Thursday, December 25, 2008

FoundTrack's Fall '08 Collection (Track 17/20) - The Phenomenal Handclap Band - 15 to 20

The Phenomenal Handclap Band - 15 to 20 (Track 17 of 20 - Damn! almost a sweet coincidence)
Album - The Phenomenal Handclap Band (Unreleased Advance)
Label - Self-Release (Embassy Sound Productions)
Photo By Alex Solmssen

Daniel Collas and Sean Marquand are two NY Underground DJ's who grew tired of playing other people's music so they decided to produce their own on Embassy Sound Productions, creating groovy dance-oriented rock fueled by live instrumentation instead of their Mac Powerbooks. Their initial success in revitalizing the careers of two veteran soul acts,
New York's Joe Bataan and Brazil's União Black, had given them the motivation to form The Phenomenal Handclap Band, a supergroup of 25+ consisting of a who's who in the indie rock and underground soul scenes. The band's yearbook picture would feature members of TV on the Radio, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Si Se, Calla, Mooney Suzuki and many more with honorable mention not pictured album contributions from members of Antibalas, Oakley Hall, The Dap Kings, Diamond Nights, Persephone's Bees and Apollo Heights. Mix together all those guys and you get a sound that is characterized by anthemic dance-flooriented progressive rock with 60's soul, 70's disco, 80's electro and 90's hip-hoperatic orchestral backbeats.

Their self-released/titled debut album is unavailable for purchase but the band has been kind enough to contribute their debut single "15 to 20" for our Fall collection feat. The Lady Tigra (L'Trimm) on vocals singing "5,10,15,20.....45,50 all that time still riding the bus." I'm guessing she's referring to the head count on the Phenomenal Handclappers tour van. Last i checked on their myspace, their were 28. Perhaps NY's answer to Canada's Broken Social Scene, inviting any and all people to collaborate and join the funkiest fam in the land. Although they've only had a handful of live performances I hear they're not to be missed. Prefix Mag has a comprehensive gallery/review of their debut show in July. Here is a little preview thanks to this video from Silent Five Media's Chris Talbott of the track "You'll Disappear" live at The Rivington Lounge in New York City.

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