Formed in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Morning Teleportation are a band that mix various genres from rock and roll, psychedelia, indie rock to jazz. The genesis of the band came in 2005, after Tiger Merrit moved from Chicago to Bowling Green, where Merrit, the lead guitarist and vocalist, was reunited in with his childhood friend Travis Goodwin, who provides keyboard, saxophone and additional vocals.
In recent years, they have been recording new material in studios and playing to crowds at festivals like Bonnaroo and Sasquatch, or supporting bands like Cage the Elephant and The Flaming Lips. The band produces a myriad of sounds from improvisational mayhem to melodious twists and turns. Merrit’s vocals move sharply around a hectic background beat, and although this may sound modern, the duo is just as content with a classic rock sound, that can entertain an audience. Morning Teleportation combine a house party, a futuristic hootenanny and a backroom jam session all in one!
Oliver Simpson from Magic City Bands asked them about their music style, performance and themselves:
Oliver: What inspired your music style?
Morning Teleportation: Between all the members, we enjoy a wide variety of music that has shaped our sound. An appreciation for the classics, be it soul, jazz, or classic rock is an integral part of our background, but we definitely keep up with our contemporaries and friends. The innovators in any genre are always working listening to for new ideas. All in all though, having a great time and sharing that with others is what influences our sound the most.
OS: What is your favorite song to perform?
MT: Our favorite songs to perform totally depend on what mood we are in. Sometimes the upbeat tunes feel the best and other times the slower ones do. “Whole Hearted Drifting Sense of Inertia” has always been one of our favorite songs to perform live, because it has a wide variety of parts and allows us to improvise.
OS: Have you performed in Birmingham before?
MT: We have performed at the Bottletree and WorkPlay with Cage.
OS: What can you tell the audience about your new material?
MT: With the release of Salivating for Symbiosis, we have a plethora of new material from that album and some other material that we have up our sleeves that we may just bust out here and there. Fans can expect to hear songs such as “Riot in Time”, “Salivating for Symbiosis”, and “Rocks Gears Desert Truckin’” just to name a few.
OS: Lastly, what can the audience expect from the show at the Saturn venue in Birmingham?
MT: We don’t want to give away all of our surprises, but can safely say we can guarantee a fun night!
Morning Teleportation will be porting into the Saturn music venue this Saturday, September 16! For more information on the band look here. The band will be joined by Dogwood Lung. The music starts at 9 p.m.
Saturn is located at 200 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222.
Photo by Kane Stewart.