It all Tastes Like Chicken: Florence band ready for next big step
The phrase “tastes like chicken” is commonly heard as people search for ways to describe the familiar taste of more exotic meats.
And it was used originally as a joke for a local band called – you guessed it – Tastes Like Chicken when they tried to describe their sound upon formation nearly six years ago.
“Because it has a familiar taste, but still, you can’t put your finger on it,” said Lance Shirley, lead singer and songwriter. “Our music is kind of like that. It’s got elements of jazz and rock and country, which makes us sound different than most. It’s really hard to put us in a genre … we kind of bend all the different genres.”
With a jazzy saxophonist, a gospel drummer and a bassist who loves to jam, it is easy to see how the band is a medley of sounds. Though the group’s sound cannot be confined to any one genre, Shirley said, the band’s closest comparison is likely The Dave Matthews Band.
Made of Lance Shirley and his brother, Chad, who plays the acoustic guitar, as well as Bobby Roberts on saxophone, Shane Rogers on bass and Drip McCullough on the drums, Tastes Like Chicken played its very first show on Halloween in 2010 at what used to be Therapy Now.
But a lot has changed for the band since that day.
They morphed quickly from a group of friends testing the waters to a five-member band performing weekly at bars, live music venues and festivals across the state.
Now, the band is preparing for its next big step after signing with Sara Knight of KnightMoves Productions in California and making plans for a new record.
“Since we got with her, things have kind of taken off. … We’ve got the CD we’re about to go in and do, working on a bunch of merchandise and stuff like that. She’s going to route us in tours all around and get us on the festival scene,” Shirley said. “Hopefully big things in the works.”
Shirley said his band made the connection with KnightMoves through Morgan’s Road, another local band that signed with Knight’s company.
“Music seems to be a real network,” he said.
It helps to know other bands and artists in the local music scene, Shirley said, and it’s not hard to do in a smaller market like Florence where performers play gigs together every weekend.
Tastes Like Chicken plays J. Michael’s Bar and Grill in Florence on Friday and again at the Dead Dog Saloon in Murrell’s Inlet on July 31.
But within the year, Shirley and his bandmates hope to have tour dates across the Southeast and maybe even the country.
“Big festivals, that’s what we want to get into,” he said.