ANN ARBOR — Despite small-town roots in Dexter and Saline, the band Pajamas boasts a world-view vibe that’s all about “exploration and improvisation.”
“Though we play in many other genres, our instrumentation is that of a traditional rock quartet,” said guitarist Nick Orr, who attended Dexter High School and the University of Michigan.
“We all come from different musical backgrounds and have our individual tastes, so our music blends a lot of different styles into its sound. … Our repertoire of covers is also pretty broad, ranging from Rage Against the Machine to the Bee Gees.”
After releasing its debut album, “Onesie,” in 2018 and a live album recorded at Benton Harbor’s The Livery, “Live at the Livery,” in 2021, the Ann Arbor-based indie-jam band — which features Orr, bassist Dan Schuler, drummer Graham Low and keyboardist Owen Kellenberger — has hunkered down to lay tracks for its second full-length studio collection with the single, “Where the Story Ends,” set for imminent release.
“Fans of the band will recognize the tune from our live shows, but we’re excited for them to hear what we’ve done with it for the studio release,” Orr said.
The band has played venues ranging from The Livery and Founders Brewing Co. to Frederik Meijer Gardens and The Blind Pig.
“‘Where the Story Ends’ and the entirety of the album were recorded in-house at our rehearsal space, affectionately dubbed ‘Blanketsburg,'” Orr said. “Doing the record in-house has been a lot of fun and we’ve learned a lot in the process.”
Pajamas launched several years ago, while band members attended Washtenaw Community College. The group came together through a jazz ensemble class. Orr, Low and Schuler have spent time with other groups, including Dead Hit, Dirty Deville and Blue Water Kings.
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“Michigan has a really strong jam-band scene, and I think that we fit in well with that group, but I also think (there’s) a lot beyond that,” Orr said.
“While not necessarily trying to appeal to everyone, I think (there’s) something that almost anyone can latch onto in our music.”
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