STORY WRITTEN BY KEN KOLASINSKI
For Digital First Media
Is there a better way to celebrate the early days of spring than with some energetic music, plenty of laughs, the unbridled joy of children dancing and … flying toilet paper?
Yes, you read the last one right.
Those are just a couple things that make up all the boisterous fun of an Imagination Movers show.
If you’re a child, you’re most likely well versed with the Movers and their music. The band (Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott “Smitty” Smith) was a fixture on Disney Junior with its self-titled show.
If you’re a parent, you’re most likely thrilled that the Movers continue to make well-crafted, catchy, inventive music that can appeal to more than just your children.
As the Movers celebrate the release of their new CD/DVD “Licensed to Move,” the band will make an afternoon appearance at 1 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater this Sunday, April 12.
“Licensed to Move,” the Movers’ ninth CD, is filled with 13 high-spirited, clever songs that tap into all sorts of musical styles while also hitting on all sorts of themes kids face, live with and enjoy every day.
“It is definitely a different kind of album, especially the way we wrote it,” said Durbin. “Most of the time when we were doing the show, it was sort of composing on the fly in between takes. The album had a real band spirit to it.”
The frenetic “Following My Mom Around” and the horn-filled “Big Hola” are fantastic additions to the bands’ growing song catalog and highlight their ability to make kids music with an “adult” sound.
“This one has almost a punk sensibility. I think when we were recording it there were certain songs we had to dial back because they came across a little too aggressive. It really is a fun album. We recorded it with us all in the same room, playing the songs live.”
While the Movers are no strangers to the studio, the stage has traditionally been a place where they could push things musically, have fun and throw all sorts of things into the mix to keep adults in the audience entertained. (If you got to the Sellersville Theater Sunday afternoon, just try and keep track of the snippets of classic and current songs you’ll hear. I promise, you’ll lose count.)
One thing about being in the studio, you either love it or hate it,” said Durbin. “I think bands that are fantastic live and have a real energy are sometimes corralled by the recording experience. For us it was a bit of a departure to play the songs as an actual band live in a studio.
“A lot of the earlier albums had a bit more polished production to them, not to say they didn’t sound finished or anything. This album just has a warm feel to it that really comes across.”
To make the album happen in these uncertain time for the music business, the Movers opted to team up with someone very important to their success – their fans. The band used a PledgeMusic campaign to keep fans involved in virtually every step of the entire project – even help naming the album – with video updates, demo downloads and emails. Fans also had the opportunity to purchase items via a pledge in everything from the new CD to an in home concert and just about anything else Imagination Movers that you could think of.
“It was a great experience,” said Durbin. “You’re always wondering as you put yourself out there, how fans will support you. We didn’t know what the reaction was going to be to PledgeMusic. We sort of crossed our fingers and tried to create opportunities for people to get involved.
“It wasn’t just about funding the project, we were interested in creating these experiences for fans that we never had in the past, something like a Skype session with a super fan or creating a video music lesson to send out.
I think it was a thing where we really served our audience and reaped what we sow by their support so that we can create and continue to produce music and video. It really has been an awesome thing to see happen and watch come together,” Durbin said.
In addition to releasing “Licensed to Mover,” the Movers are also deep in the process of developing a new animated television series with 9 Story Entertainment entitled “Super Movers.”
“It’s something we’re really looking forward to seeing happen,” Durbin said. “But right now we’re really happy with the new music and the shows that go along with it. Getting a chance to deliver an age appropriate rock show experience to kids is just so much fun. You can’t beat it.”
IF YOU GO
Imagination Movers will be performing at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at Sellersville Theater, 24 W Temple Ave., Sellersville. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Call (215) 257-5808 or check www.st94.com. Tickets are $25.