Hard Proof Premieres New Single STINGER On Relix Magazine10:40 AM
"Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds from sub-Saharan Africa with adventurous jazz
and deep funk to stimulate your brain and move your feet."
"Bringing a funky vibe to their music, Hard Proof is a band that is
as infectious as they are talented."
"Austin-based 10-piece ensemble Hard Proof brings together influences of African funk, world music, and jazz to create something unique."The Austin-based ten-piece collective of musicians known as Hard Proof has teamed up with Relix Magazine to exclusively premiere their new single "Stinger."
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Hard Proof is: Aaron Sleator (guitar), Derek Phelps (trumpet), Gerardo Larios (guitar, keyboard), Jason Frey (tenor saxophone), Joe Sokolik (bass), John Branch (guitar, keyboards), Joseph Woullard (baritone saxophone, flute), Stephen Bidwell (drums, percussion), Tony Cruz (congas), and Tommy Spampinato (percussion).
Founded in 2008, Hard Proof is a super-group featuring members of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, The Calm Blue Sea, Cougar, Ocote Soul Sounds, the Echocentrics, and several other notable Austin acts.
The band began by studying the blueprint of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band, as well as funk and jazz from the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
Austin taste-maker Laurie Gallardo, of KUTX, said, "This local nine-piece ensemble always puts on an electrifying live show, an absolute blowout of non-stop percussion action and blasting brass, bringing the best of both worlds to the stage by mixing classic styles and plenty of their personal panache to own the show."
Stinger is set to release on Jan. 13, 2017 via Modern Outsider Records.
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