What: The Jekylls
When: 10 p.m. Friday
Where: hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230
More info: hi-dive.com
W hen some musicians need a change of pace, they end one project and start another. Eryn Hoerig decided to stick with her old band and start a new one.
The Hollyfelds singer wanted to do something outside of alt-country and folk, so she started contacting her musician friends to form a new band. What she got was Keith Hoerig, also of The Hollyfelds, Tony Asnicar and Graham Haworth, of the Railbenders, and Jody Rodney, of Sunday Girl. Together, they're The Jekylls.
The fivesome got together in the summer of 2011 and released The Jekylls' debut LP, The Sweet Factory, in the spring of 2012. The sound still has some twangs of country, but it's much closer to '60s rock, with surf guitar riffs and charming melodies.
"I needed another musical outlet so this was a good opportunity [and] this has been really fun," Hoerig said. "I wanted to do something more '60s-influenced, but at the end of the day, I knew what I had in my head, but I had to find the right people. By adding those guys, who I knew were really big into all different kinds of music, and Jody, too, they would be able to help me figure that sound out."
The Jekylls' style was more of a natural development than a conscious decision, though. With all of the members contributing to songwriting, it just came out that way.
"In my experience, a band is just going to sound like what it's going to sound like," Hoerig said. "With The Jekylls, it's been a lot more of -- people will write things and bring them to me and I'll flesh it out more as far as my part. On 'Where Were You,' Graham, our drummer, basically came to me with a chord progression and said 'Let's see what we can do with this,' and we just took it and ran with it.
"I have been playing and writing some songs that didn't sound country, though I can't really help it when I sing, it just comes out that way."
With everyone in the band busy with their other projects, they've found it surprisingly easy to make schedules work. Since The Sweet Factory's release last spring, The Jekylls have been playing live without focusing much on writing more. The Hollyfelds also put out a record last year, but circumstances have worked out so The Jekylls have time to write and record a sophomore LP in 2013.
"It's been happening pretty easily. We all have been doing it for a long time and it just so happens that after The Hollyfelds released the album, the other girl in that band is having a baby, so we have a hiatus," Hoerig said.
The band already has a few songs in the works, and in the meantime, they're keeping busy with local shows. This Friday, they'll be at the hi-dive with the New Ben Franklins; they play the Moe's BBQ 5th Anniversary Party on Jan. 18; and at 3 Kings Tavern on Feb. 9.