“Black Pumas sounds like a band name coined at the twilight of the soul era, when R&B turned grittier, trippier, and funkier. Itâ€™s a name that evokes that of the Black Panthers, the African-American activist group who defined militant protest during the late 1960s and early 1970sâ€”which is not coincidentally the period that the Austin-based duo of guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada and vocalist Eric Burton consciously conjure on their eponymous debut album.
At no point onÂ Black PumasÂ do Quesada and Burton shy away from signifiers of the past. Rhythms roll with the tight precision of the Hi Records rhythm section, â€œFireâ€ is punctuated with horns straight out of Stax, â€œOCT 33â€ finds Burton obliquely nodding atÂ Otis Reddingâ€™s â€œFa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song),â€ the title of its opener â€œBlack Moon Risingâ€ echoesÂ Creedence Clearwater Revivalâ€™s doomsday classic â€œBad Moon Rising.â€ Black Pumas are too clever to succumb to pure nostalgic pandering, though. They pointedly avoid the pitfalls that plague well-intentioned retro-soul records, favoring feel over authenticity, playing as much for the head as the heart.”- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (Pitchfork)
We are Wax Dream. Raucous, hard hitting Psychedelic Garage Rock from Houston, TX. Our main goal is to provide loud, fuzzy guitars backed with a rock solid, danceable groove and a range of psychedelic sounds so you can vibe out, dance, or enjoy however you like.