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Dank, formerly Dank Sinatra, has announced the release of a new self-titled album that will be available on Tuesday, February 3 via CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and other online download and streaming outlets. In support of the new album, Dank will embark on a winter tour of the Southeast US kicking off January 23 in Georgia.

Dank is the next installment in what is a long and storied history of Rock and Roll music. Combining rhythm and blues tradition with a modern sense of urgency and experimentation, Dank is pulling Rock music into the 21st century as it was meant to be heard and experienced.

With energetic and unpredictable live performances, as well as a knack for the studio and all of its wizardry, this Atlanta five-piece is showing fans what it takes to rock in the torrid seas of a post-Napster musical climate. It’s hard to pin down exactly what the Dank will become, or how far the band has come to get to where it is today, but at the core of this outfit is a red hot soul and a burning sense of modern day Rock and Roll magic.

Dank (the album), is concrete evidence of this Atlanta five-piece’s ability to put together an album that rewards both the close listening enthusiast and the quick trip YouTube-ist.

With feet firmly on the ground in clever hooks and melodies, along with an interstellar spin wrought by Producer Scott Nicholas, Dank is an album written over the last year by a band in between cities. The resulting work exhibits growth and movement, roots being lifted from their foundations, and a feverous excitement towards a future unknown.

Songs like the album opener “Crash the Door” mark a conscious stylistic effort by the band to claim new ground in the stale world of modern rock, and to stake their claim as ambassadors to a modern era of rock and roll music. Space age synth leads and effects, southern rock craftsmanship, scorching dual guitar leads, and experimental transitions and song structure are the name of the game here.

As their most focused effort yet, Dank provides the listener with a complete experience and an invitation to follow along for the journey to come.

Winter Tour Dates:
January 23 – Milledgeville, GA | Amici
January 24 – Macon, GA | The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom
January 29 – Knoxville, TN | Preservation Pub
January 30 – Asheville, NC |The One Stop
February 4 – Chattanooga, TN | Rhythm & Brews
February 5 – Nashville, TN |12th & Porter
February 6 – Memphis, TN | Hi-Tone
February 7 – Tupelo, MS | Blue Canoe
February 9 – New Orleans, LA | The Den at The Howlin Wolf
February 11 – New Orleans, LA | The Prytania Bar
February 12 – Baton Rouge, LA | Chelsea’s Café
February 13 – Oxford, MS | Proud Larry’s
February 14 – Auburn, AL | Moe’s
February 20 – Winston-Salem, NC | Bull’s Tavern
February 21 -Charlotte, NC | Visulite Theatre
February 27 – Charleston, SC | The Pourhouse

For more info visit CrankTheDank.com


Interview With John Scofield About Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood’s “Juice”

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood have announced a North American tour this December to support their forthcoming studio album, Juice, out September 16 from Indirecto Records.

The ten-night run will be preceded by a 14-date tour of Europe in November. Beginning at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on December 4, MSMW will play select shows in both the Northern and Southeastern United States, highlighted by a hometown performance at Terminal 5 in NYC on December 11. They’ll conclude the stretch in the Midwest, which includes one night only in Canada at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall.
MSMW new record, Juice, a ten-track effort and the fourth recording between the four musicians in seventeen years of performing together, showcases what Paste Magazine recently described as “the group’s penchant for tight grooves and purposeful rambling.”

In addition to six original compositions, MSMW offer a boogaloo romp through legendary jazz saxophonist Eddie Harris’ “Sham Time,” a dubbed-out deconstruction of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love,” a playful post-bop reading of The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and the gorgeous hymn-like album closer, Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”

We at HYPE Music Festivals recently got the opportunity to ask improvisational jazz legend, John Scofield, a few questions about the new album.

HYPE (Phil Sunkel): You are about to release your Fourth studio album with MSMW, “Juice”. Could you tell me about the recording process and how you guys went about building the songs? Any personal favorites on the record?

J. Scofield: Well, this time we each suggested a cover tune and everybody contributed a few originals. We had decided that for this album we would concentrate on different grooves from the African diaspora like Afro/Cuban, Boogaloo, Brazilian, Reggae, etc.

So we composed with that in mind. We went into the studio in Woodstock with no rehearsal and worked on the music for four days and ended up with an album!

