Listening to New Hope-based rock band Sage, it's hard to stop images of
dancing Phish-heads cavorting through your head.
But then you listen to the next song, and you picture a kicking rock
band. And with the next song, you hear reggae and then an electronic
"We're a true rock band that plays a lot of different eclectic styles.
The heart is funk, but we do play some reggae and everything from salsa to
jazz," rhythm guitarist/co-vocalist Tim Nayfield says.
The varied sound is a result of the collaborative way each song is
created and written, he explains.
"We all have tunes we bring to the table and bring to fruition amongst
ourselves," lead guitarist Marc Gallow says. "We're like mad scientists."
The band -- who's name is open to interpretation, according to Gallow
-- is comprised of Gallow, Nayfield, Dave "Tree" Ryden on bass and Gabe
Rohmann, who pounds the skins and shares vocals with Nayfield.
Nayfield says he's been playing with childhood friends Rohmann and
Ryden for the past 11 years. He met Gallow while working at a counter
culture shop four-and-a-half years ago.
"The band just happened. We started playing shows and it began
snowballing," Nayfield says.
In 2003, Sage released a two-CD live sampler. Last month, the band
released the fruits of their first foray in the studio with a neat little
package called "Up From Below."
In its 11 tracks, "Below" takes Sage's eclectic roots and watches them
reach from the ground to form branches of blues, funk, rock and reggae
with a touch of electronica.
In the disc's seventh track, "Moonshine," there's a sprout of
"It's happy, fun-loving music that gets dark and mysterious at times,"
Beginning Saturday, Sage hits the road to share these new sounds with
audiences at The Moose in Doylestown, where they play with The Happy Dog.
Proceeds from the show will benefit Sage's annual Jam at the Grove,
which saw a soggy reception at its fifth annual presentation in October.
The tour will continue to Killington, Vt. From there, fans will have to
check the Web site, Nayfield says.
"The phone has been ringing off the hook," he says. "The buzz is
definitely in the air."
Reporter Kat Main can be reached at 908-475-8044 or by e-mail at