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Ashland rock band 100 Watt Mind Photo by Al Case

100 Watt Mind celebrates a live album

Ashland rock band 100 Watt Mind — lead guitarist Skyler Squglio, vocalist Brynna Dean, bassist Jacob Rubanowitz, rhythm guitarist Nathan Hurlocker and drummer Robert Morris — will have a new, live CD to share with its music fans when the band performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Brickroom Gathering House, 35 N. Main St., Ashland.

The first 100 people through the door will receive the CD at no charge, and when those are gone, the cost will be $5. Cover for the show is $10.

"This is not our third album release," Squglio says. "I don't want it to be confused with a new album. It's a recording of one of our live performances. Called 'Live at Apple Jam 2015,' it's intended to give our fans something that represents our live sound, which is quite a bit different than our studio albums. Also we're more about getting the live recording into people's hands than making money."

The eight-song live CD includes longer, improvisational jams of works from the band's "Out of Night" (2013) and "Creatures" (2015) releases. There are three tracks on the live CD simply titled "Improv," and "Drew Baby" is a new song.

"Apple Jam is a completely different venue to play compared to the quick sets we perform as openers for other bands in clubs," Squglio says. "When we do short sets, we just get the songs out. It doesn't give us much time to stretch out, be creative and play rock jams."

The band calls its music garage rock — a mix of rock 'n' roll and punk rock.

"I think it stands out because it's rooted in early rock 'n' roll," Squglio says. "It goes as far back as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard. It's got the hard edge of modern rock like Queens of the Stone Age or The White Stripes. We combine the spirit of good old rock 'n' roll and the spirit of the punk rock that came out in the '70s and '80s.

"Our music has the same attitude of those generations. Berry and Lewis were punk rockers in their time. They were the rebels and the bad asses back then. The same is true of '80s artists. It's that spirit of pushing the envelope, giving music an edgy feel."

100 Watt Mind's psychedelic edge and improvisational elements are like those of Jimi Hendrix or Cream, Squglio says.

"That's a whole other side to our sound, which is much more evident in our live recording."

Based in Ashland since 2010, 100 Watt Mind's "Out of Night" has a rock-opera theme, while its sophomore album, "Creatures," is more song-driven.

"Our sound was starting to come together on 'Creatures,' " Squglio says.

All of the band's recordings are released independently. The first one was produced by Milan "The Mutt" Nikolic of World Music Productions in New York, who was living in Ashland at the time. Part of "Out of Night" was recorded at Pacifica Studio in Williams, the rest at Prairie Sun Studio in Cotati, Calif., with producer Oz Fritz, who produced Primus' "Antipop."

Look for 100 Watt Mind to perform at 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, in the Performance Garden at Britt, the same night The Claypool Lennon Delirium performs on the pavilion's stage.

"Creatures" also was recorded with Nikolic. The tracks were completed over a short span of three days in a cabin outside Ashland on Dead Indian Memorial Road.

100 Watt Mind's CDs are available online at Bandcamp, CD Baby and at Music Coop in Ashland.

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