The Interlopers

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Friday / July 12, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
The Interlopers

Hailing from the rolling green hills of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, the Interlopers formed at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Comprised of longtime friends Curtis Kelle, Nick Veinoglou, Ariel Shrum, Max Weiner and Dylan Renner, the Interlopers began as just a couple friends playing community events, talent shows, and parties, and slowly began to take a marvelous shape—the shape of a creative and expressive entity, a musical brotherhood worth sharing with the world. 

Band members performed during their high school careers, and, in 2011, Nick Veinoglou and Ariel Shrum left for Berklee. Upon their return the next summer, the band experienced its most successful season yet. Michael Gilbert was added on organ and keys to complete the band's summer sound, and they proceeded to play over 30 shows in the Berkshire area and beyond in the three short months they all had together. 

That August marked the release of their debut, self-produced album, Don't Forget to Breathe. Recorded and engineered by Curtis Kelley at Muddy Angel Studios in Richmond, Massachusetts, the project was a culmination of everything the band had accomplished, and it represented all the generosity and support the Interlopers had received through the years. 

The fall marked the return to college, and Kelley joined Veinoglou and Shrum at Berklee. A time of great change had come; with the heartbeat of the band no longer in the Berkshires, it was time to expand. Leaving Weiner, Renner, and Gilbert was not easy. 

In October 2012, the Interlopers welcomed in three new members, who took the places of their dear friends who could not make the busy rehearsal schedule. Jakob Rabitsch joined on keyboards, Kama Bell on saxophone, and Nick Frenay on bass. The band's music combines the enlightening and sultry sounds of R&B and soul music with the fluid harmonic language of jazz, all executed with the boundless mindset of a jam band. 

A fan said their music "is like a sound bath, welcoming and inviting you in slowly, then once you are completely submerged, takes you on a cleansing journey."

This year saw the band's debut performance in its new home city of Boston, and the launch of its Get on the Road Campaign to travel the East Coast and beyond so that eager listeners can hear the Interlopers's music. The remainder of the year looks promising as the band continue to expand its sound.