Last week, the Upstate New York funk outfit Formula 5 announced a Kickstarter campaign in support of their forthcoming studio album, their third one, set to be released in Spring 2017. In less than four days, the crowd-funding effort netted more than 20% of their $12,000 goal, putting them on a pace that would easily exceed their goal before the December 14 deadline.
This venture into the studio will be first one for the current band lineup of Joe Davis (guitar), Greg Marek (drums), James Woods (bass) and Matt Richards (keyboards). This will also be the first studio album for both Woods and Richards, the newest member of the group, who shared with us his excitement about entering the studio for the first time.
”I look forward to the process of arranging songs we have performed live many times, and how that will be different from the process of adapting our new songs from the album to their live arrangements. In a live setting, you have to perfect your arrangement of a song during the performance. You are limited by what arrangement you can perform in a singular moment. In the studio, your arrangements aren’t limited by what you can perform at one moment. That greatly increases the number of possible arrangements for a given song.” – Matt Richards, keyboards/vocals, Formula 5
Formula 5 has upped its game and toured relentlessly in 2016, clocking in at nearly 90 shows so far, and will end the year with a Phish pre-show in New York City at American Beauty on December 30. Then the band enters the studio in January for a full month off to record in Albany, NY with a planned release in the spring.
During the past 5 years, Formula 5 has undergone immense growth and change, both musically and as a team. With a fan base that has grown thanks to appearances at Catskill Chill, Disc Jam, Buffalove, Backwoods Pondfest, Rock n Roll Resort, and Adirondack Music Festival, drummer Greg Marek reflects on the success of 2016: “We have gained a significant amount of fans in the last year that have shown immense support both online and at the shows.”
As Formula 5 launches their current Kickstarter campaign, they’re confident that their improvisational funk jam sound will continue to find new audiences across the country and help grow an increasingly fervent fan base. The band intends to record an album for fans both old and new, establish a unique sound and then return to the road in support of an art they are proud to perform live.
Check out free soundboard downloads of their shows at F5jams.com