Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents
Saturday May 16 (Late Show)
ShwizZ is cast of very skilled extraordinary characters grooving hard out of the Northeast. This enormous sound is best described as a melting pot of hard progressive rock and colorful funkadelic jazz. With an incredibly diverse catalogue of unique original music and a contagious incomparable energy, ShwizZ is celebrated for their signature high octane performances that have been garnering fans everywhere they perform. The group is currently finishing the first studio record in almost 5 years, which will be available come summer.
The latest EP highlights a change in musical direction for Mr. Breakdown. While the band's debut album Shake Daddy Jupiter showcased a wide array of influences, The Purple Bag focuses on the funk. The bass, drums and guitar link up in gritty harmony - the motor propelling this tight machine. The 1's are heavy and unrelenting, the snare drum is cracking, and the vocals shine. Mike's fun personality comes to life through his playful performances of soulful melodies. Matt Wayne's creative horn arrangements and Yan Falmagne's synth wizardry provide the icing on the cake. All the while, the soul and spontaneity captured in the studio bring the album to life.
Mr. Breakdown's upbeat debut album Shake Daddy Jupiter, released in 2012, was recorded by Bob Both of Twain Recording (Production Supervisor for James Brown from ’69 to ’75). “It takes me back to my James Brown days because this is a funky band. Coming from the James Brown School of Funk as I have, it was really nice to go back there again and see a bunch of younger guys picking up on the hipness of the old school funk. Taking it back to the old school and keeping it funky. And that’s Mr. Breakdown for sure.” (Bob Both)
Following the release of Shake Daddy Jupiter, Mr. Breakdown brought their high-energy dance party to clubs throughout the Northeast. They've played at Brooklyn Bowl and headlined at Mexicali Live. They've opened for George Porter Jr., Alan Evans Trio and worked with several R&B artists, including Jermaine Paul (2012 winner of NBC's hit TV show 'The Voice'). Breakdown also made their mark on the festival scene in 2013 with stellar sets at festivals including Equifunk and Rock N Roll Resort.
ShwizZ : 11:45
Breakdown : 1:30