Camp without moonshine
Moonshine Still brings band of brothers to town
Members of Moonshine Still say they feel a responsibility as musicians to try to make the world a better place.
Scott Baston’s lyrics are all about trying to connect with the rest of humanity, said Ray Petren, the band’s bassist. “Part of that is working through his struggles and have everybody identify with that. Hopefully, it makes things better for people.”
Moonshine Still will bring its contemplative and sometimes silly lyrics to The Tugboat Grill & Pub on Monday and Tuesday nights.
“Scott is a great lyricist but can’t spell worth a crap,” Petren said. “And we basically play rock with an electronic edge. We stretch it out and experiment some, too.”
Petren entered the music scene in his second year of college. He earned a degree in sociology.
“I’m kind of the managing member of the band,” he said. “So I guess my degree helps in that capacity – dealing with all the guys and group dynamics.”
The band has been going through a series of member changes in the past year.
“We have a new drummer that has been with us for nine months, and we just did our last show with our former percussionist,” Petren said. “We are moving in new directions musically as well.”
Members of Moonshine Still also have put the brakes on their partying.
“We don’t drink too much moonshine,” Petren said. “We did party a lot, and it makes it hard on the day to day when you party that much and wake up the next day not in too good of a mood.”
Although the lineup is changing, Petren describes the group of musicians as a band of brothers.
“My wife commented that when she’s around us, it feels like we are at camp,” he said. “Not band camp – much more exciting.”
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