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Wednesday, March 21

EP Review: Mouth, The New Era of Funk, Vol 1.

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MOUTH
THE NEW ERA OF FUNK
EP VOLUME 1
RELEASE DATE:FEB 1ST, 2012
AVAILABILITY:ONLINE SHOP & AT SHOWS
RECORDING TYPE:STUDIO
FILE TYPE:CD / MP3 256 KPBS


The trio of Mouth consisting of Jeremy Anderson (Guitar), Stephen Gunn (Drums), and Zach Rizer (Bass) from Kansas City, MO just released their first studio recorded EP called The New Era of Funk. Mouth, a band known for having multiple recorded shows/sets for fans listening pleasure took to the studio for the first time with Dan Gable who does sound/recording for the band and created a funky all instrumental spacey video game like 3 track EP. 

The first track “Snake Charmer” is definitely a sign of where funk music may be heading in the future with an all instrumental jams as well as the added light wobble sound, it is a track that reminds me of Blue Tech and members of STS9 joining forces to make a quick jam off the top of their heads.  The song is perfect for a live show with its mellow methodical groovy sounds that seem to be taken from an alien spaceship and all you need to do is add lights for the trip. “Moufhaus” the second track on the album brings out their more funky side with Zach Rizer really controlling the bass line and the addition of a saxophone and trumpet to give you that retro funk feeling. A fairly simple groovy track that you may hear as electronica elevator music you can still get your sensual dancing on to this one, and look for the deeply hidden space sounds they add to it as it seems to be their signature move. The last track “Theme from the End of the World”, doesn’t really remind me of that but more so just three guys playing some instruments in a garage, playing with a soundboard, reading each others moves, and luckily they were recording because what they created came out clean. 

The New Era of Funk seems to be a simple album for me, don’t get me wrong I can groove to it all day long, just don’t expect any really high points or explosions of funk madness. It takes you for a simple smooth ride through space where you pay to play it safe. Listening to the album I get the sense that seeing this done live is a whole different experience with the added production and feeding off the crowd, and maybe that’s is why it took them so long to release a studio EP and a three track one at that. Being live music fans we know what comes out of the studio translates into a whole different plane when put in front of a massive dancing crowd, up on a stage arising above it all.
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