It can be difficult in any music scene these days for a band or a musician to create a buzz without having a record out. Not everyone is willing to take a chance on seeing an act live without having the opportunity to get a preview of what’s to come. When the difficulties are bypassed, the anticipation for a band’s debut release increases to gargantuan levels. That’s what happened with Providence instrumental funk act Slurp until they put out their “Somethin Nasty” EP on Aug. 2. The incredible assortment of riffs and rhythms makes this record definitely worth the wait.
“The recording was done at the Chamber Studio with Dan Sawyer and Marc Poulin in Warwick,” bassist and South Kingstown native Rory Quinn describes the making of the EP. “A bunch of us have a history with Dan and have recorded there before with other projects. We wanted to be in a familiar environment and we were able to capture the energy we have in live show.”
“Somethin Nasty’s” culmination was possible partly due to numerous venues’ willingness to take a chance on Slurp without knowing what they sounded like. It’s a testament to how trusting people involved in Rhode Island’s music community can be when it comes to local bands.
“Wrapping up this album feels great we owe a great deal of thanks to the local music venues and production teams that give us a platform to play original music,” keyboardist Alex Agudelo mentions. “The Ocean Mist in Matunuck, Paddy’s Beach Club in Westerly and The Parlour in Providence to name a few have been great places for local artists.”
The EP exudes a consistent amount of electricity and syncopation to the forefront. “Flabbergasted” shines due to Quinn’s bass lines fusing with Rich Sherman’s drumming to create stellar dynamics. The horn section of Collin Larkin on saxophone and Manny Morales on trumpet play off guitarist Mike Schiavone’s riffs in excellent fashion. There’s a hip hop vibe within “Dilla” establishing a groove while “Flee The Scene” has Agudelo making his presence felt on the keys. Another fantastic track is “Gaslight”, Schiavone’s knack for adding an edge to jazzy elements is very apparent.
Fans can expect another release to follow up the new EP at some point next year. Slurp also wants to network themselves more to get their music out to new people.
“We hope to work with more bands and venues around New England and bring our sound to a larger audience,” Schiavone says on what the future holds. “We have already started writing new music for our second album and hope to start recording before the new year.”