By Vanessa Martin
The name Fusik (pronounced few-sick) reflects this Fort Lauderdale band's signature sound -- a fusion of funk, soul, and Latin genres that glides on the fundamentals of hip-hop and psychedelic rock. If that description alone doesn't incite you to get down, then nothing ever will.
The quintet have been together since 2005, and started out in the b-boy, break-dancing scene, but these days, they're all about the funk. Charles "Chip" Gardner is on keys and Anton "Sanchez" Rivera plays the guitar and accompanies it with raspy, soulful vocals. Then there's drummer Daniel 'Felix' Garcia, bassist Mack Henry Moore III, and Daniel "Quinto" Naval adding cannon-fire percussive elements.
Fusik is releasing their third full-length album,
Fusik III. The eight tracks are classic Fusik: Think head-bobbing
rhythm, funk bass, and feel-good synthy vibes. The disc showcases the
band's maturity through creative and well-arranged grooves. "I think
we've gotten better as musicians, we're older," says keyboardist Chip
Gardner. "Some of the album was recorded in early 2011, so some of the
stuff is newer, and some is older."
The album was recorded and
mixed by Andrew Yeomanson, a.k.a. DJ Le Spam, of the Spam Allstars at his City of
Progress Studio in North Miami Beach. It's a virtual museum of guitars,
amps, keyboards, and drums from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. They helped foster this easily-inspired act's creativity. "We look to
ourselves for inspiration, we like listening to the music we like to
play then we think about whether our fans are going to like it," says
Gardner. "Our musical inspiration is everything; James Brown, Jimi
Hendrix, '70s Latin, funk, we're also really into local bands."
, the Boca-based
musical production powerhouse is putting together Fusik III
pre-release party at the Funky Biscuit
on Friday, January 25. Attendees will receive a free copy of the album,
which will be available on iTunes and Amazon on February 5. If you're
lucky, you might even catch some of the band members break out in dance.
The power of funk is uncontrollable, after all.
pre-release party. Friday, January 25. The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner
Blvd., Boca Raton. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance
and $10 at the door. Call 561-395-2929 or visit funkybiscuit.com.
303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, FL