Myles Barcomb & The Sweet Dreams are a local Minot band with an unusual start. Two years ago the opportunity to form a band was presented to Barcomb, who has been a musician for most of his life. Snoop Dogg and Mariah Carey.
Two years ago a friend of Barcomb’s Jonah Lantto, the producer of the local late-night show Good Night Live, told him the show needed a band to add to its atmosphere.
“I’ve known Jonah for a really long time, he actually asked me during a fantasy football draft, ‘Hey, I’m trying to do this late night show thing, and what do you think about being a chef. orchestra? ‘ I was like, it looks really fun ”, said Barcomb. “I’m kind of a nerd for late night shows and comedy anyway.”
Barcomb would form a band for the first show they were to play, “A group thrown together”, which would eventually blossom into a distinctive cocktail of genres.
Their website describes the band’s style as “a mix of funk, soul, blues, rock and pop, they have woven a unique sound with a mix of electronic instruments, a brass section, rising vocals, a gritty guitar and sick grooves.”
Barcomb said he always wanted to start a band with horns and discussed the possibility in the past with Erik Anderson, who plays saxophone and keyboards with the band, as well as sings vocals.
“Erik had just moved to town”, said Barcomb. “He graduated in music and he really enjoys composing. He was the perfect guy to be a partner in there.
Other members include drummer Austin Olson, who performed in the very first show; Kellan Anderson on trombone, keyboards and vocals; and Chris Basden, who plays bass.
“I was in Soulshine with [Basden] during two years. He is an incredible virtuoso musician. He plays guitar as well as he plays bass as well as drums. I feel really lucky to play with everyone in this band ”, he said.
The main goal of Myles Barcomb & The Sweet Dreams is to be one of a kind.
“We’re not a band that will look like your typical North Dakota bar band. I want to make more original music. I want to orient myself towards these grooves inspired by horn funk and R&B – the groove and the feel of the song is the basis of that. Then for North Dakota, we have to have a little country in there ”, said Barcomb.
Myles Barcomb & The Sweet Dreams are hosting a launch party at The Original Bar on Saturday night where they will perform two new songs. Casey Black, with Adapt Audio in Minot, recorded the songs. Their new music will be available on YouTube this weekend and all other streaming services in the week following. The band’s website is mylesbarcomb.com and their Facebook page is Myles Barcomb & The Sweet Dreams.