Take the Twiddle Trip: the Band, the Bud, and their Bus

Take the Twiddle Trip: the Band, the Bud, and their Bus

If you’re reading this website, suffice it to say that you love marijuana. A lot. So when you read about this group of dudes who hail from the green state of Vermont, it shouldn’t come as a surprise (although it did for me) that they know their way around a rig and can talk the cannabis talk. It’s rare that this interviewer feels inadequately prepared with enough marijuana, but lucky for me these men came locked and loaded.

“We’ve gotten much more into targets nowadays,” says Mihali Savoulidis, the group’s guitarist and singer-songwriter. “We call it digital and analog–some of us still roll analog, but we’t mainly changed to digital since it’s easier to travel with, doesn’t smell as much and you can keep more of it. ”

For the Vermont quartet who average 100 live shows a year (plus their own music festival, Tumble Down), crisscrossing the country can be tricky, especially navigating nonlegal states from the Midwest and the South. “We have to be cautious on tour–and using very beautiful stinky buds might not be the best thing for the tour bus,” says Savoulidis. “But going digital or hitting a pen lets you take a fast hit and go about your day. ”

Savoulidis knows what he likes when it comes to marijuana: “I’t always loved Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough and some of the older breeds I still love. Our friend grows a very mean Blue Lotus, and Blue Fantasy has always been around us. ”

As much as marijuana contributes to Twiddle’s day, music plays just as important a role. The group shares what they’re listening with one another, from funk to classical to reggae. Each member’s varied taste informs the band’s unique sound.

Jordan credits his personal transition from skateboarding and listening to metal and punk to smoking marijuana, getting into bands such as 311 and mellowing out. “311 was a nice segue from the tougher stuff into some of the more groove-oriented and stoner-esque music,” he says, “but I was influenced by pretty much everything. ”

The same as the music of fellow Vermonters Phish, Twiddle’s sound can be hard to define, and they could ’t simply be tagged as a jam band. Their sound has a thickness, and it also soars, constantly reaching for that musical high. “We stray in all directions. Funk. Disco. Latin. Classical. We’ve got a great deal of rhythm. ”

As for being compared to Phish and the Grateful Dead, the only similarity the band sees is the scene: “It’s people with the same mind-set. And that’s the same we see our fans–joy and open-mindedness, and being part of a community. ”

While on tour, they’re definitely conscious of just how much plastic they use and collect. “We’re constantly trying to determine how to make this tour or another better for all of us, the environment, and eliminate [waste] and be better about it,” says Savoulidis.

Keep up with the men at twiddlemusic.com for upcoming tour announcements.

This feature has been published in High Times magazine. 

Released at Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:00:58 +0000

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