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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. Manifested by Brian "Toniq'" Teel in 2008, The Earful is a vehicle for sharing Toniq's vision of the funk, and the future of funk. Having spent the majority of his life studying guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and their place in the music, Toniq is able to create and produce a style of music all of its own, all the while paying respect to its predecessors. The music of The Earful is undeniably dedicated to healing through music by creating a space where audiences can lose themselves in the groove, 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 this 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” 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.
Having shared the stage with amazing talent such as Soulive, Level 42, Groundation, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The New Mastersounds, Orgone, The Original Wailers and Les Nubians, The Earful brings a paint-peeling, barn-burning intensity that is unforgettable. They are currently in the studio 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.
“The fact remains that their attention to song craft and creating danceable music has been an uncompromising success. This band could easily be a headliner and I believe it’s only a matter of time until they are taking top billing around the country.”
-Nicholas Stock, - Jambands.com
"If you are going to Backwoods to get down and dirty, then The Earful is for you. The San Diego based band is a jazz livewire and their music guaranteed to make you want to dance. Just one listen to the bass line and sax solo on their track "Ill Logic" and you'll understand how the were able to name their 2011 LP "Funk for your Earhole". The Earful has been gracing their audiences with honest-to-god booty shaking music since 2008 and they will not dissapoint at Backwoods." - Live For Live Music, Mar. 2015“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.” - Pop Matters, Feb. 2014
"...played an amazing set that would have left any music fan with a pulse with a gigantic smile on their face. Led by organ-player extrordinaire Brian Teel, some insanely talented horn players, as well as excellent guitar and feet stomping percussion, the band jammed out a high energy show. At one point it felt like literally everyone in the building, including the band members themselves, were jumping up and down as they reveled in the funky sounds. The Earful was indeed true to their name, as their funky beats filled not only everybody's ears, but judging by the looks on people's faces and how hard everybody was getting down, every inch of their mind, body, and soul as well! - Rage Colorado, Oct. 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
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