Roots of Thought
Roots of Thought is another of those amazing Axis stage bands that should not be missed. Being Tulsa, Oklahoma, natives, they have appeared at Rocklahoma before, but for some reason I missed them in their last appearance. But that is certainly not going to happen this year. I will be up front.
Headed by talented vocalist Tazmen West and backed by guitarist Logan Meldrum, bassist Tyler Burke and drummer Gavin Wendlen, Roots of Thought is what I would call “Psychadelic Indie Rock.” I am not even sure that is a genre, but it definitely fits. There are Indie overtures, but when the music gets going there is definitely a 60’s psychadelia going on.
Nowhere is this truer than in the song “Lotus,” where West’s vocals shine and the guitars are allowed to dance around in your head freely. I am sitting, writing this in a tie-dye shirt, and feeling quite at home.
Another great song, “Diamond Mind” has a truly enjoyable video here:
Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!