CSC Funk Band
Spearheaded by Colin Langenus, the lead guitarist for prog-punk pioneers USA Is A Monster, CSC Funk Band celebrated its initial success by expanding the lineup to include players plucked from each point of the stylistic spectrum. Although initially concentrating on dancefloor-friendly funk jams, the embryonic group quickly grew out of its party-band britches by absorbing the diverse influence of its new members, including a former GWAR drummer, a keyboardist who plays with the Akron Family, an Anthony Braxton collaborator, and a trombonist for ska legends Bad Manners.
Rocking saxes, moog, guitars, trombones, drums, trumpets, a bass, and an oboe, the band is a random, diverse, and eclectic collective whose members draw from their rich histories to effortlessly entertain every flight of fancy while never once stepping out of sync or into categories. The psychedelic avalanche that the band effortlessly induces can be traced up the musical mountain to firm roots in technical mastery, avant-experimentation, and noise-punk ethos.
In 2010 the group released two 7”s on drummer Jim Thomson’s Electric Cowbell Records: “Bad Banana Bread/Caneca” and a split with Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Iron and Wine). Once the band’s Electric Cowbell 45’s caught the attention of Brooklyn’s legendary Fat Beats Records, the idea of a proper full-length release for 2011 began to take shape. The album balances slightly urgent and mildly aggressive tracks such as “Canaca” and “Fiesta” with more chill and casual tracks such as “Bad Banana Bread” and “Funk Shoppe.” Explains Jim, “The latter could be the soundtrack for when you’re searching for that spot in the grass to put your picnic blanket while the former tracks mentioned have that car chase under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at the end-of-the-world-Mayan-calendar vibe.”
The band is hot on the heels of two sought after 45′s, an Official Record Store Day 2011 limited edition 7” featuring an exclusive remix of “A Troll’s Soiree” and a 7” single featuring a track from critically acclaimed Light in the Attic DVD “Wheedle’s Groove.” Two great collector tracks to keep you satisfied until the band’s debut drops. "Things Are Getting Too Casual" is the band's first full-length and pairs them up with the legendary Fat Beats records out of Brooklyn.
An all-star collective known for mixing experimental rock and soul with Afrobeat, Soukous, Mbalax from West Africa as well as Cumbia and Tropicalia from South America, People's Champs is quickly establishing itself as one of Brooklyn's freshest new bands. With its "crazy ass genre mash ups", People's Champs rock 80s electro-accordion riffs, tasty R&B vocals and gritty drum grooves to create a sound that’s equal parts Fela Kuti, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, Michael Jackson, Tears for Fears and Dirty Projectors. Critics are calling People’s Champs a “New York supergroup!” (Lucid Culture) and "Well on their way to becoming NYC's de facto Funk and Afrobeat experience" (Deli Magazine).
Among many high-profile collaborations, its horn section, under the name The Superpower Horns, is the recording studio horn section of Beyoncé Knowles. They wrote and arranged the horn lines on Beyoncé's 2013 surprise album 'Beyoncé' as well as her 2011 effort '4'. "Love on Top", featuring The Superpower Horns, from '4' won a GRAMMY Award. When asked about the horn section, Beyoncé recently gushed, “those guys are genius!”
Members of People's Champs perform internationally with artists including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Delicate Steve, Tortured Soul, Cuddle Magic, Railbird, The Pimps of Joytime, John Brown's Body, Slavic Soul Party!, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and many others.
Mitra Sumara is a super group of New York City musicians dedicated to the vibrant pop and funk music of 60s/70s Iran. This big-band of 8 members plays hits by Iran’s beloved divas Googoosh, Pari Zangeneh, Parva, and intoxicating Bandari beat tunes by Zia Atabi.
The sound of pre-Revolutionary Iran mixes the beats of Fela Kuti, Salsa, and Disco; with Mid-East melodies, a cool LA breeze, and tragic poetry. Mitra Sumara captures all this and more. The band puts own spin on these infectious, funky, psychedelic tunes and plays new arrangements of traditional Iranian folk songs. Mitra Sumara brings on the hot Persian grooves with funky bass lines, deep interlocking percussion, and wailing brass to keep you dancing all night long!
Mitra Sumara is the creation of lead singer Yvette Perez who is half-Persian. The group features formidable musicians from all points of NYC’s rock, jazz, and experimental music scenes.