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Sirens and Pipers

by Damon Wood's Harmonious Junk

Psychedelic, Guitar-driven Modern Rock with Hard Rock, Latin, Reggae and mellow Acoustic flavors by James Brown's former Guitarist, and his band.
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1. Infatuation
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2. Seeing Through the Lines
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3. Just You and Some Friends and Me
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4. Pages in the Book of Time
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5. The Phoenix
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6. Firefly
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7. Loc Ness Monster
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8. Queen of My Dreams
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The new album, Sirens And Pipers, contains elements of Modern Rock, Blues, Latin, Reggae, Hard Rock, Progressive and Improvisational styles. The album is a concept basically dealing with the struggle between man and woman, concerning love, desire, heartbreak, etc. The siren is "the muse" and the piper is the player inspired by the muse, who in turn attracts the muse, and the cycle continues.......

"Review of our first album, "Space Cadet"....
Making Jazzy Funk fun from Sex Machine to Sanford and Son
Relix Magazine by Mick Skidmore

Playing guitar in Godfather of Soul James Brown’s band would probably provide more than enough creativity for most people, but not for Damon Woods. In his spare time he has formed the formidable jamband Harmonious Junk. Because of Woods’ JB touring commitments, Harmonious Junk plays pretty much exclusively in the Denver area, he notes, adding, “We’ve played most of the venues in Denver to decent success, but now we are looking to branch out and progress.” Based on what I’m hearing, the band has plenty to offer. Since forming in Las Vegas in 2001, it has released the superbly crafted Space Cadet, which sees the band exploring a plethora of instrumental textures with some unusual twists. Not surprisingly there’s an underlying funk edge but in a jagged sort of psychedelic fashion: Witness the sassy opener “Sweet Delight” and the percolating riffs of “Bubbledown.” Elsewhere the band flits from melodic jazz-rock (not unlike Steve Kimock) to the beautifully haunting title cut, which features pirouetting leads counter-pointed by delicate piano work that really highlights the sophistication of this ensemble. Woods says that in a live environment he and his bandmates are apt to improvise more, melding songs. “We do Stevie Wonder’s ‘Sir Duke’ but without vocals… We also take ‘Sex Machine’ and segue into the theme from Sanford and Son just for fun.” Woods and fellow band members are each accomplished and exciting players that like to take risks and turn things around (Woods in particular can whip out funk riffs, blues solos and jazz fills with ease and finesse).

Review of our second album, "Too Cocky In Nagasaki"
Michael Hedrick
Marquee Magazine May 2009
Harmonious Junk "Too Cocky In Nagasaki" 4 out of 5 stars.

Harmonious Junk is for all intents and purposes a feel-good band — mixing a friendly humor reminiscent of Zappa with the funk of James Brown. And, simply put, former James Brown guitarist and Harmonious junk leader, Damon Wood knows how to kick it.

Taking you on a trip through the musical ethers, Too Cocky in Nagasaki showcases the band’s studio efforts with a fierce command and a refreshingly loose feel at the same time. It shows not only a reminiscent introspection (“My Friend and Me”) but a jokingly relaxed attitude (“Hippy Girl”).

The band juxtaposes the best talent any jam/funk band has to offer with the chilled out point of view of a seasoned and experienced group proving that no subject is off limits. The music is mostly illustrative of a summer barbecue with good beer, good smoke and pretty girls dancing all around the place.

Featuring legendary bassist and vocalist from the Brown days, Fred Thomas, the album expresses its talent in a smooth yet funky, at times jazzy, journey through genres. Harmonious Junk landed “Best Jamband” by Westword in 2005 and the band lives up to its reputation by providing the funkiest, grooviest, and headiest rhythms and musical expositions to the Front Range.

This is the epitome of music to “get down” to.


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A.H. Goldstein

Damon Wood's Harmonious Junk "Sirens And Pipers"
Thursday, Aug 8 2013 Westword Magazine Denver, CO

Though Damon Wood's Harmonious Junk never indulges too long in overblown solos or meandering instrumentals on Sirens and Pipers, it's not a stretch to see why the trio has garnered so many accolades in the jam world. There's no shortage of soaring, epic guitar work here, from Wood's high-register, Frank Zappa-like riffs on the album's opener, "Infatuation," to the acoustic lines on "Just You and Some Friends and Me," which recall the best unplugged guitar work of Dean Ween. The complex polyrhythms and metaphysical imagery on "The Phoenix," meanwhile, will feel instantly familiar to any Phish fan. It's impressive how Wood and company fit the nods to their ambitious influences into such a compact framework: No song is longer than four and a half minutes, resulting in a record that hints at lengthy jams but instead manages a rare display of self-control and brevity.