THE BUDOS BAND will play Friday July 11 at the Majestic Theatre along with Electric Citizen & DJ Phil Money. 9:00 pm is the show time.
A Staten Island-based Afro beat, soul, jazz, and funk instrumental ensemble, The Budos
Band came together at a jam session hosted by Brooklyn’s Afro beat kings, Antibalas.
Specializing in horn-driven world roots funk, the group released the self-titled “The
Budos Band” on Daptone Records in 2005, and followed it with “The Budos Band II”
in 2007. After a tour, and a lengthy break during which individual members contributed
to other artists’ projects, the band reunited to record “The Budos Band III”, which was
released August of 2010.
If there was ever any question whether the brotherhood of The Budos is instrumental
afro-soul royalty, the Chateau de Budos that graces the back cover of “The Budos Band
III” assures all that the group is strong – unstoppable even – and will use all of nature’s
power to ascend to their rightful throne. The cobra is poised to strike if anyone dares
challenge The Budos on their quest.
“Heading into the studio for Budos III, I really thought we were going to make the first
psychedelic, doom-rock record ever recorded at Daptone,” recounts longtime Budos
de facto frontman and baritone saxophonist, Jared Tankel, “but somehow it ended up
sounding like a Budos record.” Recorded at the now infamous Daptone House of Soul
Studios by the world-renowned production team of Bosco Mann and TNT, Budos III
was tracked to analog tape and recorded live over the course of an intensely productive
48 hour period, much like its predecessors. The songs that emerged are unmistakably
the type of tough sonic nuggets that have long earned The Budos Band the title, “the
quintessence of Staten Island soul.” Replete with tight rhythms, blistering break beats,
blaring horns and, yes, perhaps even a tinge of psychedelic doom-rock, Budos III
promises to bring some added heat upon its release this summer from Daptone Records.
The sound of The Budos may be challenging for some to describe, but to the band,
“Staten Island instrumental afro-soul” means internalizing such seemingly disparate
influences as the Cairo Jazz Band, J.C. Davis, Mulatu Astatke, and Black Sabbath, and
coming together to form a mind-bending combination of rhythm and melody. The unique
and signature sound of The Budos has become a favorite for music supervisors to use
in TV, film and video games, as well as producers who have sampled The Budos on
numerous hip-hop tracks.
The strength of the group’s bond and its music has allowed The Budos Band to
accomplish feats rarely attained by instrumental groups. The Budos have developed a
rabid fan base that spans genres and ages. At any given Budos show, one might see b-
boys break dancing to the band’s funk and hip-hop beats; record junkies nodding their
heads to the soul-infused melodies; metal heads thrashing to the dark and ominous guitar
and bass riffs; and general music lovers who eagerly attend Budos shows and smile
approvingly at the melting pot of music that takes place. Simply put, The Budos kill the
live show, and with each record, their ability to put the energy, sweat, and passion of the
live experience to wax increases. — Story by Sal Serio, “DJ el Serpentine”