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The Inciters / Press

“Excerpt (click link for full article): The tricky part of recreating music inspired by Northern Soul is keeping it new, fresh and alive. Half of the songs on Soul Clap are originals (the other half are covers of obscure gems from the Northern Soul era) with a choreographed stage show to match. the beauty of covering obscure soul songs from the past mixed with originals is that it is difficult to tell which is which. The originals are that good. The songs weave the horn section through each arrangement giving each song the layered and organic approach that defies most of today's soul music both by inspiration and passion. Although the original songs could have been written in the late 50's and early 60's in Memphis or Detroit, they don't ring nostalgic or derivative. It's not the listener who is being transported to another place and time, but the best music of a near-forgotten era being brought to our modern time; We are much in need of real music like this.”

“Excerpts: "The Inciters blend Stax/Volt-style R&B, mid 1960s British soul pop." "With Curtis Mayfield as a main architect of the beach music form as writer and producer, it's no wonder it was more guitar friendly than other forms of R&B and soul. Beach music was a foundation for the music of folks like Van Morrison and Graham Parker. This fact is not lost on the Inciters or producers Mike Luke and Andy Zenczak." "Singer Emily Pegoda delivers the tune with a charming, youthful voice and style that is an appearling cross between those of Shirley Ellis and Martha Reeves." "The album and Pegoda's best moments come with "Sweet Thing." "Like Booker T and the MGs, many soul bands are one-guitar outfits. But in addition to Micky Lee on rhythm, the Inciters also have Don Roland on lead. Roland chisels an opening for an uptempo "Hit 'Em Hard"..and surflicks in the instrumental "100" and bluesy riffs on "Big Bird" have him more than holding his own against an inspired horn section."”

“Eleven members strong, The Inciters have a sound as sweet as the northern soul born in the 1960s, long before their time. Over the course of a 16-year run and through a breakup, revival, and new members, the sunny tunes have enchanted Santa Cruz locals as the band and its fanbase continue to grow.The Inciters have played their way through Europe surviving from show to show between hostels and remained a staple of their hometown scene by staying true to their roots--and creating music that recalls the soul and sound of simpler times.”

“Excerpt: "The tricky part of recreating music inspired by Northern Soul is keeping it new, fresh and alive. Half of the songs on Soul Clap are originals (the other half are covers of obscure gems from the Northern Soul era) with a choreographed stage show to match. The beauty of covering obscure soul songs from the past mixed with originals is that it is difficult to tell which is which. The originals are that good. The songs weave the horn section through each arrangement giving each song the layered and organic approach that defies most of today's soul music both by inspiration and passion. Although the original songs could have been written in the late 50's and early 60's in Memphis or Detroit, they don't ring nostalgic or derivative. It's not the listener who is being transported to another place and time, but the best music of a near-forgotten era being brought to our modern time; We are much in need of real music like this."”

“Remember the sweet soul music of the 1960s that would pour through the car speakers as you drove with the windows down, and had the power to make the world look brighter? Santa Cruz’s The Inciters know all about producing that mesmerizing groove. “Sweet Thing,” the breakaway single off the band’s latest album, Soul Clap, could trick someone into believing that Berry Gordy has risen from the grave and signed a new group. “It’s hard to keep an 11-member band together,” Kendrick admits. “We had personal changes, people get married, and things happen.” After a few European tours, the original band ran its course. In 2009 The Inciters were resurrected, but Kendrick was insistent that the band create the exact same sound. “If it sounded different, I was going to change the name of the band and start something new,” he remembers. “The label in Europe flew somebody out to give a listen to make sure we had the same sound.” They passed the audition, and it’s been smo”

“The Inciters have a great new cd out titled Soul Clap with more half the tracks penned by various members of this 11 piece band. Recorded in Santa Cruz, the album includes a catchy instrumental called “100″ using family and friend shout outs taped live at Poet & Patriot Irish Pub. Not Motown, but Northern Soul made popular in the mid 70′s in the UK, the Inciter’s three lead vocalists have unique singing styles that set them apart from what we’re used to hearing. The Inciters...opened for Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings at Santa Cruz’s Rio Theater last November 2011 and delivered a knockout although short performance. The Inciters’ new recording, Soul Clap grabs you from the get go. Highly recommended.”

“Santa Cruz’s ’60s soul band, The Inciters, are having a CD release party for Soul Clap, their latest testimony to the beautiful rhythms of Motown’s heyday. Having played alongside acts such as Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, The Inciters are recognized internationally as groove makers with a smoking horn section and spot-on vocals. The Inciters had a decade-long successful run, famously in England, and have reformed in the last few years to even greater acclaim with an 11-piece band. Drop the needle into any track and be transported back in time. If Stax and Motown Records were able to calm their legendary feud, The Inciters would have been the result. | DNA INFO: 8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 423-8209. ”

"Taking its cue from mid-1960s American soul music, the U.K.-born genre known as northern soul is full of upbeat tempos and soulful vocals in the spirit of the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas and the Temptations. As local purveyors of the genre, the Inciters are a throwback in all the right ways. The 11-piece outfit has the rhythms, harmonies, band and soul to keep the house rocking all night, and whether crammed into a tiny venue or stretching out in a theatre, the Inciters are one of the must-see treasures of the Santa Cruz music scene."

“The Inciters are an international touring soul act from right here in Santa Cruz! They have a penchant for the deep soul music of the 1960’s, shining light on sounds and styles that have long since been forgotten. A hell of a live show and a real good time.”

“The Inciters play northern soul music, a genre that originated in the north of England in the 1960s. With 11 members wielding drums, bass, guitars, a full horn section, and three strong female vocalists, the Inciters have no problem filling a room with the sound of soul. At a recent evening practice session at Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios, the band members and their instruments crowded a little gray room with Persian style carpets and chest-high amps. The three vocalists take turns singing lead while the other two sing backup. Their choreography has an improvisational character to it as each of the singers cues off the moves of the others. ”

“There’s nothing like a little volcano ash to make a band bust a move. That’s what happened to Santa Cruz 11-piece soul ensemble The Inciters, when it got stuck in Germany because its plane was grounded due to a headline-making volcanic eruption in Iceland. The band thought it had finished its European tour, but with debris looming overhead and dues to pay for last-minute room and board in Hamburg, it was show time. “We had to hustle,” trumpeter Rick Kendrick begins, “we were all broke, running out of money at the end of a tour, and having to pay for all of us to stay at a hostel.” Kendrick laughs, “Luckily for us there were also clubs needing bands, so we were able to gig to play for our supper.” Ultimately, the group strutted its stuff, with one club holding a “benefit to get American band home.” Signed to a German label, performing to packed European crowds, swaying through the singles “Soul Clap” and, “The Hamburg Hustle,” they are finally returning to Sa”