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JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - Beat Of Our Own Drum



JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound Beat Of Our Own Drum
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - Beat Of Our Own Drum
(CD Digipac/LP 180g 1000 copies limited ed.) Vampisoul VAMPICD120/VAMPI120, 2009-09-07

Vampisoul is very proud to release Beat Of Our Own Drum, the long-awaited debut album by Chicago's JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound. Described by The New York Times as "neo-soul glory", their sound is an explosive mix of 60s soul passion, the energy of 70s punk and the eclectic spirit of contemporary music.
"Chicago's own JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound is far more than a band lost in nostalgia. Instead, the Uptown Sound covers a diverse range of sounds owing as much to rock and punk as to soul and R&B". Centerstage (Chicago, USA)

JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound Beat Of Our Own Drum
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - Beat Of Our Own Drum
(CD Digipac/LP 180g 1000 copies limited ed.) Vampisoul VAMPICD120/VAMPI120, 2009-09-07

Tracklisting CD :
01. The Beat (Of Our Own Drum)
02. Love One Another
03. Baltimore Is The New Brooklyn | Go download MP3
04. Berry Please
05. How To Stop Loving Someone Who's Stopped Loving You
06. Alright
07. 75 Years Of Art Sex | Go download MP3
08. Hold You Back
09. He Does The Town
10. Here Comes The Fall

Links :
myspace.com/theuptownsound
youtube.com/user/somnosom
vampisoul.com
myspace.com/vampisoul

Band Members :
JC Brooks sings, with Billy Bungeroth on guitar, Ben Taylor on fender bass, Kevin Marks behind the drums.
Special guests: Chris Neal (tenor sax), Kevin Tague (trumpet), Andrew Zelm (trombone) AKA the Lowdown Brass, Alex Hall (organ)



Press Release :
"Neo-soul glory" - New York Times
"The real deal" - Chicago Tribune
"No looking back here, just pushing forward" - Real Detroit Weekly
 
Vampisoul is very proud to release "Beat Of Our Own Drum", the long-awaited debut album by Chicago's JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound. Described by The New York Times as "neo-soul glory", their sound is an explosive mix of 60s soul passion, the energy of 70s punk and the eclectic spirit of contemporary music.
 
Born in 2007 out of Chicago's Uptown, a "melting pot" neighbourhood known for its immigrant and refugee populations, guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks and bassist Ben Taylor lay a ferocious foundation for
the soulful shouts of JC Brooks. The son of a Jersey soul queen set adrift by the disco era, he's renowned for his take-no-prisoners stage style, leaving audiences with no other choice than to get up and move!
 
Brooks knocks out his audience with heart and raw emotion, while the Uptown Sound's post-punk attack updates the MG's and JB's groove model, resulting in pure and unrelenting soul music that ranges from sweaty on-the-one workouts, dance-punk booty shakers, garage-rock thump humps and aching R&B ballads without a missed step in between. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound are not just another throwback group, they came to be during an era of war, manifesting their style of urgent dance music with lyrics that address more than the standard "baby, baby" fare.
 
In the last year, the group has sold out Chicago's Hideout four times, collaborated with a diverse array of hometown heroes including included Syl Johnson and Tortoise drummer Dan Bitney, and won the Chicago Tribune's "Best Band of 2008" contest. They've been decimating one Midwestern city after another and toured the East Coast in spring 2009. They've also acted as the house band for the Numero Group's Eccentric Soul Revue at Chicago's Park West, hitting the stage again with Twinight Records kingpin Syl Johnson, in addition to backing up local legends Renaldo Domino, The Kaldirons, Nate Evans and The Notations.

7 inch available October 7th, 2009 :
A1. Baltimore Is The New Brooklyn
B1. Bad News
Featuring a different version of one of the highlights from the album and an exclusive track to this release.
Cat #: VAMPI 45048

MySpace biography :
In his 1970 Playboy Interview, Ray Charles described soul as "people who do things from the heart." In performance and on record, there is no question that JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are 100% soul. Like Otis fronting the Stooges, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound get crowds twisting and writhing on the floor, something that's been sorely missing from live music.

Brooks knocks out his audience with heart and raw emotion, while the Uptown Sound's post-punk attack updates the MG's and JB'sgroove model, resulting in pure and unrelenting soul music that ranges from sweaty on-the-one workouts, dance-punk booty shakers, garage-rock thump humps, and aching R&B ballads without a missed step in between. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are not just another throwback group, they came to be during an age of war, manifesting their style of aggressive dance music with lyrics that dig deeper than the standard "baby, baby" fare. JC Brooks is determined to become the next in a long line of classic Chicago Soul singers; Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Syl Johnson - JC has learned from them all, and he's got no illusions about what it takes to become a classic.

They kicked off 2009 with a bang, playing to an ecstatic SRO crowd at Chicago's historic Park West Theater, where they were MC and house band for the Numero Group's critically acclaimed Eccentric Soul Revue. They've collaborated with greats like Syl Johnson, the Notations, the Impressions' Nate Evans, and Tortoise's Dan Bitney. They've appeared on WGN-TV and BBC 6, cut a live session for influential independent radio station WFMU, and been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, TimeOut Chicago, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Now armed with their explosive debut album Beat of Our Own Drum (with Fall '09 European release via Vampisoul Records) these intense young soul stirrers are bringing it to your door, ready to tour, score, and not be ignored.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are for the people remaining awake through a great revolution… for people who want to move and not just sit tight... for soul people! Guaranteed to make you dance by any means necessary, JC Brooks is the new sound of Chicago.
theuptownsound at yahoo dot com
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