New Music: Phenomenal Handclap Band “Baby”
by Couch Sessions
Add The Phenomenal Handclap Band to the list of 70’s revivalists making music funky again. The New York supergroup – featuring a who’s who of downtown singers, DJ’s, producers, and guest collaborators (Carol C, Jaleel Bunton from TV on the Radio, members of the Daptones) – is a throwback to the days of live dance bands like Kid Creole, MFSB, and Tom Tom Club.
Sounding like they just stepped out of Paradise Garage by way of Waxxstax, the eight-member ensemble makes gritty disco, psychedelic soul, and acid rock. The band just dropped their latest single “Baby,” a smoky slowed-down number with tight horns, bluesy guitars, and a light-as-a-feather falsetto worthy of fellow modern soulster Mayer Hawthorne.
The video gets really trippy and vintage, in a Southern Gothic-meets-Dario Argento kinda way. Very creepy and arty, but definitely what I’ve come to expect from the funky far-out music collective. Check out their self-titled debut out now and the equally kitschy video for the single “15 to 20.” They play a free Brooklyn Bowl show in New York on Feb 21 before kicking off a UK tour.
2/21 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
3/03 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
3/04 Leeds, UK – A Nation of Shopkeepers
3/05 Glasgow, SCOTLAND – Captain’s Rest
3/06 Liverpool, UK – Kazimier
3/07 Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
3/09 London, UK – Cargo
3/11 Bristol, UK – Start the Bus
3/12 Brighton, UK – Coalition