McLovins 2013 (left to right) Jake Huffman, Jason Ott, Atticus Kelly, & Justin Berger
|Origin||East Granby, Simsbury, New Britain, Philadelphia|
|Genres||Progressive rock, jam band|
|Labels||Triple J Records|
|Past members||Jeff Howard|
McLovins are an American jam band formed in 2009. The band's lineup consists of bass guitarist Jason Ott, drummer Jake Huffman, lead guitarist Justin Berger and keyboardist Atticus Kelly. Inspired by an eclectic mix of influences like The Meters, The Band and The Flaming Lips, McLovins combine their songwriting skills with extended improvisations and instrumental ingenuity. Taking a page from their jam band forefathers, McLovins always try to keep their audiences guessing at what’s to come. Their eclectic setlists and individual musical personas define the band’s live shows. Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, McLovins have appeared at Gathering of The Vibes, Mountain Jam, The Peach Festival and the legendary Nateva Music Festival, as well as many acclaimed venues across the country. They have also performed with some of the most influential artists on the scene, including Buddy Guy, George Porter, Jr. and Oteil Burbridge.
- Jake Huffman - Percussion, vocals
- Jason Ott - Bass Guitar, vocals
- Justin Berger a.k.a. Ze J. Bergler - Guitar, vocals
- Atticus Kelly - Keys, Guitar, vocals
The band was founded in the summer of 2008 after a series of chance meetings between the trio at local music camps. The band toured locally in Southern New England playing a mixture of covers and their own original compositions, though it was a video cover of Phish's "You Enjoy Myself" that gained them attention on YouTube. In the spring of 2009 they released their first studio album Conundrum, which featured original songs inspired by the Norton Juster novel The Phantom Tollbooth. Conundrum featured graphics by Ink Design Studios, which is also responsible for the band's psychedelic skull logo. The band was featured in Rolling Stone magazine.
In the summer of 2009 the band performed on the Green Vibes tent at the Gathering of the Vibes where they played to a crowd of over 1,000 people. The McLovins commissioned a pair of posters from poster artist AJ Masthay to commemorate The McLovins Phish Pre-Shows in Hartford and Satatoga Springs as part of the celebration for Phish's 2009 reunion tour. During the fall of 2009 and Winter of 2010 they continued to tour regionally throughout New England, including their first appearance at Moe.'s spring festival Snoe.down as well as playing Nectar's in Burlington, Vermont. They have managed to cultivate a loyal following due to multiple appearances at Keene State College. The McLovins have done several shows at Troy, New York's Revolution Hall including a double bill with 7 Walkers on the venue's closing night. In the spring of 2010 the band released their second studio album, Good Catch, featuring original songs written by the band.
In the summer of 2010 the band scheduled numerous festival appearances including StrangeCreek, Mountain Jam, the inaugural Nateva Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Bella Terra Festival and WormTown. The band continued to play locally and regionally with favorite venues including Black Eyed Sally's, The Main Pub and they have made several appearances at Brooklyn Bowl as well as Sullivan Hall in NYC. In the fall of 2010, The McLovins collaborated with Phish lyricist Tom Marshall and his partner Anthony Krizan (of Spin Doctors fame) to co-write "Cohesive", which they recorded with Marshall and Krizan at Krizan's Sonic Boom studios. They debuted the song during a performance at Brooklyn Bowl where they were joined onstage by both Marshall and Krizan. The band also released a commemorative poster of this show, produced by AJ Masthay. They set an aggressive touring schedule for 2011 with return trips to Nectars, Fairfield Theatre Company, Infinity Hall and the band's first trip to The IronHorse Music Hall in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Moving into spring of 2011, the band continued to tour and scored opening slots for Buddy Guy and Bill Kreutzmann's 7 Walkers among others. They also began work on their third album utilizing Marshall and Krizan to co-produce with the band. Marshall also contributed two songs to the disc along with their previous collaboration, the single "Cohesive", with all songs recorded at Krizan's Sonic Boom studios. The summer tour included stops at Strangecreek, Camp Creek and their first ever Main Stage performance kicking off Saturday's Gathering of the Vibes festivities. In the fall, the band's academic pressures began to limit their touring schedule until just after Thanksgiving when founding guitarist Jeff Howard decided he was leaving the group. Jeff finished the year out with four shows in December, his last concert with the band was December 30, 2011 at Pearl Street in Northampton.
