“I met Michael during the 2013 Phish summer tour. I did the whole summer tour and ran into him at the West Coast shows with some other friends. The first time I saw him was at The Gorge. I just felt totally connected to the music, and it seemed like I was the only one. … But then I looked to my right and saw Michael, and he was totally into it too.”
Patrick Harvey described that early connection with Michael Wood at Washington’s version of Red Rocks Amphitheater ‒ the first encounter in a synchronistic cycle of events that eventually spawned the Denver-based band Cycles. Harvey plays guitar and Wood plays drums for Cycles, the “psychedelic rock fusion” band slated to perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at The Lariat in Buena Vista.
After the Phish tour and two more encounters with Wood, Harvey returned to Chicago, where he attended Columbia College and studied instrumental performance with a guitar concentration.
Then, “my roommate happened to run into (Wood) in Chicago and recorded an album for him,” said Harvey. “After that, I kept bumping into him all over the country.”
A couple years later, Wood had moved to Denver, where he’d recently met Tucker McClung, the lead vocalist and bassist for Cycles. Wood encouraged Harvey to move to Denver and start a band.
“It was the perfect time for me to move,” said Harvey. “For two years now we’ve been together touring, and we’ve played 200 shows. It’s been a lot of fun … a really natural thing.”
For some of those shows, Cycles toured with Boston band The Jauntee, which has played in Salida. The two bands also work with the same agency, and that relationship helped Cycles land one of its biggest gigs so far ‒ the after party for the Trey Anastasio Band’s May 31 Red Rocks performance. Cycles will also play a number of festivals this summer, including Sonic Bloom, Arise and Beanstalk, and expects to release its third album in June.
Cycles’ music blends rock, jazz, hip-hop, soul and more to create a versatile soundscape, and Harvey stressed the importance of improvisation, especially for live performances. “We try to keep it different, said Harvey. “So even if we play the same song in two different gigs, we play it differently – maybe a five-minute version one night and a 17-minute version the next time.”
Saturday will be Cycles’ first show in Chaffee County, and Harvey said the trio is “really excited to play there. We’ve heard good things about The Lariat.”
It’s a free show Saturday, so don’t miss this opportunity to see an up-and-coming band. In a couple years, you can be one of the ones who say, “I saw them when ….”