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What’s that sound: Flowmotion: ‘Vintage new rock’

Fresh off a string of Northwest shows, Seattle-based Flowmotion, made up of Josh Clauson, guitar and vocals; RL Heyer, guitar and vocals; Bob Rees, percussion, keys and vocals; Eric Bryson, bass; and Scott Goodwin, drums; are returning to Nevada

County to celebrate the release of their fourth studio album, “Ghost Pepper,” produced by Grammy Award-winning Scott Colburn.

“I fell in love with the place,” Rees reminisced of touring in Nevada City. “The community always welcomes us here.”

Flowmotion shines with a sense of community and an obvious love of music. They’re the mastermind behind Summer Meltdown, Darrington, Washington’s annual summer music festival; what began as a party to feature the band has since become a multi-day event and a welcoming forum for fellow musicians.

“From the time I started playing music, 15 or 16 years old, I was throwing parties,” Clauson explained, “where we could hang out and enjoy the music.”

“It has grown as we’ve grown.”

The festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary in August. Attendance has leaped from 150 to 3,000 people, and the venue enlarged from a field to an amphitheater.

The grassroots operation focuses on sustainability, using recycled biodiesel as an energy source.

“There wasn’t really anything like that going on up here,” Rees said of the festival. “We wanted to feature Northwest acts or West coast acts. Each year it became more successful.”

It’s become a give and take – bands playing at Summer Meltdown will invite Flowmotion to open for them at shows.

“We’re a group that tries real hard to do good things for our community,” Clauson said.

A couple years back, Flowmotion played for inmates at New Folsom Prison.

“We went in there absolutely clueless about what to expect,” said Clauson. “It was phenomenal.”

“It was quite a beautiful experience,” he continued, “having hope and helping each other along.”

“Everyone takes it for granted that they can go see music whenever they want, they can dance. You don’t know what it’s like to be in there until you’re in there.”

Ghost Pepper

“This is a natural progression of where the band is, a little more cohesive, a newer sound,” Rees said of the album, whose funk-rock tracks burst with pop and reggae influences.

“This time around we’ve matured and stepped into a style of music that we confidently approached. We’re on the cutting edge of something new but that is very familiar to everyone,” Clauson said.

Self-described as a “classic, vintage, new rock sound,” and “funk people can dance to,” listeners can expect “a new and improved sound” from Flowmotion.

“If you like music you can dig Flowmotion,” said Clauson.

The all-ages performance will be a KVMR Community Radio live remote broadcast, beginning at 9 p.m. on KVMR FM 89.5 and 105.1 Lake Tahoe.

Stream “Ghost Pepper” at flowmotion.bandcamp.com.

To contact Content Manager Angela Diaz, e-mail entertainment@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4203.

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