The Werks will headline Bass Jam 3 Saturday, May 5, in the Newport Music Hall. Openers include Ill-esha, The Floorwalkers and more. Tickets are $15/$17. Visit www.promowestlive.com.
A band with a significant regional fan base often finds itself thinking of several places as "home."
But The Beat was able to get The Werks guitarist Chris Houser to confess Columbus "is our best market."
The Dayton-based quartet will hold CD release shows in northern Ohio, Covington, Ky., and Columbus, "places that have given us so much," Houser said.
The rising post-jam outfit takes its cue from the varied musical histories of its members.
"Our sound is the product of us taking our favorite parts of different genres and incorporating them into this jamming style," Houser explained.
Born from the ashes of two now-defunct bands, The Werks started out as a traditional bluegrass-influenced jam rock band, but evolved into a rock band comfortable with influences from classic rock to R&B/funk to electronic.
The band's new, self-titled record, features songs both new and old, Houser said.
"We had some newer songs, but we also had some songs that had never been included on an album, so we went back and took a look at some of those, too," he said.
"There were certain songs and certain things we wanted to explore in the studio. We feel like we absolutely met our goal," Houser said
Among the songs is Golden Shores, a tune Houser wrote several years back for his father, who was fighting cancer.
"I was honored the guys wanted that one on there," he said.
Houser said The Werks is looking forward to bringing some of what it worked on in studio to its live show – which has always been the linchpin of the band's existence.
"We have fans from young to old, jam fans to college kids to hard rockers and even some into DJ and electronic stuff," he said.
"There's a part in every show for every person. And we have fun with each other on stage – I think that's what connects with the audience."