Flyjack and the Underground Funk of New Day

Austin’s groovalicious, 7-piece soul ensemble Flyjack hits the motherlode with their latest album, New Day. This love letter to late 60’s and early 70’s rare groove soul and deep funk was painstakingly crafted over a 17 month span and features seven carefully curated underground classics and five Flyjack originals. If nostalgic, funky soul of ‘The Feel Good Decade’ is what you crave, Flyjack’s got you covered. Utilizing an assortment of vintage microphones, preamps, Moog synths, Wurlitzer electric pianos and other 70’s gear combined with modern recording techniques and sonics, Flyjack pays homage to underground funk while embracing new possibilities for the genre.

New Day kicks in with the jazzy title track…a racial protest cover originally recorded and released in 1973 by the Skull Snaps that fits firmly within the tension of America’s current political environment. ‘Motherlode’ is a psychedelic freak show with snarling vocals and boisterous brass from Hellfire Horns. The track also features Grupo Fantasma alum Rudy Canales on congas and a wicked solo from Golden Dawn Arkestra’s sax-a-ma-phone magician, Topaz McGarrigle. Lead singer, Buck McKinney gets superbad with ‘Soulful Proclamation’ and spreads the gospel with ‘Gossip’. ‘The Jungle’ is an infectious bluesy track guaranteed to get you swaying all the way through ‘Funky Fast Bump’. Flyjack disperses a variety of instrumentals throughout New Day and vocals take a back seat to the vibrant keys, burly harmonics and swift electronic slides of ‘Flame Thrower’ and the interstellar synths of ‘The Worm’. Flyjack keeps the party vibes rollin’ throughout the entirety of New Day and shuts it down with the celebratory instrumental ‘The Master’.

As ‘Austin’s premier purveyors of righteous rhythms,’ Flyjack adds new-age flash to the underground funk and psychedelic soul of the 70’s. New Day should appeal to fans of James Brown, King Curtis and Stevie (both Wonder and Ray Vaughan) as well as just about anyone with a little groove in their blood. New Day is one bad mutha-.


Catch Flyjack at The New Day Release Party on March 31 at The Blackheart located at 86 Rainey St., Austin, TX 78701 at 9:00PM.

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