The Ethereal Plane comfortable on wheels
KEYSTONE – When The Ethereal Plane was in a position to become a touring act, half the band quit.The three remaining musicians couldn’t have been happier.”Some players weren’t up to touring for a living,” guitarist/vocalist Patrick Latella said. “That’s when you see a lot of players quit.”Now that the band is working as a trio, earning its bread touring through towns that have never heard of the Boulder-based jam band, Latella and company aren’t desperate to fill out their sound with additional players. The three understand each other and have learned how to utilize their talents to milk the most sound from a trio as possible.
Surprisingly, Latella said, the further away from Colorado the band gets, the more receptive audiences have been.”I would say it’s a phenomenon,” he said. “There is an interaction there that’s unique that you only get when you’re away from your hometown.”And Plane’s been away from its Boulder home a lot.The band played a handful of shows around the state in September, but took the month off from touring after living on the road virtually non-stop since May. The band returns to the Southeast next month playing familiar rooms in Florida and Georgia by way of Kansas and Missouri. The band plays a pair of nights at the Goat in Keystone beginning Friday.
The Southwest tour is the band’s first run through a region it has already worked, which Latella hopes means repeat customers.”The first time through any region,” he said, “is a lot of hitting and missing.”Latella said the band hasn’t been turned off by the frequent misses, usually in the form of empty rooms in unfamiliar towns. He sees the struggles as the band paying its dues on the way to the next level: Drawing crowds around the country on the strength of its music and reputation as opposed to the popularity of a bar.Aside from the financial benefits of a busy touring schedule, Latella said making a living on the road is “confirmation” of the work the band has put in. It’s also an opportunity, he said, to learn how to play the songs that only develop by being tested on the road.
“The material just sinks into a whole different place,” he said, “after you’ve played it multiple, multiple times in a row.” Latella expects the band – Edwin Hurwitz on bass, Jason Folsom on drums – to follow up its self-titled EP with a full-length album in the spring. “You definitely want to keep the output up,” he said. “You’re always growing, you’re always advancing and you always want to keep it fresh.”Chris Kornelis can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 216, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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