We shall let Blake Jones & the Trike Shop speak for themselves, befitting their legendary status:
What can five music-obsessed folks from Fresno do? What can any artsy pop band do? We’re interested in it all: the community it grows, the straight-to-the-heart communication, and even the joy of getting all those bits - guitars, theremin, flute (whatever we happen to be working with) – to dance together into an uplifting chunk o’ music. And we’ve done quite a bit with that approach. We’ve had our tunes spun regularly on both terrestrial and internet radio, including Rodney Bingenheimer’s Underground Garage and the venerable BBC Merseyside. We’ve had enthusiastic reviews in publications such as Goldmine, Endless Summer Quarterly, and Liverpool Sound & Vision. We play all over our home state of California and we've just completed our fourth overseas trip, The Glasgow to Berlin Tour.
We’ve been at it for a while. This particular combo, disregarding the detailed stats, has been playing since 2005, but Blake Jones & the Trike Shop has released 5 CDs and been on numerous compilations and collections since 1993. Our newest was released in 2018 on CD, LP, and download. It’s called Make.
“Yeah, but what kind of music do you play?” When pressed, we say Blake Jones & the Trike Shop is an “art-pop band”. David Bash (founder of the International Pop Overthrow Festival) says “The Trike Shop's ‘The Turtles meets Frank Zappa’ stylings never fail to be delightful, enigmatic and quirky! I highly recommend all of their work.” Other friends have used words like “Who” or “XTC”. Sometimes we use words like ‘guitars’, ‘theremins’, and ‘puppet heads’, for reasons best experienced in a live setting. Working in community, and a D.I.Y spirit have long been guide posts in this band’s life; I think that’s why we fit so well with and are so proud to be part of the whole Big Stir group of bands.
John Shafer: drums
Martin Hansen: bass
Michael Scott: guitar
Barbara Anderson-Jones: flute, vocals
Blake Jones: songs, vocals, guitar, theremin
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