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Genre: Rock

Website: http://www.thesaucemusic.com

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The fire burns brighter the darker it gets.

Lure Me In


The Sauce is a quartet from Portland, Maine that has been playing together for four years. Long noted for their spontaneous and energetic live show, creative arrangements, and continual instrument switching, The Sauce were identified by Sam Pfiefle of the Portland Phoenix as the best among the crop of young bands emerging from the Portland scene in the early 2000s for their 2004 debut album. "I Smell a Sitcom" was written and recorded prior to a legal dispute with the 7-Eleven Corporation, while they were still known as The Slurpees, and was ranked by the Portland Phoenix as one of the top 20 local releases of the year, alongside such now national acts as Ray Lamontagne, Paranoid Social Club, and As Fast As.

More recently, The Sauce have begun to weave new elements into their music, drawing upon influences as diverse as the rootsy Americana of the Band, the disco-funk of Earth Wind & Fire, the intelligence, humor and pop sensibilities of The Beatles, and the theatrical grandeur of such rockers as Queen, Jeff Buckley, and The Who. All four members, noted for their precocious musicianship, are creative songsmiths and arrangers and have combined their various talents to craft suites of diverse songs.

Beginning in June 2005, The Sauce entered the studio to capture this material with Big Sound Studio's Jack Murray (noted in Mix Magazine for working with blues legend Little Milton), and the resulting 78 minute-long album ranges in style from intimate acoustic music indebted to Elliott Smith to smart jazz-pop reminiscent of the Zombies to raucous studio creations that would make Radiohead, Wilco, or Jim O'Rourke proud. They are now touring behind this latest album, "Elk Movement", and have lost nothing of their familiar frenetic live energy.