Free Moral Agents don't sound like anyone else, in the good kind of way. You wouldn't be wrong to say there's a distinct blend of trip-hop, funk, psychedelic, soul and rock at play in their vibe, but it's a fresh kind of take. The quintet began as a solo project for keyboardist Ikey Owens (who also does time in the Mars Volta), but soon morphed into a full-fledged band, featuring singer Mendee Ichikawa, drummer Ryan Reiff, guitarist Jesse Carzello and bassist Dennis Owens.
If you missed the band last week at the Prospector, they will be playing tonight at the Blue Cafe Underground in Long Beach. Even though their sound can not be completely defined, one thing's for certain: asses are sure to shake.
Here are a few questions answered by bassist Dennis Owens.
OC Weekly (Ryan Ritchie): What is a Free Moral Agent? And isn't that bad business by making it free? I mean, why not charge a little? After all, this is America.
Thursday is not the new Friday–I still have to go to work the next morning! Show starts early. Wild Pack of Canaries goes on at 9:30 p.m. Physical Forms goes on at 10:30, and we go on at 11:30.
Free Moral Agents performs with Wild Pack of Canaries and Physical Forms at the Blue Cafe Underground, 217 Pine Ave., Long Beach; www.bluecafelive.com. Thurs., Jan. 13, 9 p.m. $10. 21+.