Hey there funkonauts… Rumor has it that today is an excellent time to count blessings and be thankful for all those wonderful funky things in our lives. So, here goes…
First and foremost, we’re thankful to all of our fans, family, and friends who have been so supportive of us over the last 4 years. Thank you for being so understanding when we’ve missed things because of rehearsals and gigs. Thank you for coming out to shows, buying CD’s and t-shirts, dancing your butts off. As much as we love playing music, it’s sure is a lot more fun with y’all there to share it with.
We’re very thankful to everyone who kicked in on our crowdsourcing campaign so we could record our album (now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Bull Moose… hey, we’re just sayin’ it makes a great Christmas present…). Having the chance to step into a studio and lay down tracks for our own songs was an incredible experience that we’ll never forget. Even though y’all got some cool swag to chip in, we certainly appreciate your generosity and faith in us.
While we’re talking about the album, we’re very thankful for the opportunity to work with the amazing Jonathan Wyman at The Halo. Without a doubt, Jon is a big reason the album sounds as good as it does. His expertise and experience helped us pull things together and his general professionalism and great attitude helped bring out the best performances possible. Also, big ups to Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering for doing the final pass on Speed Of Soul. Having the chance to walk into a joint literally plastered in gold and platinum records to get your album mastered is a humbling experience, and we loved every second of it.
We’re also extremely thankful for all the members of the Mama’s Boomshack Honor Roll… Anthony Marino, our first drummer and lovable curmudgeon. Scott Morgan, who recorded our first demo for us. Chris Marro, a powerhouse on drums and consummate professional even when he was quoting The Ladies Man movie. Sam Berce, the wiz-kid who brought so much to this band that we’ll forever be in his debt (just remember us when you need an opener a couple years from now, ok?). Nick “Bucky Groove” Groat, the boy-wonder on drums who was percussively wise beyond his years and whom James and Alex probably corrupted before his time (sorry). All the cats who have helped fill in on gigs – Mike Derosier, James Witkus, Michael Schactner, Jim Robins, John McClaine, Matt Kennedy, and Tim Propp.
Lots of love goes out to all the folks who have booked us for shows throughout the years… A very special thank you to Sonja from Bray’s Brew Pub, one of our earliest and most passionate fans who booked us for a ton of gigs throughout the years. Doug at Bull Feeney’s for bringing us in for a monthly residency and let us rock the house for 2 years. Ken Bell from The Big Easy who gave us our very first gig and was incredibly good to us considering we hadn’t done squat yet. Kenya Hall who brought us in on the old Cover To Cover so we could play an entire Parliament album and cross that one of our bucket list. Derek and the folks at One Longfellow Square for hosting our album release party. Spencer Albee at Empire for letting us make our triumphant return and then some. The dearly departed Gingko Blue, because it was always fun packing that place out. Ralph and the crew at Mine Oyster for letting us tear up Boothbay Harbor this past summer. Thanks as well to The Run Of The Mill, Federal Jacks, Rick’s Cafe, The Dover Brickhouse, Kelley’s Row, The Press Room, The Hive, Zackery’s, Mainely Brews, Montsweag Roadhouse, and anyone else we might be forgetting in our turkey-induced haze.
Lots of love goes out to the folks we’ve gigged with throughout the years… OC & The Offbeats, Harsh Armadillo, Lady Essence, and Goosepimp Orchestra.
Huge thanks go out to Holly Nunan of Newz by the Nunz fame for her tireless work in promoting all the incredible music happening in Maine and for always shilling our gigs as well. More thanks go out to Aimsel Ponti, Sam Pfeifle, and Emily Burnham for the first reviews on Speed Of Soul. Lots of love to Josh over at Local Motives on WMPG for having us on the show and supporting local Maine musicians.
We hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving. See you real soon!