The debut show featuring new guitarists Justin Berger and Atticus Kelly was New Year's Eve 2011 at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford, Connecticut. The McLovins also released their third studio album, Who Knows, on January 14, 2012 as a digital only download. The band was asked by ESPN2 to appear as a house band on three episodes of their afternoon variety show, SportsNation. The appearances were originally broadcast on June 27–29. The band will reprise these appearances the last week of August.
In January 2014, the band set off on their first Mid-Atlantic/Southern tour playing venues from Baltimore Maryland to Miami Florida. January 2014 also saw the release of the bands 4th full-length album Beautiful Lights, the first to feature Justin Berger and Atticus Kelly. Beautiful Lights also featured a cover photo by Nick Sonsini of Sonsini Media.
In November 2014, the McLovins were featured with Earphunk, a New Orleans prog funk band, at Live and Listen's (http://www.liveandlisten.com) inaugural event in Montgomery, AL, also the first musical act at a new venue in the area, The Warehouse at Alley Station. The McLovins brought on vocalist Kara Kirkland to end their set, with a memorable cover of Lettuce's “Do It Like You Do."
Released in 2009, produced by Dave Colbourne of New Vizion Studios
- Purple Trees
- Bri (In Memory Of)
- Guillotine Machine
- Killing Time
- Sea of Wisdom
- Rhyme & Reason
- Please Refund These Sleeping Pills
An EP released by the band in 2009 produced by Dave Colbourne of New Vizion Studios
- Virtual Circle
- Hell Yeah
Released in 2010, produced by Dave Colbourne of New Vizion Studios
- Tokyo Tea
- Deep Monster Trance
- This Town
- Milktoast Man
- Hell Yeah
- Virtual Circle
- 20 in a 35
- Quiet Kings
- Beadhead Crystal Bugger
- Good Catch
A single released in 2010, produced by Tom Marshall & Anthony Krizan at Sonic Boom Studios
- Cohesive (Marshall, The McLovins)
Released in 2012, produced by Tom Marshall & Anthony Krizan at Sonic Boom Studios
- Hesitate (Marshall, The McLovins)
- Close To The Line
- Cohesive (Marshall, The McLovins)
- Mon Ami
- On The Way Up
- Subdivision 2 (Marshall, The McLovins)
- Love Is Purple
Released in 2014, produced by Anthony Krizan at Sonic Boom Studios. This is the first album to feature Atticus Kelly and Justin Berger.
- Flavor of the Week
- Man in a Blue Coat
- 8 Dogs
- Beautiful Lights
- Cold Cold Iron
- Yankee Rose
Funk No. Uno
Released during Summer Tour 2014. This album was entirely produced by the band themselves.
- Catch The Ball
- Funk No. Uno
- Step Sista
Released Fall of 2015, Music by McLovins, Lyrics by Jake Huffman, Produced by Bill Sherman and Michael Novick, Engineered by Matthias Winter, Mixed by Douglas Derryberry, Mastered by Joe Lambert Mastering, Recorded at Yellow Sound Labs, New York, New York
- Talk About It
- Thick Of It
- Gold In The World
- Hit It, Quit It
- We Go Wild
- Hold Up
- Make 'em Like That
The McLovins subscribe to a free and open taping policy. They allow taping of any show where the venue also allows live taping. Matrix recordings of shows, a mix of soundboard and audience recordings, are available for many shows and all recordings are posted at Archive.Org for free download and sharing.
- "DYNNE by McLovins: Sweet Sound Don't Leave Me Now". Jamtopia. March 16, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Schedule". Nateva Festival. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "The McLovins, Tom Marshall and Anthony Krizan: The Making of "Cohesive"". Relix.com. June 10, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "The McLovins! FREE SUNDAY!". Brooklynbowl.com. March 7, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Need We Say More? > Reviews > Shows > The McLovins, Arch St. Tavern, Hartford, CT - 12/31". Jambands.com. January 17, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "McLovins on ESPN 2's SportsNation". Frequency.com. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "The McLovins". Archive.org. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- The McLovins in Rolling Stone online 
- The McLovins New Year's Eve review 
- WNPR: "The McLovins Perform Live" 
- JamBands.com Reviews "Good Catch" 
- Debut of new "On The Way Up" video 
- McLovins 3rd album "Who Knows" review 
- Best local bands in Connecticut 
- McLovins interview 
- Review of The McLovins at IronHorse 
- The McLovins on CPTV