Speedbumps in concert at The Woods

October 19th, 2016 | SMWC

The Speedbumps
The Speedbumps

The Speedbumps will bring its folk-rock style to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) in concert 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Guerin Hall Theatre. The band, from Kent, Ohio, has a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals.

The Speedbumps received various awards and honors including Independent Music Award (IMA), American Songwriting Award (ASA) and American Music Award (AMA). The unique combination of vocals, guitar, banjo, keys, cello acoustic and electric bass, and percussion has been selected for PBS's Road Trip Nation and the feature film Molly's Girl.

Their latest album, “Soil to the Seed,” was recorded in a remote cabin in the woods of Pennsylvania, where the band lived together, writing songs and laying down tracks at all hours. The resulting recording reflects that total emersion. As with seminal house-based recordings like The Band’s “Music from Big Pink,” the songs have an effortless unity. The Speedbumps’ unique live shows include instruments like cello, banjo, glockenspiel, mandolin, ukulele, vibraslap and Wurlitzer.

Sponsored by the SMWC Student Activities Committee, the concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 812-535-5219 or email jmalloy(at)smwc.edu. For a taste of their music, visit the band’s website at http://www.thespeedbumps.com/music.