MEMBERS: Tucker Dhalke: bass, vocals; Phil Grajko: guitar, vocals; Josh Williams: drums, vocals
ACTIVE SINCE: 2008
SOUND: Bongo-heavy acoustic reggae, and never without a catchy rhythm. Joy Telepathy Project is all about the good vibes.
Your favorite Dispatch song with a funk tinge.
WHAT THEY JERK TO:
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, Grateful Dead, and Pink Floyd.
“Quantum Superposition” immediately hooks you with bongos, an irresistible acoustic melody, and intriguing lyrics: “If you can see what you perceive / then you define reality. / If blind is how you’re thinking / then blind is how you see.”
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN UP:
The tracks have an unique sound thanks to the members’ various musical backgrounds. They also take turns on lead vocals, treating each song as its own experiment.
UNLIKELY SOURCE OF INSPIRATION:
Residence in the Westcott neighborhood. Phil says the myriad of interwoven cultures inspire their fusion of styles and overall musical attitude.
WHERE YOU CAN HEAR THEM:
Funk ‘n Waffles, Metro Lounge, house parties.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT EACH SHOW:
A stoner’s rendition of John Mayer’s “Gravity.” Imagine the lyrics, “Smoking weed is working to cleanse me,” set to Mayer’s melancholy tune.