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Oobleck / Press

“...The all-instrumental Capital Region quintent are unabashed about their use of syncopated grooves and feel-good horn improvisations. But they’re not in the business of Jamming them down your throat. Take, for instance, Rise + Shine, the group’s new conceptual full-length, forged this February as part of the RPM Challenge. The disc is a literal day-in-the-life. Over eight tracks, the players awake, head off to work, get home, kick back, and ready themselves to do it all over again. Sure, there’s a party in there, or, more significantly there’s that surfing-through-the-bullshit vibe that funk is good for, but it doesn’t subscribe to the idea that NoLA-style improvisation is only valid after hours...”

“This 6 piece horn band plays originals that makes it hard to just sit and listen to. If you don’t get an irresistible urge to move your feet, you probably have no soul.”

“The band released the album [Tell Your Mom I Said Hi] this week, and we’ve enjoyed spinning through it. We must warn you, though: there’s some possibility it might induce chair dancing.”

“Sometimes they pump out the stone-cold soul-funk of the JBs. Sometimes they veer into the Afro-funk of Fela Kuti. And sometimes – especially on the album closers “Funk Sucker” and “Waiting for Ryan” – they head off into Frank Zappa’s Grand Wazoo territory. As they write in their band bio, “When we say funk, we actually mean funked-out-afro-rock-grunge-dub-whatever.” And it all works marvelously. The horns make for a tight, potent ensemble, punctuating the in-the-pocket grooves with a precise, almost percussive-like attack.”