We did very little overdubbing except on “Sunshine of Your Love” which we approached as a Dub tune so we added a bunch of ambient overdubs. I love all my tunes for the most part.

HYPE: Why do you think you were able to put more personality and dynamics in the music than ever before?

J. Scofield: I think we’ve just improved with time. We’re playing well together, I think. MMW have played together for so long and I guess they are more comfortable with me now and visa versa.

But the fit was always there I think, starting in ’97 when I first got together with them.

HYPE: Along with six original tracks on “Juice”, you also recorded four cover songs? Why those four songs? Did you each select one? Was it difficult to just choose four to cover?

J. Scofield: Yes, we each selected one cover apiece, but “Sunshine of Your Love” started as an impromptu jam. It just happened. Somebody started playing the riff and we just felt it as a reggae tune. We all thought “hey, this works.” Very organic.

HYPE: What were some of the highs and lows of recording this record?

J. Scofield: All good, I think? I don’t know, it’s kind of a blur!

I know we didn’t have any trouble playing together, that’s always a great joy. Oh, I know. We had a snowstorm the last night and drummer Billy Martin couldn’t get his car started, it was frozen!

Rough winter in the Northeast, this last one. I think there was only one tune that didn’t end up on the album or as a bonus track somewhere, so we liked almost everything we came up with.

HYPE: Could you tell me a bit about why you named the album “Juice”?

J. Scofield: It seems to somehow reflect the music. We threw out a bunch of names before we found one everybody liked. Democracy is bitch!

HYPE: Haha that it is. could you tell me a bit about your 10-date US tour and about some of your European dates, what are you most looking forward to?

J. Scofield: For me I love playing wherever we’re appreciated. Because I’ve toured Europe so frequently for so many years it really feels like home over there.

Sometimes playing the hinterlands in the US can feel more exotic than overseas. I think we’ve all played in all of the cities on the tour before. We’re veterans! But I must say that getting to travel as much as I do has really shaped my outlook. We’re so lucky.

HYPE: Many people have a hard time defining your music. It seems to span several genres. How would you describe your sound?

J. Scofield: I think when you define music you limit it. The music comes first and then the media have to define it.

We all love so many kinds of music. Funk, Reggae, Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Avant Gard Improvisation, the Blues. New Orleans RnB, Rock n Roll, etc.

I’ve also got to say that what we’re able to do wouldn’t happen without jazz! Anyway, sorry I can’t help you more with a description. Oh well. Nobody sings on this album. Does that help?

HYPE: I’d say so. Last but not least, after the album is out what would you say is the goal for MSMW over the next year?

J. Scofield: To play as well as we can on tour and get better as a band and as musicians. And then we’ll see what’s next!

North American Winter Tour Dates:

December 4 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
December 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
December 6 – Westhampton Beach, NY – Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
December 7 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
December 8 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
December 9 – Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall
December 11 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
December 12 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
December 13 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
December 14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

MEDESKI SCOFIELD MARTIN & WOOD “Juice” is available September 16, 2014 from Indirecto Records on LP, CD & Digital.

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Interview with Turkuaz’s Taylor Shell About Their New Album, Future 86

Turkuaz has been hitting the road extra hard lately in support of their latest album, Future 86. The group is all about Funkified rhythms mixing with soulful lyrics and booty shaking jams that will have you getting super funky on the dance floor. Hype-mag editor, Phil Sunkel, got the chance to interview founding member and bass player, Taylor Shell, before the group comes on down to Florida beginning on May 4th in Tampa. Turkuaz will be hitting up Dunedin Brewery on the 5th, the Funky Biscuit on the 6th and Jacksonville on the 7th.

P. Sunkel: So lets just go ahead and jump right on into this. You guys have been touring around now for a bit in support of the new album, Future 86, and now you guys are headed on down to Florida. Could you tell me a bit about how the tour has been so far?

T. Shell: Its been great. We’ve been having an absolutely fantastic month, the response has really been great. The folks that usually come out to see us and even new fans have really been psyched about it. I think the coolest thing about the tour has been when we play songs that we haven’t played in awhile, the crowds been getting really into them and singing along. This album has definitely been the most exciting release that I’ve been involved with. TURK_Future 86 cover3
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