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Nominated for Best Jazz Artist in 2013 at the San Diego Music Awards, The Earful is a high-powered, in your face, booty shakin’ machine. The Earful, formed in 2008, is undeniably dedicated to healing through music by creating a space where audiences can lose themselves in the groove and let the rhythm take hold in the present moment and let their body do the talking. The Earful uplifts the spirit, invigorates the soul and leaves their fans feeling connected through the love and energy they bring to each and every show. When the band hits the stage, fans can leave their troubles aside, feel the spirit and shake their rumps until they sweat, and then sweat some more.
The Earful touches on various styles of the funk in all of its forms, paying tribute to the masters while contributing a unique Earful flair and heart that is truly their own. Their 2011 release, “Funk for your Earhole”, written, arranged and produced by bandleader Brian Teel, draws from the styles of greats such as P-funk, James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone, and carries their unwavering plight to keep the funk alive. Since then, Teel has assembled his dream team, a cast of skilled and passionate musicians whose diverse musical backgrounds have lead them to become masters of the funk and equal contributors to The Earful’s infectious energy.
The current lineup features some heavy hitters. Teel, who also plays with The Devastators, is the driving force behind The Earful on the Hammond B-3 organ. The funk flows right out of his fingertips. Bassist Omar Lopez drops his heavy bass lines, which perfectly complement the stabbing brass hits of tenor saxophone player Adrián Terrazas-González, former flautist of The Mars Volta. Rounding out the rhythm section is percussionist and longstanding member Eric Hartwell, and drummer Tim Newton, whose drive, vigor and technical ability are unparalleled. The purest heart of the band is guitarist Ricky Giordano whose uplifting riffs and infectious joy permeate through the whole Earful experience. This 7-piece all-star lineup is sure to get your rump bumpin' from start to finish.
Having shared the stage with amazing talent such as Soulive, Level 42, Groundation, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The New Mastersounds, Orgone, Ana Tijoux and Les Nubians, The Earful brings a paint-peeling, barn-burning intensity that is unforgettable. They are currently on tour and working on their forth-coming EP, West Coast GoGo. With this record, the band resurrects GoGo and adds a west coast twist. Though often overlooked, this percussion-heavy, sock-rockin’ funk genre that was once popular in the D.C. area in the early 80’s is sure to delight and surprise even the most well-versed funk fans. To learn more about The Earful’s upcoming endeavors, dates and more, visit www.theearful.com.
Brian Teel: Hammond B-3 Organ, Clavinet, Synthesizer, Vocals
Adrián Terrazas-González: Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Tim Newton: Drums
Omar López: Bass
Ricky Giordano: Guitar, Vocals
Eric Hartwell: Percussion
Gabriel Damasceno: Percussion
“The Earful delivered a high energy performance that got the party started right. The band’s 2011 Funk for Your Earhole LP draws on the usual suspects of funk influences like James Brown, P-Funk, the Meters, and local king of funk Karl Denson. The Hammond organ is heavily featured, but the band also brings a tight rhythm section and an ace horn section that elevated one jam after another. There are plenty of funk bands vying for attention these days, and energy is ultimately what tends to separate the contenders from the pretenders. The Earful brought it, and the enthusiastic crowd reflected it back.” - Greg M. Schwartz of Pop Matters, Feb. 2014
Nominated for Best Jazz Artist 2013 in the San Diego Music Awards, The Earful is the funkiest up-and-coming sound our West Coast breeze can stand to carry. A reverberation of Teel’s Hammond organ mixed into the energetic beat held by Tim “Figg” Newton on drums produced a sweet, fertile field where the rest of the crew felt free to play with the sort of improvisation all great funk is born from. -The UCSD Guardian, May 2014
For more info or to schedule an interview with The Earful, please contact Caitlin Morris at email@example.com or 612-240-2261.