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In this edition of Staff Picks: a New Orleans quintet selling out clubs and theaters across the US. Earphunk is rooted in the Crescent City, a city responsible for laying the roots of funk music. Quickly emerging as one of the top young acts from the New Orleans scene, the band is poised make their prog-funk sound the next phase in NOLA funk’s evolution.
At first listen, it’s easy to identify that all five members of the band are born and raised in the legendary music town, but to call them a New Orleans-style funk band wouldn’t be accurate. Chocked full of epic guitar solos and trancing synth-driven jams, the band’s brand of “prog-funk” is more high energy than classic New Orleans funk.
“Our sound came from our love of classic New Orleans styled funk bands like the Meters, and the distorted guitar sounds of classic and modern rock. Prog-funk is that combination, a more aggressive funk edge that is Earphunk” – Paul Provosty, guitarist
Aggressive funk edge, indeed. The band’s high energy shows feature improvised, psychedelic jams with guitar solos more reminiscent of arena rock guitar gods. On recent tour dates, the band has found a fine balance between these intense high energy jams and more groove-based, synth heavy trances, creating a dynamic that pushes their mesmerizing sets to new heights.
In anticipation of the band’s next LP release expected this fall, Earphunk has made their last LP, No 9 to 5 available for free download with their new BitTorrent Bundle. Fans can get the album for free and enter their e-mail address to unlock 27 – The Remix EP and a live set from the band’s recent show supporting Lettuce at The Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN.
Check out Earphunk on tour this Summer around the US. In between stops at the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, MI and supporting dates with 311, the band will be hitting cities across the country before heading home to prep their fall LP release.
Download the Phunk Bundle, check out their tour schedule, and pick up a ticket to see them this Summer.
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