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Good music growing wild like the trees in the local mountains
by Cortney Maddock
May 07, 2008 | 1061 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy photo - Tahoe-based Subjektochange will bring its funky blue bass sound to Great Basin Brewing Co. on Saturday.
Courtesy photo - Tahoe-based Subjektochange will bring its funky blue bass sound to Great Basin Brewing Co. on Saturday.
There must be something in the Tahoe water, because there has been a covey of bands springing up with an array of interesting musical styles. These bands are starting to come down the hill to play shows in Sparks.

After Saturday at 9:30 p.m., the group Subjektochange will join the list of Tahoe bands, which includes Blue Turtle Seduction and Bourgeois Gypsies, to rock the stage at Great Basin Brewing Co.

Subjektochange has a definite goal: Make it big. But the band’s approach is to take it easy and not rush success. Subjektochange singer and keyboard player Eric Matlock explained that the band has been playing together for nearly two years but spaces out shows and only plays two or three times a month.

“We made the decision not to overplay ourselves,” Matlock said. “We just want to play really good gigs.”

Matlock said that Subjektochange has not played in the valley yet and is ready for the show at Great Basin.

“I think (Sparks) will like our sound,” Matlock said.

Matlock explained that guitarist and singer Erv Wolf, bassist and singer Nick DeNoia and drummer Ray Erst have come together to create a hard-edge funk sound.

“You could definitely say we have some jam-band elements, “ Matlock said, explaining that some of the band’s live performances are “off-the-cuff.”

Matlock said that the band does not have any albums for fans to buy yet, but that the band is diligently working on an EP to release in the fall.

“My day job is secondary,” Matlock said of his dedication to the band. “This is what I consider my full-time work.”

But while patiently waiting fans might be craving Subjektochange’s first recorded release or the next opportunity to see the band live, the band’s MySpace page showcases four well-performed live songs played at shows in Tahoe.

Subjektochange has a sound that flows and is fun to listen to. Somewhat reminiscent of Sublime mixed with the smooth guitar and bass riffs of Incubus, the band’s sound is made unique by the funky blue bass sound complemented with a deep vocal sound produced by Matlock, Wolf and DeNoia.

“We’re really focused on original songs and promise a high-energy (show),” Matlock said. “This band is all about having a good time.”

Even though the band’s funky name complements its sound, Matlock said he sometimes attributes the band’s name to bad spelling, although it was an intentional error.

“Just came down to spelling it differently because ‘subject to change’ as is would be too confusing,” Matlock said of potential gig-poster mishaps.

Matlock explained that Subjektochange is the acknowledgment that things change and that people need to be ready to roll with it.

“Everything has a flow,” Matlock said. “Nothing stays still.”

Yet, the band’s name gives light to the fact that the band members know success is not always easy.

“There is no easy path,” Matlock said. “Hopefully the sand will take you where you want to go.”

Matlock said that Subjektochange’s shows are full of energy and dancing.

“We have had just really good crowd response,” Matlock said. “We enjoy playing. Our goal is to give 110 percent or not play at all.”

Subjektochange is hoping to make playing shows in the valley a regular thing, but the opportunity to see the band Saturday night should not be passed up. Subjektochange will start playing at 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

Great Basin Brewing Co. is located at 846 Victorian Ave.

For more information on the band and to listen to previous live recordings, visit subjektochange.
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