Band on the Wall presents the Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender launch party with The Excitements & The Suffers and DJ Nic Kozubik.
Of all the bands of the last decade to come out of the so-called Soul and R’n’B revival wave, few – if any – reach the energy level and authenticity that The Excitements deliver both on stage and on wax. The spiritual heirs of the era of rollicking shouters and deep soul balladeers, the band has consistently delivered an array of 45s and LPs, and embarked on incredibly long tours all over Europe with an unmatched tightness and drive.
No longer a secret known only to connoisseurs, they are a group that, like the greats, doesn’t recreate but just IS the real deal. Known as a fast and greasy Rhythm & Blues machine, they also take care of the soul end of things, and their energetic show offers a mix of furious pace and spine-chilling slow moments alike.
Slowly building a huge following since 2010, they’ve performed their R’n’B and Soul cocktail old school style, leaving audiences wondering how a band from Barcelona (Spain) is able to channel the show-stopping fierceness and class of such classics as Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, or any act to come out of Memphis, Detroit or New Orleans during the late fifties and sixties.
Just as much influenced by classic rock & roll, country, Latin and Southern hip hop as they are the Stax/Volt or Muscle Shoals era, The Suffers are bringing a fresh approach to what they have coined Gulf Coast Soul. Late night legend David Letterman proclaimed in early 2015 “If you cant do this, get out of the business”, let it be known that The Suffers are here to stay! With a year that included performances for NPR’s Tiny Desk, Newport Folk Fest, Austin City Limits Music Festival and The Late Show, The Suffers have delivered over 150 stirring performances of their signature 3rd Coast Soul sound to thousands of new and old fans alike. The large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice. The band’s sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene.