After the departure of the guitarist from their band Slip Silo, remaining members LeDuc and Smith, along with bassist/vocalist Drew Morton, limped along under the  former name until they took a band trip to the West coast in October of 2013. On Halloween, the three musicians clambered into a cab driven by  someone they won’t soon forget. “ The driver was a major character, ” explains Morton. “He had us laughing in the first ten seconds of the ride. He was a great storyteller, a genuine person, and expressed joy in his work. We thought that someone who left such a remarkable impression in such a short time deserved to be emulated through our music. So we came up with a name inspired by his and hold him as a symbol of what we want to sound like: truly free. I would love to find him some day and show him our music!”


Drawing on their formal jazz training and years of experience in the Iowa City music scene, the band is crafting a sound that is primarily ambient/electronic but influenced by improvised music. “I like to sample things onstage, and the band often improvises around the samples to create new sections of the song on the fly,” explains Smith. “This gives the audience something unique every night and creates an interesting challenge for us.”