By: Brandon Benguaich
Jackson Steinwall does it all, he plays bass, sings, writes music, and on top of that he’s funny. The formation of the Funny Funk band was for a show Jackson created called “Jackson Steinwall’s Funny Funk Show.” The show featured a set of jokes he had written, with the headlining performance from his funny funk band with original music he had written for his funk combo in highschool. It was a success, and they decided to bring the funk show to new venues and solidify the band. Almost all of the band members are currently studying music at a post secondary level which includes Jackson Steinwall on Bass and Vocals, David Steinmetz on Drums, Andrew Moore on Guitar, Nolan Tait on Keyboards, Emily Steinwall on Tenor Sax, Tom Upjohn on Trumpet, and Margaret Nishimura on Trombone, and on top of that they often feature a rapper at their live shows. Their new EP will be released on Halloween so look forward to that!
The Funny Funk Band can best be described as dancy-funk and hip-hop. The first new track to be released off their new EP is titled “Knockout.” Overall its killer. It begins with a solid horn hook before the entirety of the rhythm section kicks you in the face. “It’ll take you off your feet,” this track literally knocks you out. Jackson’s vocals are sweet with a bite and with a bit of a growl. Soon enough in the track, theres a pretty wicked keyboard/organ solo, followed by a bass lick and then a reprise back to the beginning. Jackson has a good grasp of form which you can clearly hear and you can tell he is not only proficient as a musician and singer, but as a composer. The Funny Funk Band has amazing chemistry together, and its amazing to hear such strong musicians laying down such real music.
I can’t wait to hear the rest of the EP, so check out the track below: