000 as a glorified kegger.
"It cost $10 with a keg cup, and Flowmotion was playing," Heyer says.
This year, more than 5,000 people attended the three-day mountain festival that featured 40 bands. The event is the highlight of many people's year, Heyer says.