|| Despite all
those influences, no single musical style pushes itself to the forefront
of Your Ship Sailed the Seven Seas, the band's just-completed
album released on Saklar's Ant Records. Opening track "The Morning
Song" is a light-stepping, acoustic folk ballad. The guitar line
that launches "Insect (Marble)" is pure Kiss Me-era
Cure, while the 6/8-metered title track feels like a bar room waltz
thanks to the sobbing slide guitar.
Esterbrooks, who just recently joined the band, said the broad
variety of styles drew him to No Blood Orphan. "The project
is successful because each song can differ 180 degrees, while the
band still sounds the same," he said. "It's the songwriting
and the style that keep it interesting. I've never been bored at
a No Blood Orphan show."
"There is a lot of freedom with this band," Saklar added.
"We do what we feel like doing. We don't have to answer to
anyone. We don't have to play shows to pay off debts. We have enough
friends and fans to play shows and have a good time and do whatever
That same sense of freedom characterizes how the band views its
future. If the line-up to No Blood Orphan seems vaguely familiar,
it could be because Saklar also plays guitar with Bartolomei in
Mal Madrigal as well as with Phillips and Esterbrooks in Virgasound.
Of the three projects, No Blood Orphan could wind up being the redheaded
"The future of this band is open-ended," Saklar said.
"We can do whatever we feel is right. We could be a four-piece
in six months or a six piece in six months. Of the three bands I
play in, I can see the other two doing more touring. There's no
And that's just the way Saklar and company like it. "It's
kind of a throwback to the day when Simon Joyner put out cassettes
and did local shows," Saklar said. "There's a certain
fulfillment in being a musician and not putting all your eggs into
one basket and saying, 'Come on, guys, we're gonna make it.'"
Published in The Omaha Reader Feb. 15, 2006.
Copyright © 2006 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
do what we feel like doing. We don't have to answer to anyone.
We don't have to play shows to pay off debts."