Local band Triathalon has been performing at the Savannah Stopover festival for years now - but with their members split around the country at the moment, Hunter Jayne, who is usually on keyboard, has recruited some of the city's other skilled musicians to help fill in the gap, playing as Taze Daze this March.
Talking to him while sipping a drink outside McDonough's, the young Savannah College of Art and Design graduate shares his love of music, of experimenting with styles and instruments, and the Savannah music scene. While he started Taze Daze as a solo act several years ago, where he could work on pieces distinct from the styles of Triathalon or his other band, Wet Socks, he hasn't put on many shows under the name just yet.
Normally working from a small home studio where he plays, records and masters much of his own work, for the festival Jayne will be performing - he expects, anyway - with local solo artist Jeff Zagers, Veronica Garcia (Street Clothes) and Daniel Lynch (Cray Bags and Sunglow).
"One of the things I love about Savannah is that there are all these great musicians you can depend on to do a good show," he says.
A last-minute replacement in this year's Stopover festival, they haven't had a lot of time to practice as a group, but Jayne says it's coming together quite well, with everyone bringing in their own take on his songs in a great way. Even though Taze Daze exists for him to do some concept work, he says "it's not about getting pretentious with the music, or making something inaccessible, just trying new things."
His work with Triathalon has kept him busy touring off and on during much of the last year, and that's put a bit of a hold on Taze Daze, not that Jayne minded especially, as he talks about his friendships with Adam Intrator and Chad Chilton, both of whom have moved out of the area to begin building up Triathalon's presence outside of Savannah.
He laments that during a tour last fall, his apartment was broken into and much of the work he'd done for Taze Daze, almost ready for putting into an LP release, was stolen.
"It took a year or more to get things to that point, and it's gone a lot faster reconstructing things, but it's also a little different this time, too," he explains. "I was just in mourning during the rest of that tour after we found out, though."
It sounds like Taze Daze defies easy classification, listening to him talk about what they've been doing. In the space of a single breath, he uses the words "surf," "new wave," "pop," "synth" and then just shrugs. "It's sort of a free-flow, free-reign melting pot."
9 p.m. March 9
El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.