The two matched musical tastes and experiences and knew there were more like them out there. The next person to come on board wasnâ€™t the â€œclassically trained pianist who plays at the Kennedy Centerâ€ but rather the man who was â€œclassically trained and blah, blah, blah,â€
Turns out Starr had met him at a party and knew him only as â€œGrooveboxâ€ with no idea how to get a hold of him. Walking down the streets of the district one lunch break, Starr, the man of many connections, ran into the host of that party and was immediately put in touch with Mr. Box, or as his employer knew him, Fred Miller.
Fredâ€™s attendance at all the social events around town is typical and at a barbecue for recent Virginia Tech grads he met a guitar-slinging Roanokian named Brice Bartly who didnâ€™t go to Va. Tech but did go to Georgetown and was probably there for the spread. Fred and Brice got on the subject of playing in bands and that Fredâ€™s guitar player was departing and would he like to jam.â€ â€œWhat kind of music?â€ Brice asked. â€œOh, Neil Young and Grateful Dead.â€ Fred responded. Brice grinned.
As it turns out Fred had a bespectacled little buddy from Tech by the name of Rob Carbonello who took up playing the bass in college on purpose and now lived in the Maryland suburbs. They had a band in college called Buffalo Hazard, which became the original ubiquitone around 1998.
And so the five gentlemen jammed out some covers and Starrâ€™s tunes in Fredâ€™s tiny apartment until Brett was called away for a few months, so the rest of them went on their way in search of a drummer. They found him in Andrew Wright. He came with a practice space and a madhouse percussion player named Rob Wickham. Andrew had heard from a friend that some dudes were putting together a String Cheese Incident cover band and needed a drummer so he thought heâ€™d give them a shot. It turned out to be more than SCI covers these guys had been cranking out, in fact they didnâ€™t know any SCI songs at all, but Andrew and Starr were convinced they could get some gigs.
The seven studs then became ubiquitone. The name came to a pondering Fred one day and if it were an actual word would literally mean, â€œeverywhere soundâ€â€”because, hey, sound is everywhere! Itâ€™s also a play off the word â€œubiquinoneâ€ or, Coenzyme Q10, an essential nutrient our bodies need to produce energy. And produce energy ubiquitone would by quickly becoming â€œone of the best bands to emerge from the area in a long timeâ€ according to long time radio and music scene guru Bill Wright.
6 years, hundreds of shows and 2 1/2 albums later, ubiquitone is still a solid band despite the exiting of their friend, Eric Starr, in 2003. Brett Naylor would step up as chief singer and songwriter and pen 9 of the eleven tracks to their latest album, Americondition, with Brice Bartley contributing two thoughtfully crafted tunes.
With the release of Americondition, ubiquitone pays homage to the rootsier side of their influences while hinting at a more progressive approach to making their own music. The elements of friendship and music have bonded and many more tunes lay aging in cask barrels to be taken in and enjoyed off of ubiquitoneâ€™s greatest album yet, the next one!
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1. Older Now
2. Hell to Pay
3. The Ghost of Sweet Marie
4. 14 Days (Without a Cigarette)
5. When Johanna Walks into the Bar
7. Stand By Your Sand
8. Talk About the Blues
9. No Pollution
10. This American Life
11. (I'm) Comin' for You