| Alt-Country, Folk, Rock, Acoustic - a sound like James Taylor and Neil Young driving down the lost highway with Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan in the back seat, while listening to a mix tape - oh, and the car probably has a Beatles bumper sticker.
|Matt Klock (bass), had previously played guitar with John in a alternative / progressive rock band named, "Crystalson" and engineered the latest recordings of the band at his home studio. He now plays bass and synth for The Spirit of Ontario as a full time member.
Joe Myers (Drums), also previously of "Crystalson" as well as various other Rochester bands has been the steady back beat behind all of John's recordings in the last 2 years and has also joined in as a full time member of The Spirit...
John Sacheli (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, etc.), started playing in Rochester bands as a lead guitar player and harmony singer. After quitting Crystalson and disolving Five Points, he started to write and sing as a solo acoustic folk act. He now fronts The Spirit of Ontario as well as playing solo shows on occasion.
|To paraphase Kieth Richards: "All you are your whole life is a giant sponge walking around and soaking up everything you ever hear. Even when you don't realize it, the littlest things you listen to influence you in some form or another and come out when you're playing or writing."
|Formed from an acoustic solo project in the wake of another project that never made it out of the basement, John Sacheli was working to record a demo of some new songs that ended up becoming the bands 1st album, "Simple Things," which is due out in mid December, 2006.
They chose the name, "The Spirit of Ontario," as a joke between them. They figure they've got about as much of a chance to make it in Rochester as the failed fast ferry project.
We chose to use the term "Country" as one of the genres to fit this band into, but with great hesitation - they are not very big on the idea of labels. They have nothing in common with anything coming out of Nashville these days, and if anything would rather be compared to gritty realism of Country music's pioneers and the love of Rock music in all shapes and flavors that has coined the term, "alt-country."
Many of the songs stem from the blue collar, working family life of singer John Sacheli and the generally left leaning politics that they have aligned themselves with. In other words, they know what it means to bust ass for a handful of dimes and watch while the government turns it's back on you and instead focuses on scarring the hell out of everyone with terrorist threats and impending doom.
That's not much of a bio, but we guess it will do for now...