The Floozies And SunSquabi Bring Electrofunky Grooves To Santa Cruz [Review/Gallery]

first_img“The undisputed kings of electro funk,” said Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch recently. It’s the best way to introduce the brothers Mark and Matt Hill, otherwise known onstage as Lawrence, KS spawned duo, The Floozies. The group has lived up to the reputation from city to city over the last 8 years, most recently stopping at The Catalyst Club in downtown Santa Cruz, CA last Wednesday, March 30th.That their music is funky is undeniable, but older brother Matt, who operates the strings of the group, draws a limit to how much can actually be expressed about a piece of music, opposed to saying nothing and letting the music speak for itself. “I think as soon as you start describing it, the conversation becomes a lot less funky. I think there’s certain ways you can describe, like classic funk from the ’70s.  Describing a piece of music as funk isn’t the same as saying it’s funky,” said Matt. “It’s got a groove hard enough to where you don’t think about it. You just start tapping your feet and make that face like somebody farted.  That’s kind of a goal when we’re in the studio.  You keep pressing and working on a song until you can’t stop dancing to it – that’s when it’s right. I don’t want you to have to sit there and talk about it to enjoy it.”Anyone heading to a show more than likely has an idea of what they are getting into – the duo’s albums Tell Your Mother and Do Your Thing, as well as several single tracks, are available for free download off of their site. “There’s not really much of a downside,” said Matt about giving the music out for free. “I don’t know what it is about clicking “buy” on an album on iTunes, but for some reason, even for me, I hesitate even though I’m trying to hear anything new that I can. So we don’t want to wait for people to overcome that hesitation to hear it.  I want to share this with everybody as soon as I possibly can. That’s always the way we feel when we finish an album. We get too excited about it.”But the group’s main focus has always been about the live show.Given the flexible nature of the material, the unspoken bond between brothers and the vibe provided by years of successful fan relations, the live show is a party. Bouncing between original material and remixed classics, The Floozies only stopped the music three times in the two hours they had the stage, including the encore break.From original beat busters like “Wild Card” from their latest, four-song Granola Jones EP or Tell Your Mother’s “Love, Sex and Fancy Things” shaking the dance floor early on, it was a smooth transition into “Assthem,” an anthem about asses that reads more like Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” featuring The Floozies. The crowd erupted with approval, belting out all of the words.From start to finish, the glitch-hop inspired drops of songs like “All Night Long” and “No Part Of This” kept the crowd on their toes. Running through most of their latest EP, Granola Jones, as well as crowd favorite album pieces, such as  Tell Your Mother’s “Somebody Help Me” > “Oh My Gawd” segment. A crucial separation, however, is that most of their transitions between songs are totally improvised.After a rowdy hour and a half, the band left the stage at 12:40 AM without warning. The track simply stopped and they walked out the rear exit off of the stage. But they immediately returned, along with a special guest musician, Andrew Clymer, bassist for the opening group SunSquabi.Clymer jammed on the tracks “Birfday Suit” and the title track of the Granola Jones EP, before leaving the stage and allowing the brothers Hill to finish with an untitled track they dubbed “New Masterpiece,” which is the unofficial title they give to whatever song they happen to be working on, similar to a “Jimmy Stewart” notation from Umphrey’s McGee.Starting the night off proper was SunSquabi, a Motown inspired glitch-funk trio out of budding Boulder, CO. Featuring Clymer along with Chris Anderson on drums and Kevin Donahue on guitar, the hour long set featured originals, remixes and an official collaboration with GRiZ on the title track (listen here) of the upcoming album Odyssey, due out on April 8 from All Good Records.With the exception of a pair of remixes of Zapp & Roger and Phil Collins, all of the tracks were originals and the majority of those were brand new tunes. “After The Rain,” for instance, is a track they placed in the middle of the show that had the highest energy, despite only debuting the day before the show.With sold out shows across the country, and huge festival appearances at Summercamp, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, Sommerset, and Bumbershoot that continue to cement the Floozies’ ascent, while also joining GRiZ at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 4th for a sold out show. The Floozies are bringing the funk back, and they’re right on time.Setlist: The Floozies at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA – 3/30/16One Set: Serpintine Fire, Wild Card, Marshmallow Stompers, Love Sex Fancy Things, Just Cant Sit, Jam Box, Ass Anthem, Back On It, All Night Long, Get Away, Fnktrp, Need This, Stuntin’, One Word, Somebody Help Me, Oh My Gawd, No Part Of This, Kinky, Sunroof Cadillac, Italian Chandelier, Saint Motel Remix, Encore: Birthday Suit, Granola Jones, Do Your Thing, New MasterpieceSetlist: SunSquabi at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA – 3/30/16One Set: CMS, Zapp and Roger – Heartbreak (Remix) , Mob Boss, Odyssey ft GriZ, In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins remix), Pablito, After The Rain, Squabcat, Sticky, Tequila[Quotes via Pollstar]Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Joshua Huver: Load remaining imageslast_img

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