The Bank is a trio comprising of Francesco Brini, Domenico Loparco and Emanuele Zullo. Seriously good musician’s with a love of afro & dub. These guys tour the world as the backing band for the acclaimed American singer / songwriter Jeff Jones. Brini has already built up an impressive catalogue of music himself, recording as Frank Agrario for Prins Thomas’s Internasjonal and also as a drummer for electronic pioneers Swayzak.
After a heavy storm broke around Jeff’s Lake Tahoe hideout, it was soon clear that they wouldn’t be hitting the road anytime soon. This was a key moment in the construction of The Bank! They spent the time researching, sketching out ideas and extracting every last piece of funk from their fingers and thumbs.
The Bank is drenched in vintage recording techniques but with an updated production that can satisfy any dance floor. “Lagos Tahoe” sounds like Peter King jamming with Titanic but produced by The Bank. “City Of The Dead” touches the dub switch with a polite ska rhythm that calls on hypnotic vocals which remind us of 80′s band Maximum Joy.
“The Snatch” & “Chic Disco” are like funk bullets bouncing off the streets of Manhattan, “Zombie Nation” has a punky sharp synth bass that cuts through like a diamond encrusted blade. “Fishsticks” is the low slung funk bomb which would make Donald Byrd proud.
All together these new Bearfunk signings have made a very raw undiluted album. They are custodians of their own sound which is heavily influenced by their influences. It’s time to cash that cheque at The Bank!
01. City Of The Dead
02. Zombie Nation
03. Winka Wonka
04. Afro Sundays
05. The Grey Booze
06. Chic Disco
08. The Snatch
09. Lagos Tahoe
The album The Bank “Upper Class” (Bear Funk) has been released September 14, 2012.