The Blurred Odyssey Across Florida Tour The Sh-Booms with special guests Hurricane Party, The Haunt and Summer Gill There's this dynamic that churns hard in The Blurred Odyssey, the debut full-length album
The Blurred Odyssey Across Florida Tour
The Sh-Booms with special guests Hurricane Party, The Haunt and Summer Gill
There’s this dynamic that churns hard in The Blurred Odyssey, the debut full-length album by ascendant Orlando garage-soul enterprise The Sh-Booms, out March 22, 2019 on Limited Fanfare Records. The music pumps with the hot, red blood of life irrepressible. But there’s a cloud on the horizon, the doomed sense of life’s finitude, that fueled these songs. Rather than dead-end nihilism, though, it’s resulted in the kind of urgent, creative friction that Hunter S. Thompson could get down with. In making this album, The Sh-Booms have dug through the blur of life, swam through a sea of booze, to find love and truth in the shadow of the void.Although a soul band through and through, the grease and bite they’ve been picking up in the years leading up to this big step out have been forged in the bad company of punk and garage bands. From that underground now rises a new hurricane of big orchestration, maximum stomp and fresh intent. It’s a little ache and a lot of party all wrapped up in a wrecking ball.Since their 2011 inception, The Sh-Booms have become kind of a thing in their native scene and beyond. Besides perennial winners of “Best Soul Act” in the Orlando Weekly’s big annual Best of Orlando issue, they’ve been tapped to share the stage with national names like The Roots, Of Montreal, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Jacuzzi Boys, Budos Band, Big Freedia, Lee Fields, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and The B-52’s (whom the band toured with in 2017 and 2018). They’ve been featured on NPR, their music has been made it on TV (CW’s Supergirl) and they’ve played Austin City Limits, Okeechobee Music Festival, SunFest and Gasparilla Music Festivals.Since powerhouse singer Brenda Radney joined in 2015, the band’s course has been locked, their date with destiny set. She was signed to Justin Timberlake’s Tennman label, even appearing on his album, The 20/20 Experience, Pt. 2. But after clicking with band leader Al Ruiz while recording separately in the same studio, she jumped aboard The Sh-Booms to turn this train into a true locomotive. After the release of their 2016 Usage Fee EP and a countless number of shows in the Southeast, the 10 songs along The Blurred Odyssey were Produced by Grammy-nominated Alan Armitage (AA Villain) over an 18-month span that cemented the band as a tight-knit unit. That chemistry achieved is where The Sh-Booms are now, and The Blurred Odyssey is their testament. The seas are stirrin’……The storm’s a-brewin’
If you never saw the late, great Charles Bradley or any of his Dap Records cohorts, you missed an experience that only soul music can provide. All great art makes the user feel something; soul music touches your entire being, an all-encompassing embodiment of what it means to be alive.
Artists like Amy Winehouse had a lot to do with re-introducing a ’60s soul sensibility to a new mainstream. Yes, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the Detroit Cobras and many others had been at it long before Winehouse’s “Back to Black” album broke through in 2006 with the Dap Kings as her studio band. But her fiery embrace of the music in all its soul-stirring glory — and her uncut 21st Century lyrics and persona — created a pop phenomenon.
So bands like the Sh-Booms owe a bit of gratitude to the fallen British songbird as well as to Bradley and the late Jones. And none of those forbears is with us any longer to help keep the soul revival stoked. So with that genuflection properly seen to, let’s move on to how the Sh-Booms, with singer Brenda Radney front and center, will blow your mind with their nine-player rock and soul revue.
The band made its bones in Orlando, which remains a base and a source of community support even as the Sh-Booms have gained national momentum touring with big-name acts including the B-52’s, being profiled on NPR’ s “Weekend Edition” and having their music featured in an episode of the CW’s “Supergirl.”
The cool thing about being in a soul band in 2019 is how wide-open the frontier is. The Sh-Booms have shared stages with hip-hoppers and indie, punk and garage bands as well as fellow soul stylists. It’s measure of how free of borders kids are today in their pursuit of musical good times. With “The Blurred Odyssey” due March 22 on Miami’s Limited Fanfare label, the band will have its first full-length album album as a calling card, and more fuel to keep the soul torch blazing.
The Sh-Booms, with Hurricane Party, the Haunt and Summer Gill, play 8pm March 15 at Voltaire in West Palm Beach, $5-$10. theshbooms.com ~ Tim Moffatt / PureHoney Magazine
15 (Friday) 9:00 pm - 16 (Saturday) 2:00 am