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SEATTLE'S HARD STOMPIN' IRISH FOLK BAND


Imagine Irish music with the back beat of a drum kit, intricately weaved guitar melodies, a dreadlocked mandolin and banjo player, the pulsating heartbeat of the bass, a classically trained Violinist with a cascade of curly, flowing, blond hair and an outlandishly quaffed Gaelic-speaking tin whistler raised on sean-nos, new wave, and punk rock. Throw all those ingredients together with a generous amount of frenetic energy and you'll have your first taste of Ockham's Razor. And it only gets better, like really good whiskey.



Their fascinating technique to de-construct traditional songs and recreate them with a modern sound while containing the spirit and soul of what made each song memorable is the attraction to this band.

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What others say:

"A crossbreed of the traditionalism of the Chieftains and the hard stomp of the Pogues, Seattle's own Ockham's Razor take the Gaelic-Celtic genre into the 21st century with a keen sense of the past coupled with a progressive attitude that is entirely fresh." -- Weekly Volcano (2006)



"Mixing traditional Celtic music with their own brand of energy, the band has been hailed for bringing "kind of a Gaelic-Celtic flavor with an interesting pop sensibility" to the Celtic music world. In fact, they are known for adding a youthful twist to traditional Celtic songs." - celticmp3s.com (2006)
Why this name?
Kris Clements says "The term Ockham's Razor just kept showing up in articles I was reading or television shows I was watching and after the third or fourth time, I realized it and thought it fits perfectly."

<The term "Ockham's Razor" refers to the principle attributed to 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham. The principle states, in English, "entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity." In other words "The simplest explanation is usually the best" or "Keep It Simple Stupid."
Do you play live?

Ockham's Razor is based out of Seattle but has played gigs throughout the Pacific Northwest including Oregon, Idaho and down into Northern California.

Ockham's Razor thrives on the energy their fans produce at their shows. Like an alternator charging a battery, the cycle of energy going from band to audience and back makes every show an event.


During live performances, Ockham’s Razor breaks the fourth wall by taking their show off-stage and interacting with the audience. It wasn’t long before audience members came up with their own classification for the band’s genre-blending style and high-energy performances: “Turbo Celtic” and “Ethno Punk” being among some of the more favored deskriptions. Highlighted performances include participating in the 2007 & 2008 Northwest Folklife Festival, headlining the 2007 Schweitzer Mountain Fall World Music Festival, the 2007 & 2008 Yakima Folklife Festivals, 2007 & 2008 Tacoma & Whidbey Island Highland Games, the 2008 Prosser Highland Games as well as numerous St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest and in-town performances. Over 400 people packed the Yakima Valley Museum to see them perform as part of the monthly Concert Series and they have opened for internationally acclaimed Celtic bands The Cheiftains, The Paperboys and Enter the Haggis.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It's a natural progression. The internet makes neighbors of people who were once a country away. From our bedroom, we can share our music with the rest of the world and reach audiences that we never could before.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Depends on the deal.
Band History:

Ockham's Razor formed in the spring of 2006 and began introducing audiences in the Pacific Northwest to their exciting, youthful style of Irish and Folk music in June at the Fremont Summer Solstice Festival. As a result, the band was commissioned to write and record their first original song ("A Face, An Echo" on their self-titled debut CD now only available for digital download) for an independent film.

After working with Grammy nominated producer Conrad Uno (Presidents of the United States of America, Mudhoney, Posies) on their debut CD, Ockham's Razor began performing shows throughout the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco Bay area and Portland.

In the following months, the original members would continue to write their own music as well as arrange traditional Irish and Celtic songs in new ways with their fascinating technique to deconstruct and recreate them with a modern sound while containing the spirit and soul that made each song memorable. The bands fun, young sound and exciting, interactive stage shows also attracted new audiences to their music who may have never previously listened to Celtic music.

