In the spotlight: JellyBones (VIDEO)

Fans of Algonquin band revel in their ’60s psychedelic vibe

With a second album expected this summer, the JellyBones are bringing more of a pop feel to their music. But loyal fans can expect that 1960s psychedelic vibe that brought the band together and keeps them “spiraling happily out of control.”

“Loyal,” by the way, is about the only way to describe those fans.
“They do everything they can to be at every show... just overall, they’re cool cats,” said 22-year-old Geon Tillinghast, the band’s drummer.

Made up of five Algonquin natives, ranging in age from 17 to 22, JellyBones formed about two years ago with 20-year-old Frank Lintzeris as lead singer and main songwriter.

The band plays regularly throughout the Chicago area, performing at 7 p.m. today at The House Cafe in DeKalb.

With an artist painting on stage during the set, the band believes in bringing its creativity both to the music and the performance.

Describing their music as “both Brian Jones-beachy and bottomless like Syd Barrett,” band members say they’re obsessed with Brian Jonestown Massacre, an eclectic group formed in the early 1990s, but “grounded by a tinge of grunge and wouldn’t sound out of place next to Nirvana’s more cynical tracks.”

More on the band can be found at as well as, a site created to help the band raise money for future albums.

Tillinghast talked about the band’s albums – “A Warm Banana Nut Muffin” released in 2011 and “You Better Be” (above) set for release in July – as well as their live shows and unique sound.


Algonquin band playing psychedelic/alternative music.

Frank Lintzeris, vocals/guitar; Henry Brennan, guitar/vocals; Ryan Ayers, bass; Geon Tillinghast, drums/vocals; and Eric Donati, guitar.

Email: jellybonesmusic


You’ve categorized yourself as ‘Psychedelic Erotica.’ Explain that a bit.
It’s kind of our joke genre. We’re not always the best at explaining how our style really sounds. I think if we’re trying to be more serious, we’d say 1960s psychedelic pop.

What are the influences for your albums?
(The most recent) album has definitely got a lot of 1960s psychedelic feel to it. You can see anything from really early Pink Floyd and I suppose The Beatles and John Lennon. The previous album is a lot different. It still has a ton of psychedelic vibes, but it may be a little bit darker, a little slower.

Does the band write all of its music?
Absolutely. From time to time, we’ll do a cover live. We do ‘La Bamba’ just as a joke. It’s a lot of fun, especially if we’re playing a show where people are drunk. Other than that, we don’t really do any covers.  It’s all original.

Do all of the members write?
We all play a heavy role in it. Frank (Lintzeris) is the main writer. He cranks out songs every day. We’re about to release our second album, and it’s 19 songs long. The next one is already written, and it has 20 songs. That’s not even recorded, but we’ve started writing the fourth, which also has 20... Frank is the main writer. Some of us will toss around ideas.

How would you describe your live performances? High energy?
We do have some songs that are a little slower. For the live show, we usually try to stick to the high energy ones. It’s not high energy like a Warped tour. It’s high energy where you can dance around and have a good time.

How is your style of music unique?
Everyone is always going to say they’re unique, but I feel as though we are. We try to bring a lot of creative points to the table that we feel are pretty original. It may not be specifically with our music, but the way we go about bringing it to the world.


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