Stranded In Stereo: Phenomenal Handcalp Band @ the El Rey Tonight (Los Angeles)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Phenomenal Handcalp Band @ the El Rey Tonight (Los Angeles)

Photo by FotonovaNYC/AlexSolmssen

If their name sounds like a band from your parents’1967 Summer of Love record collection, you wouldn’t be too far off. Though not from the ‘60s hippie era, The Phenomenal Handclap Band is a collective of artists and musicians who echo elements of harmonious times past in their epic blending of disparate genres. At the same time, their psychedelic throwbacks to the past do not stop them from pushing the boundaries of modern music. NPR says, 'The Phenomenal Handclap Band fills venues with a mesmerizing sound and eight-person stage presence. The band is equal parts psychedelia, proto-disco, heavy rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s soul and hip-hop – what NPR Music calls “a perfect mix of everything from the past 40 years of popular music.'

Formed by New York DJs Daniel Collas and Sean Marquand, their album also features members of TV On The Radio, Antibalas, The Dap Kings, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, L’Trimm, Calla, The Mooney Suzuki, Si Se, and Honeycut, just to name a few. Their self-titled debut (Friendly Fire Recordings) has received critical acclaim from both the US and overseas. The Guardian UK praises, 'The PHB are astronauts of progressive soul, moored at the stellar point where rock, funk and psychedelia bloom into cosmic-disco amazingness.' Join them for the second night of their first ever Los Angeles gigs Monday 08.24 at the El Rey (5515 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA) and Tuesday 08.25 at Cinespace (6356 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Level Hollywood, CA 90028).

[mp3]: "15 to 20"
[mp3]: "You'll Disappear"


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