By AARON GAGER
Blueox, a Jersey City psych-rock duo channels the spirit of both 1970’s-era Pink Floyd and today’s My Morning Jacket, even adds a splash of Afrobeat.
The band debuted two original songs “Walk Tall” and “Panic Attack” in 2019 and have more single song releases leading to their debut EP release this Summer.
The band pays tribute to the Grateful Dead with the release of their video version of “Brokedown Palace.”
BLUEOX is Kieran Sullivan (CC Roots) and Donny Dykowsky (Chesterwhite) on all vocals, instruments, and production.
The band decided to record “Brokedown Palace” as part of The Dead Covers Project 2020.
“Our manager Pete, a long-time friend and fellow Deadhead, put the Dead Covers Project on our radar and told us we need to be a part of this,” Sullivan said. “As soon as I heard we needed to pick a tune from American Beauty or Workingman’s Dead, “Brokedown Palace” was my first choice. Before I could answer, Donny had already replied to the thread, ‘how about Brokedown?’
“As usual, Donny and I were on that same telepathic BLUEOX vibe we always have,” explained Sullivan. “This song hits me so deep in the heart and soul, as I know it does for many of us Deadheads. I ran into a lot of trouble in my teens, and in the summer of ‘94 I ran off to Giants Stadium to see the Dead and didn’t come back for quite some time. The music and the culture were always there for me and brought me back to the light and love.
“We aimed to capture the spirit of ‘Brokedown Palace,’ while interpreting the song our own way,” said Dykowsky. “This recording features just Kieran and I on all instruments and vocals, but the goal was to have it feel like a band. The companion video for our version of the song features in-studio recording footage, and the full band running the song live at our rehearsal space. Keeping with the spirit of BLUEOX and the Grateful Dead, the source material is coupled with trippy animations, liquid light visuals, and lyrics.”