SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA performing ‘NEVERMIND’
DEAD ORIGINAL and CIRCLE OF HEAT’s Tribute to RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (featuring D. MILLS and TREVOR ANDERSON on vocals)
SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA
Smells Like Nirvana is composed of seasoned pros and die-hard-fans of Nirvana fronted by Paul Wandtke (ex Trivium, Dead Original), drummer Nick Shabatura (Absent Mind) and Chris Tobler on bass. Their live tribute to Nirvana is a haunting episode of grunge filled angst playing songs from Nirvana’s albums Bleach, Nevermind, In Utero and MTV Unplugged as well as rare b-sides and more; played without click tracks or backing tracks, a trait that is rare in today’s contemporary musical landscape, a trait and philosophy that Nirvana lived by.
Dead Original is a grunge infused trio started by Paul Wandtke whom got his start in the music industry as a work for hire drummer (ex Trivium and the hit musical Rock of Ages). Feeling inspired to pick up a guitar, he now fronts Dead Original with Nick Rich on drums and Sean McCole on bass. Dead Original is a blend of grunge, groove power, simple riffs, melodic hooks and some progressive elements via some tastefully placed odd meters.
Based in Minneapolis, Circle of Heat is a rock band at its core. Drawing inspiration from genres such as funk, jazz, prog, classic and '90s rock, their music is ever expanding into an original sound with a familiar feel. For their sophomore album, 2016’s Some People Say, Circle of Heat continued their focus on musicianship and diversity in songwriting all while allowing room for the spontaneity and improvisation that make their live performances such unique experiences.
With over seven years, hundreds of shows and thousands of miles under their belt, Circle of Heat continues to push themselves. Playing many of the Midwest’s top festivals (Summerfest, Wookiefoot’s ‘Shangri-La’ & ‘Revival’, 80/35 and Big Wu Family Reunion) as well as a year-long weekly residency performing on the legendary stage at the Cabooze in Minneapolis has allowed them to collaborate with local and national acts alike (The Motet, Dopapod, Kung Fu, Particle, Delhi 2 Dublin, The Big Wu). As they forge ahead, Circle of Heat makes these promises: they will always bring contagious energy and new music to the stage, and they will always be there on time.