Exotic Dangers

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"When "Brown Sugar" comes on the radio, everyone wigs out to it and someone inevitably says, 'man, they just don't make songs like they used to.' Why not? That's what I want to do. That's the music I like."

Consider it Daniel Crisler's musical manifesto. Keep listening to him:

His personal experience, along with that of his razor-sharp band (Maggie Crisler on Farfisa/percussion, Brady Gomillion on bass, and Jon Mosley on drums) informs his latest material.

"The main thought process behind the band is this: play music that I like and write lyrics that I like," Crisler explains. "Our musical direction is most definitely rooted in mid-'60s soil – hence the old Farfisa organ, 12-string electric, hand percussion, and no effects pedals."

While the band's rapturous live performances have left a wake of acclaim, it's not because of a lot of bells and whistles. Crisler prefers a simple, no-nonsense approach on the stage.