Moody Slough, The Polyorchids have local flare

Winters-based band Moody Slough (featuring Joseph Sanders on guitar and vocals) will join The Polyorchids at The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Jan. 12. Courtesy photo

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On Friday, Jan. 12, The Palms Playhouse will present two bands rooted in Winters: Moody Slough and The Polyorchids. The show will start at 8 p.m.

Winters musician Joseph Sanders’ latest project is a solo outfit called Moody Slough, named after “an old beaten-up road in Winters.” While cutting his teeth in a few previous bands, notably EGG and Into the Zoo, Sanders demonstrated his talents as an instrumentalist. He has also grown into being a passionate singer and songwriter.

After participating in several larger ensembles, Sanders increasingly appreciates the sound of an acoustic guitar and a voice, and the simplicity it brings while writing a song. Although his recording features layers of instruments and vocals, the sound draws its power from the voice and acoustic guitar. Sanders wrote, “There is something to be said about music… making people feel a little less alone. Music has always been there to make me feel good. Moody Slough strives to return the favor.”

The Jan. 12 concert at The Palms will be a CD release show for Sanders’ new EP “Material Eyes.”

Playing first is Winters-based regional favorite The Polyorchids, a band known for a fast and loose mix of indie punk and folk music with literate lyrics, tight harmonies and propulsive beats.

Although the three men who comprise The Polyorchids — Justin Cox (guitar and vocals), Travis Cox (drums) and Tony Clark (bass and vocals) — played together in previous larger bands, the current band didn’t gel until 2015. Since then, they’ve released an EP (2016’s “Popgun”) and plan to release an album this spring.

Tickets for the Friday, Jan. 12 show are $15 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and at the door if not sold out.

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