One of the Capital District’s loudest kept secrets is the powerhouse funk group known as Groovestick, who recently released their debut album, Groovestick. Lead by bassist Dan Gerken with Justin Henricks on guitar, Kevin Urvalek on drums, Dan Klug on percussion and Hammond organ star Chris Carballeira, these 5 musicians from Way Down, Timbre Coup and Dirty Paris create solid harmonies and high energy progressive funk that force you to groove. The eight track album reaching a little over half an hour is more than enough to convince you to see them live and get down to the funk. The album is available for streaming and a digital copy for $5 via bandcamp.com and was recorded at Telefunken Studios in Hartford, CT.
Groovestick is a quick listen to get the pre-party started for any night of the week. Henricks chillingly shreds classic rock chords as Carballeira adds vintage funky soul on the ivories. The album hits start with the jazzy quick tempo rock of “Horde”, a surge of rock to get the blood racing. “No Time for That” is a modern mo-town with a disco flair and strongly executed catchy lyrics from Dan Gerken and company. “Electric Shoes” is one of their fiercest songs, showcasing stand out solo work as well as mountainous peaks of melody, challenging the listener to break loose. Klug and Urvalek intertwine their controlled rhythm mania throughout the album for a nonstop tight groove. Groovestick is a boogie machine with rebellious soul, making this album of theirs a great soundtrack for the spring ahead.
Key Tracks: Not Time for That, Electric Shoes, Shark Bait