Indie rock group Jellyshirts to play Performance Space Thurs., Oct. 11

Looking for a frame of reference for Jellyshirts’ music? Try the Velvet Underground and the Byrds. But the band—ed by guitarist/vocalist Bret Logan for over 20 years, ably joined by drummer Scott McDonald and bass player Nick Appleby—has a sound determinedly their own.

From the band’s press packet:

“Letting the wash of live sound influence each song, without anybody thinking “jazz” or “improvisation.” Never doing covers of our songs. Trying to get you to levitate about one-and-a-half feet off your chair (willingly, of course). The short version: we’re loud and we play bars with a mystical need to reach you.”

From a 2009 Shoreline Times article by musician and WPLR Local Bands radio show host James Velvet:

“The band has been held in awe by its fans over the years for its sometimes soaring, sometimes droning sound, always played with intensity and skill. A good example is the current lead tune on their MySpace page, a recent live recording of a song they first performed 15 years ago, ‘Disinclined.’ Ten minutes of dynamic live jamming. ‘Pick and Soar’ is how their longtime champion Gary Vollono of IndepenDisc.com describes the sound. To which I would add, ‘…and feedback sometimes.'”

Here, on YouTube, is a video of the band performing their song “Truly” at the John Slade Ely House in New Haven in 2007: