Out Of System Transfer - new-neo-oldtime
Jon Good - trombone & vocals, Jesse Sternberg - acoustic guitar, vocals & song-writer, Danielle Kolker - ukulele, clarinet & backup vocals, Jesse Jacobsen - Bass guitar & lead guitar and Eric Dryburgh - Drums - together make Out Of System Transfer!
As a band coming from a new collaboration with Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen - at its most grandiose and ambitious - a music collective, production house, DIY digital record label, and party throwing organization. I asked the group to describe their music in few words. "We use the phrase 'New Neo - Old time' as a common way to describe our style, broken down by Old-time music having its revival in the 70's. With reference to bands like Holy Modal Rounders, and David Peel from the psychedelic rock era, would be called Neo Old-time, and we're a revamping of that. So fundamentally a revamping of a revamping."
Although they consider themselves "New Neo-Oldtime," the band unites with an array of musical influences from the Anti-folk and the Folk-punk scenes. But at its purest, the band blends as a politically motivated group, joining riots and protests, and showing support to causes like feminism, and making it a point as true folk artists, to play for a purpose.
Each member has a unique background, starting with Jesse Sternberg, the founding member. So let's start by meeting the bandmates and we'll end with a song they wrote called 'I Shot President McKinley,' a song that truly represents the band and its energy.
Jesse Sternberg started off with piano as his first instrument, then transferred to the guitar at 14. His says, "like most young teenagers, I found solace in the punk-rock and SKA scene, then later upon discovering weed, I mellowed out and started developing more musical tastes."
Connecticut born Jon Good says, "I was a 13-year-old loser who desperately wanted to rock, but I only played the trumpet." Fortunately for him, ska music was getting popular opening the platform for him to get "little Hannah to hold my hand." In this band, John plays trombone, showing that he is a prolific double musician, but prefers the trumpet.
Danielle Kolker's parents started her off with a guitar after they had enough of her playing on theirs. Despite growing up heavily influenced by folk music, specifically by Pete Seeger (who was her Mom's guitar teacher!), she became an earnest classical clarinet player in her early teens, studying in the Manhattan School of Music. Feeling alienated in that atmosphere, she found comfort, creatively, and personally in Punk Rock. No longer feeling restrained by "society's expectations," Danielle went on to pick up the ukulele which she now plays in the band, in addition to the clarinet.
Jesse Jacobsen, also stared with piano lessons as a kid, but found himself more comfortable with the guitar. Although he plays the bass in this group, he is and still considers himself a guitarist. Through his continued development, it was in college that he recalls felling more like a bassist, no longer playing it for its similarity in the guitar. We didn't talk about his musical preferences, but his bandmates noted that he credited for driving the group rhythmically, in specific when drums are missing.
Eric Dryburgh, the bands drummer, was not present for the interview nor will be for their FLBL performance. Eric is a New Jersey-born drummer influenced by the SKA and Punk rock scenes and credited with the bands driving rhythms.
Article by Avi Werde - Photo by Ruvi Leider Photography