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Gnarlemagne / Press

“It's psychedelic, it's lively, it's moving and moody, and it's so very interesting. In short, there is no band out there that taps as many influences as Gnarlemagne while doing so in a manner that is seamlessly delicious.”

“Listening to “A Warm and Cozy Volcano,” the sophomore album from Gnarlemagne, the band’s growth over the last few years is immediately apparent—literally and figuratively. It features the same horn-happy core members that appeared on their 2009 debut, “Run for Shelter,” but there are also three new instrumentalists. The music retains the same boisterous energy that has made them one of the Seacoast’s favorite live acts, but the arrangements are more complex, and the lyrics more mature.”

“Of the songs played Sunday at Bull Moose, the opener, “Slow Roasting,” stood out as the most impressive composition. The song’s changes, particularly in the horns and the bass line, are sophistocated, and they demonstrate the band’s growth as collective songwriters.”

“With its boisterous horn section, its hook-heavy tunes and its R&B-Motown-Blues sensibilities, the band, which started by playing house parties at UNH and now keeps busy performing all over New England, is a hit with anyone who likes to dance.”

“We will not comment about Stu's fabulous hair.”

“The funky septet known as Gnarlemagne is about as far from gloomy as you can get ... this entourage borrows from the best of '70s funk, New Orleans soul and classic rock to produce high-spirited party music.”

“There's a lot going on here. The band seems to pull from a lot of different influences, and has created the perfect (and consistent) musical blend from these varied sources. You can hear elements of classic rock, swamp soul, gritty blues, and reggae, all slathered with a thick coat of funk that curls the upper lip, gets the head bobbin', and the feet movin'. Gnarlemagne need to be heard. This is the type of music the Seacoast music scene is in dire need of. It's fun, it's loud, and it's inviting.”

“One of the band's favorite places to get people moving is the Stone Church, where they'll be playing a Halloween show on Oct. 22. The show is a both a CD release party for Gnarlemagne's "Live at the Stone Church" album and a premiere party for the new music video for their song "Funky New Orleans." The band will be joined by their friends from The Primate Fiasco, an old school brass band from Northhampton, Mass.”

“Gnarlemagne is a blues/funk band who's tunes demand dancing. The band incorporates a horn section consisting of two trumpets, a saxophone and a trombone. This is not to be confused with Ska. Gnarlemagne works the horns into the mix really well and doesn't fit the mold you'd expect from a band with a brass section. The band's compositional style is reminicent of an earlier, less complicated time in music. The sounds of The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Jimmy Hendrix come through.”

“All band members are clearly in their element. All audience members are smiling way too hard.”