Today, we are premiering the San Francisco collective known as El Metate. Inspired by Boogaloo Joe Jones as much as a band like Soulive, they have been tearing up stages with their psychedelic, outer space funk since 2013. Along with a grip of originals, this band takes on rare groove classics as well, layering their take on these funky dividends with Fender Rhodes and Hammond Organ. This psychedelic funk trip goes to the farthest regions of our solar system and brings back a type of music they can only call their own. Fusing many genres, El Metate are fueling up their space craft to get further than they have ever and show us what they are made of.
It’s a sound, it’s a presence, and it’s a movement. El Metate. Remember that name.
“Fatwas” is a trip not just across the West Coast but an intergalactic journey narrated by organ and horn stabs with a back beat that fuels the rocket ride throughout. You can see this track (and many of their sides) expanding into some sort of impromptu jam, weaving in and out of hot, sweaty funkiness while finishing up in a frenzy of aural stimulation. With elements of funk, rock, jazz, and even some latin flavors, El Metate know how to keep the groove. The Santana-ish guitar solo build up until the dam bursts. This is a band to watch. Playing shows and sharing the spotlight with groups like Monophonics, Tea Leaf Green, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Con Brio, Wil Blades, and members of Lettuce, these fellas are taking their sound on a road trip, and you’re invited. Already conquering the West Coast, it’s time to expand to bigger regions, and we think that they will receive a warm reception wherever they play. It’s a sound, it’s a presence, and it’s a movement. El Metate. Remember that name. Coming to a stage near you soon. Check out the side “Fatwas” below, and get more info from the links that follow.
Check out their site here.
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Check out their album release party if you’ll be in San Francisco on June 18th here.