Philadelphia Phunk Stars
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- Most music historians say that when disco was born, funk died. A new Philly-based band
is proving them wrong while blending hip-hop lyrics, funked-out musical jams and more than
a touch of jazz to formulate a fresh-sounding twist on a favourite old sound. Singer and
founding member KRO says that the band is dedicated to bringing funk back
into the American music scene. "In countries all around the world, funk is the most
popular form of music going," KRO says. "All those people are
on to something. Funk is the purest music out there. It's raw, it's dirty and, most of
all, it's interesting."
- KRO's lyrics complement the band's diverse musical styles. His lyrics
span every topic imaginable. Listeners will hear rants on everything from phony people, to
comic books, to whether Estee Lauder or the devil would win a department store battle. THE
HOUSE BAND's music is just as imaginative as KRO's lyrics. The
band members are comfortable playing long, jazz-funk jams, or crunchy death metal guitar
riffs. They often switch musical styles mid-songs, so listeners will often find an odd,
but interesting, break within the same piece. The band is comprised of KRO
on vocals and percussion, Madd Ruckus on bass, Fingers of Chaos on guitar, and Nihilizm on
drums. The live music aspect is something that sets them apart from pure hip-hop groups,
which usually use recorded samples and music, even during live shows. "We want to
give people a good live show," says bassist Madd Ruckus, "and playing real
instruments is an important part of our sound."
- The band is also unique in its costuming. Paying homage to JAMES BROWN,
P-FUNKADELIC and other funk pioneers who placed almost as much emphasis on
visuals as they did on sound, KRO has worn everything from a yellow zoot
suit to a football uniform on stage. Other band members are as likely to turn up in a
camouflage gear, loud polyester jackets and plain pack suits. "We have fun making
music, and we want people to have fun watching us," he says. "We don't care if
we look goofy. All we care about is having a good time and making sure our fans have a
good time, too."
- The band has been together since January 1997, and encompasses members of other popular
local bands, FLUBLUNK and KENSINGTON. The band
frequently performs live in the Philly area. In addition to their live shows, the band has
already cut a full length album, Lyric Apocalypse Meets the Footstomping Bootyfest, which
has received world-wide critical acclaim for its smart lyrics and catchy beats. Another
album is already in the works.
- More information available soon!
- Till then check the band's web site
- and/or e-mail Keith Foster at