PHO

PHO

Funk Trek

Sun 4/8/18

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8 ADV/$10 DOS

This event is all ages

PHO
PHO
With their sophomore release two, the rising PHO use funk as a vehicle to explore their “Minneapolis sound” influences with torch in hand. Intimate and soulful, intense and highly energetic, the new album comes sprinkled with psychedelia and hip-hop, while maintaining the tight arrangements of funk tradition. The thirteen tracks, which were produced by John Davis, feature Kirk Johnson of Prince’s New Power Generation on percussion. Recorded in Cannon Falls, Minnesota at the legendary Pachyderm Studio(‘Nirvana-In- Utero’), there was no shortage of vintage vibe amidst a playground of old ‘70s synths and classic guitars, all articulated in the expansive array of musical colors ever-present throughout the mix.
Funk Trek
For when the week is long and languid and it feels like your blood is turning the consistency of the slush on the curb, Funk Trek has a message. It's spoken for about 10 seconds of an hour-long album, but just because there are seldom words doesn't mean the music doesn't talk. When it does, it says: Purify, purify, purify.

The funk of the Omaha-based ensemble is something that boils and flows through a century of the urban America's artistic bloodstream. In six-minute songs dominated by horn pops and bass solos, there's a range of temperaments that could spark a small-scale high school dance revolt or could send up a nightclub in musical flames with a three-hour set. The technical proficiency simply needs to decide what outfit it wants to wear.

Founded in 2008, the band started out as Da Funk Trek Voyager and then became Funk Trek Voyager. Once Voyager became their debut album in 2010, they dropped that word from the moniker as well and now the band called Funk Trek is closer than ever to simply going by the name of the principle force in its music.

But they are right when the band postulates its songs are "one percent something stanky." A few rainy afternoon interludes highlight the jazzier side of their effort while horn slurs from an alto and tenor sax and trumpet invoke a hint of swing you won't find in Parliament Funk or Rick James. It's not dirty funk by any means. As the album title might suggest, Funk Trek comes to the listening public with a purified second album. If they wanted, they could reprise a Shaft score and they could do it with a hint of Glenn Miller.
Venue Information:
Slowdown - Front Room
729 North 14th Street
Omaha, NE, 68102
http://www.theslowdown.com