The Strange Parade is the Doors concert experience, live and revived. Not a single song is a copy of an album recording; everything the band does is inspired by the live direction of the original group. Four members, improvisation, theatrics, and the unknown -- these are the elements of The Strange Parade:
Matthew Barham, the singer and frontman, leads the group delivering the energy and voice of Jim Morrison no holds barred. The homework has been done, and this means unexpected ramblings and performances that dig deep into not only the Doors music and Morrison's poetry, but into the scattered history of rock and roll music itself, and the obscure.
Ryan Millard plays the guitar for the group -- a lively and studious musician, he can also be seen performing for the Boulder Dinner Theater as well as the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins. Whether taking off on roaring solos or providing a harmonic companion, Ryan follows and leads with his instrument, ready to go wherever the music intends on each unique night.
A fierce jazz musician with name-dropping knowledge, Ben Thompson handles two roles with the finesse and expertise of a master pianist. Handling both bass and keyboard lines with his left and right hands, Ben has a background in jazz that reaches deep into his roots. Previously working with names such as Michael Stern, Chris Deviney, and She-e Wu, Ben takes the stage with The Strange Parade while also continuing academic and musical pursuits, with multiple projects throughout Boulder and Denver.
Like the lightning before the thunder, Tober Schorr sends the energy the band thrives on through his drums and into the bones of each member, striking with a ferocious crack that keeps the groove propelled and tight. Studious of the original material he takes what came and pushes it forward into what can be; nothing is beyond his reach, and when the others spiral outwards into the music they can look to the heartbeat he provides and find a way back to the ground.