"Ockham's Razor is a group of young and talented musicians with an Irish rock sound, interwoven with haunting notes and energetic rhythms. They interpret traditional folk tunes in a progressive and stimulating way that leaves the audience listening. Their generous nature is part of the experience; the audience feels like part of the band."

In 2007, Ockham's Razor experienced their first evolution with the addition of several new members, including Tom Rooney, who they met at the Yakima Folklife Festival. Tom brought his bluegrass background into the band playing both banjo and mandolin. Within a month, the new members began practicing with the band and performed their first live show.

Ockham's Razor's second album, Ten Thousand Miles to Bedlam, was recorded with producer Don Gunn (Aaron English, Ian McFeron Band, Camille Bloom) and introduced fans to the evolved sound which incorporated acoustic guitar, fiddle, tin whistles, accordion, mandolin, banjo, drum kit, djembe, electric bass and bodhran.

The album went on to be named Album of the Week by Scottish Celtic Music Radio in February 2008, included in the CDBaby.com "Beer-Soaked Irish Rock" featured playlist and played on radio stations in Canada, the United States, Ireland, Scotland, England, and Germany.

"Mixing traditional Celtic music with their own brand of energy, the band has been hailed for bringing "kind of a Gaelic-Celtic flavor with an interesting pop sensibility" to the Celtic music world. In fact, they are known for adding a youthful twist to traditional Celtic songs."

As some of the original, founding members left and additional members joined, Ockham's Razor's new incarnation continued to bring their "Ethno-Punk" sound to audiences throughout Washington, California, Idaho and Oregon at shows including the Northwest Folklife Festival, Yakima Folklife Festival, Tacoma and Whidbey Island Highland Games, Prosser Scottish Festival and opening slots for The Chieftains, The Paperboys and Enter the Haggis. Between 2006 and the end of 2008, the band perfected their live shows performing over 300 times.

2009 brought additional challenges as the line-up changed once again and new members were introduced. As the band began working on their next full length album they released a live album called "Live & Well" which captures the excitement of the bands live shows.

Throughout the years and different members, one thing has stayed constant with band; the individuals musical backgrounds and influences remain the driving force behind the genre-blending sound of Ockham's Razor.

"A crossbreed of the traditionalism of the Chieftains and the hard stomp of the Pogues, Seattle's own Ockham's Razor take the Gaelic-Celtic genre into the 21st century with a keen sense of the past coupled with a progressive attitude that is entirely fresh."

Your influences?
Sinead O'Connor, Lunasa, the Chieftains, Nusa, Kate Bush, Luke Kelly, Shooglenifty, Martyn Bennett, Elvis Costello, Indigo Girls, Donal Lunny, Peatbog Faeries, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, the Cranberries, the Smiths, Sharon Shannon, Damien Dempsey, Damien Rice, Emer Kenny, Kila, Capercaille, Culann's Hounds, Enter the Haggis, The Tinkers, Annie Lennox, 10000 Maniacs, Adrian Belew, Alan Stivell, Alyth McCormack, Billy Pigg, Cocteau Twins, Fiona MacKenzie, Jeannie Robertson, Sheila Armstrong, Ewan MacColl, Girlyman, James, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, the Beatles, Kathryn Tickell, Kirsty MacColl, Lindisfarne, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Myshkin, Paukl Mounsey, The Police, Radiohead, Ryan Adams, Sting, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, XTC
Favorite spot?
Seattle, WA
Equipment used:
matt's violin:

Tom's mandolin:
guitar:
banjo:

Judd's drum's: Yamaha Tour Custom, 20" Zildjian Crash, 10" splash, 14" Hi Hats

Kris' whistles: Generations, Shaws, Sweetones, Overtons and Chieftains. He also plays a Gemeinhardt and an Artley flute
accordion:

Dane's bass:
Anything else...?


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If you would like to order our debut CD online, go to
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If you would like to order Ten Thousand Miles to Bedlam, go to CD Baby.com

...or e-mail us at info@seattlerazors.com
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