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Ear makes funk music flop

October 16, 2011
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Earphunk’s Mark Hempe and Paul Provotsy attempt to bring the crowd together at 3 Docs Brewhouse. – Submitted photo

MARY TIMMONS
Associate Editor

3 Docs Brewhouse was far from funky last Saturday when Earphunk took the stage.

The New Orleans-inspired funk band claims to have put together fresh funky spin on old funky styles.

Unfortunately, this seems to be a style that the Tech community is not quite ready to hear.

Though there seemed to be a few people in front of the stage dancing with the band, the majority of attendees enjoyed hanging out on the patio instead of actually listening to the band perform.

Gage Viola, a junior general studies major, said he preferred to stay outside during the band’s performance.

“There is a reason I’m not inside,” Viola said. “I’d rather be outside drinking. It sounds like a bunch of beating and it’s not something I fancy.”

Viola said the only reason he really remembered the band playing was when someone would walk in and out of the building.

“No one is really inside dancing and we can’t really hear them,” Viola said. “I think we will be going somewhere else to party soon.”

I’m not sure if it was the good drinks or free cover that brought people into the bar that night, but I have a feeling it definitely wasn’t Earphunk.

Natalie Rabb, a sophomore communication design, major said she came out to 3 Docs not for the band but because she didn’t have to pay cover if she arrived before midnight.

“I kind of liked it when I couldn’t hear the band playing,” Rabb said. “I tuned them out most of the time. I like reggae but funk is not something I typically listen to.”

Though she didn’t come to listen to the band, Rabb said that she could hear them during certain times throughout the night.

“Good music is like sex to the ears,” Rabb said. “This is more like that annoying girl chattering in your ear.”

The band’s lack of originality turned me off from the beginning but their inability to involve the audience lost my attention all together.

This is a band that didn’t lack talent, but their stage presence was anything but engaging or interesting.

More people were on the patio and outside the entrance than actually listening to the band.

Honestly, 3 Docs skeeball machine and racing video game got more attention from me than the band actually did.

Earphunk isn’t being bashed because they can’t play. The loud guitar and drum solos proved they could do that much.

However, when the bartenders are louder than the vocalist, it shows that the members should definitely practice more.

An important factor when playing for the Ruston college crowd is being able to engage the audience with your performance.

When the audience loses interest, this leaves no hope for the band.

This band is just as capable as any other performer. They have all the talents required for making a band. Their members can play instruments and some of them can even sing, but this is only useful if you can find a fan base to follow you.

When more people would rather go outside and talk to their friends than listen to a band play, this is a problem for any aspiring musicians. When you lose your fan base, you have nothing.

Earphunk should work on its sound and individuality and return to Ruston when it doesn’t sound like just another band I’ve heard.

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