What's so good? By Joshua Mellin | Nov 10, 2011 | Total plays: 3,404
Last time we checked in with J.C. Brooks & The Uptown sound, they were hosting a sweaty dance party at the Hideout. In the year since, they've steadily gained momentum. They spent the winter performing in the musical Passing Strange, and joined Wilco, performing at their Solid Sound Festival at The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Signing to Bloodshot records and emerging with a fresh album, Want More,, the band is embarking on a full tour of the U.S., looking to bring the raw sound of Chicago's Uptown to the masses.
Debuting their new album to an excited crowd at the Double Door in Chicago, de facto master of ceremonies guitarist Billy Bungeroth had them entranced from the onset and J.C. had them dancing immediately.
Title track "Want More" and "Everything Will Be Fine" have both long been live set staples, and "I Got High" is a new personal favorite. Although their cover of Wilco's "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" complete with a dash of "Theologians" shined as usual, it was their energetic take on Janelle Monae's "Tightrope," complete with back up singers, that really got the party started.
The resurgence in popularity of soul music may be a response to a throwback of interesting social and political times, but there's nothing retro about the Uptown Sound. J.C.'s live set is the furthest you can get from gimmick, these are talented musicians coming together to play music they love, and have grown considerably tighter. Reviving soul? No, JC Brooks & The Uptown sound are advancing it.