Abandon Theory has been explained as "the Violent Femmes meets Jack Johnson at a rave." - anonymous fan. “The band has a groovy, acoustic roots style that is both lively and dynamic.” - J. DLT. Sacramento News and Review.
Abandon Theory is a banjo rock band with a sound much larger than one would expect from just three musicians. Jesse (vocals and acoustic guitar) creates melodies that catch your ear and transport you to another world. The lyrics do the same as they weave captivating stories or invite you to ponder philosophical quandaries. Randy (drums) has a unique set up that adds bongos and timbales to the traditional drum kit. He has a polyrhythmic style, which creates the illusion of a drummer and a percussionist playing simultaneously. Jhon completes the trio with bass and banjo. He makes the people move by adding the groove, and infuses the music with energy by adding spirited solos. His style is creative and non-traditional (he uses effects that are usually reserved for the electric guitar) on both the bass and banjo.
Abandon Theory creates a world of harmonious contradictions. Their music can be relaxed and acoustic, or exciting and danceable, fun and light hearted or thought provoking and contemplative. They are as much at ease playing a waltz, a reggae groove, or a club beat.
You might guess that the target audience for Abandon Theory would be hippies and the party crowd, and they do make up a significant percentage of the fan base. However, at an Abandon Theory show you are as likely to see an elderly couple swing dancing, as grade school kids enthusiastically jumping up and down.
The band loves to play music together and never shies away from an opportunity to perform. They have played every type of venue across the country from coffee shop to honky-tonk, and back yard party to amphitheater. After playing a show at a notoriously rough hard rock/metal club, the promoter, Jay Pate, was quoted in the newspaper the next day “Anyone that brings a banjo on stage at the Town Pump might expect to be attacked with a pool stick, instead Abandon Theory commanded the audience’s attention with intelligent lyrics, jumpy hooks, and enough dynamics to make Tool bust a nut!”