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New Orleans band brings the funk

March 28, 2013

 

Earphunk, a modern-funk band native to New Orleans, performed Thursday at 3 Docs Brew House. - Photo by Tyler Brown

CODY SEXTON
Staff Reporter

 

The smooth and soulful sound of funk and jazz is as much a part of the novelty of Louisiana as Mardi Gras and peeling crawfish.

 

My knowledge of jazz does not surpass knowing the words to Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music White Boy” and the episode of “Glee” where the kids covered “Give Up the Funk.”

 

However, when New Orleans natives, Earphunk, performed at 3 Docs Brew House Saturday, listeners did not need to understand the music; they (myself included) could feel it.

 

The band was promoting their new album, “No Nine to Five,” which is available on their website as a free download.

 

Earphunk’s music is a modern take on the signature sounds that made the ‘60s and ‘70s iconic.

 

The band’s sound consists of rhythm and lead guitar, bass, drums and some funky keys.

 

Few of the songs had lyrical content, but as I learned, that is not always necessary for a listener to understand what a song is about.

 

The powerful soul in funk music and the band’s high energy radiated from the stage.

 

With an original sound and a unique stage presence, Earphunk was intoxicating.

 

Each strum of a guitar or sound of brass transported me to a New Orleans dive bar, where little mattered but the high volume of the music and drink in my cup.

 

While the music might not have been for everyone in attendance, at least it provided suitable background music for those who were just out for a drink or game of pool.

 

Its sound, which is more popular in southern parts of Louisiana, were in stark contrast with country music that is mostly desired here.

 

To others, the band brought about a carefree spirit that inspired them to dance with zero inhibitions, from a slight sway of the body to a full on frenzy of movement.

 

Like any other show I have been to at 3 Docs, the crowd was pretty intimate until midnight, but that added to the atmosphere.

 

Unless I am at a large venue for a Top 40s artist, I prefer a smaller crowd with more focus on the performers.

 

The fact that most of their show is improvised speaks greatly of the band’s cohesion and how in-sync they were with each other.

 

The band itself has performed in over 40 cities in the past 12 months, during which they performed at Wakarusa Music Festival, Bear Creek Music Festival and The Purple Hatters Ball.

 

They have also shared the stage with several acts like Galactic, Big Gigantic, Toubab Krewe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zoogma and Perpetual Groove.

 

Personally, I enjoyed the show and the unique sound that Earphunk had.

 

They brought a down and dirty, feel-good sound only a band from the “Big Easy” could create.

 

Though I did find the band appropriate for the bar scene, I doubt they are something I would make a point to listen to in my car or suggest to a friend.

 

But if they came on my iTunes while I was washing dishes, I would not rush to turn them off.

 

Email comments to cls068@latech.edu.

 

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