When BW talked to String Cheese Incident's Jason Hann in 2007, his side project EOTO (ee-OH-toe)—with fellow SCI bandmate Michael Travis—was just getting off the ground. Now, after playing more than 200 shows and readying a new CD set for release this fall, the duo's electronic music has grown as organically as a 14-minute mandolin jam.
Hann said EOTO's newer sound attracts a younger crowd than SCI's 30- to 60-year-old "hippie, tie-dye" fans.
"We're seeing 18 to 24 year olds," Hann said. "At the beginning of the year, if there were older people coming, they were from the Burning Man scene."
EOTO's music is almost wholly improvised. If you heard them in 2007, you may barely recognize the music.
"We've always sort of done house music, drum-and-bass, breakbeat and hip-hop. But now, we lean pretty heavy on dubstep ... There's the really nasty bass sounds from the dubstep world ... it's a modulated and filtered bass sound that has this destructo hungry quality," Hann said. "It's a little more erratic, a little more freaked out."
Though EOTO might play a two-hour, improvised jam, the music is pretty far from SCI.
"In jam band world, there's not too many angular things going on," Hann said. "It's about creating a lighter path you can transition and travel on to different worlds. We still travel through different worlds and dimensions, but it's not as much in a VW bus as it is in a Ferrari."
Wed., Aug. 5, with Alpenflow, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main St., 208-342-1776.
You can buy live versions of EOTO's music (and much, much more) at livedownloads.com/.