The transition from 2015 to 2016 was a hectic time for Bencoolen. The rock and roll outfit found themselves ramping up from the occasional local performances to touring all of the east coast, while incorporating new members into the group. With this new, solidified lineup, Bencoolen has evolved into a maximalist rock group featuring soaring vocals, stunning guitar work, and a soulful saxophone lines, all backed by a tight rhythm section. Together they have been hired as opening support for Big Something, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Atlas Road Crew, the Mowgli’s, and Marcus King Band. Bencoolen has also picked up festival slots in NC, VA, and DE, headlined by a stop at Firefly Music Festival in 2017.
One No Depression writer described Bencoolen’s live act as, “Everything I had hoped for. Their enthusiasm and energy filled the room as the crowd looked on, filling up the venue with a prominent and boisterous vibrancy.”
Their latest EP earned a rave review from Ethnocloud that stated, “’In Color’ is a delightful release that sheds inhibitions or molds that a young band is ‘expected’ to fulfill.”
Independent Artist Buzz said, “Bencoolen’s energy throughout the record is infectious. I feel like I am at a party right from the start… I can only imagine what the band sounds like live.”
Using their 2 EP’s as a backbone, founding members Paul Gregg (guitar, vocals) and Teddy Scott (guitar) look to build on the strengths of the band’s newest members to road test their new songs this fall while continuing to hone their live performance. The pair grew up living opposite lives, with Paul splitting his childhood between the exciting energy of Singapore and New York and Teddy spending his in a quiet, Connecticut town. Somehow they ended up together at college in Washington DC, where they attended engineering school, won softball championships, and of course started a band.
Bencoolen is now touring in support of their recently released single, “Spotlight” which has already been featured in a Paste Magazine column and with Live Music Daily. The recording was built on a live room recording at Inner Ear studio in Virginia with legendary engineer Don Zientara. Don has recorded for a wide range of artists from the Foo Fighters to Fugazi.