Artist: Otis Grove

Album: The Runk

Release Date: 2010-10-12

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about the album



The idea for The Runk went beyond just the collection of songs that Otis Grove had for the album. The band's sound had started taking on harder edge characteristics that can be heard on some of the earlier cuts off of their first album for Ropeadope, Crank it UP. The Runk took those ideas and expanded them further, fully embracing heavy rock grooves and sounds that can be heard prominently in songs "Monark", "Rock City" and "Plywood Snowshoe". The Runk (which is a mixture of Rock-Funk) was what they started calling this new sound that they were developing. While recording the record Otis Grove used the studio to their full advantage, over-dubbing multiple guitar parts with many different amps to get the right tone, as well using Guitarists Tyler Drabick's custom made "Super Organ and Leslie" a high-powered Organ and Leslie speaker system that they use to get the fuzzy almost synth like bass that you can hear in the solo section to "Rock City". Other songs on The Runk, veer towards more of the funk edge side of things, such as "The Bunk" "Basket Case" and "I Won't Forget", while still having a gritty rock edge to them. The concept of the record was not only to capture the song's that are truly "RUNK" but those that set-up the building blocks for them to create the sound. This explains the title to "Uncle Runky" a slow r&b type jam, which is pure funk, and is truly the Uncle to the Runk, cause without that feel the Runk would not be what it is. The closing song "Fausto" really embodies Runk music, starting out with a heavy guitar riff and soaring distorted organ chorus, it then mellows out into a nice funk groove and guitar solo, only to return once again to the heavy riff for the ending. It is a great example of what Otis Grove feels is their own musical style that they call "The Runk".

about the artist

There's a new sound taking over the town known as Boston. If you're by the banks of the Charles River as the moon glows over the muddy waters you
very well may hear some thick, groovy beats banging out a trail for raw guitar licks and a soul-drenched Hammond organ. Yes indeed, ladies and
gentleman who are down with the funk, it's time to get rocked by your new favorite band: Otis Grove.

Otis Grove began as a collective experiment in crossing the traditional organ jazz sound with funk, hip-hop, and rock tones. It was the beginning of a sonic realization based in groove, free in improvisation, yet rooted in songwriting and melodic structure. In early 2004, on the heels of their self-titled debut album, the band began spreading their sound to clubs around the New England area. The music, which has since evolved into a unique blend of aggressive rock n' roll and high-intensity organ funk (some fans have started calling it 'The Runk'), pays tribute to the masters while consistently pushing itself in new directions. It's as if jazz organ legend Jimmy Smith had
been the fifth member of Led Zeppelin, or if the Meters had joined forces with Black Sabbath. Performer Magazine writer Sam Merrick described it best as "a monstrous funk groove that probably would have sent Godzilla running had he been in the neighborhood."

Six years and over 500 shows later, Otis Grove has shared the stage with musicians and bands John Medeski, Billy Martin, Charlie Hunter, DJ Logic, Eric Krasno of Soulive, The New Mastersounds, the Jerry Garcia Band, The Brew, Spiritual Rez, Trombone Shorty, and many more. With a few national and European tours under their belt, Otis Grove is hitting it harder then ever, having played venues from the Paradise Rock club and House of Blues in Boston to Sullivan Hall and the famous Blue Note jazz club in New York City.