New Orleans funk powerhouse Dumpstaphunk announce their new albumÂ Where Do We Go From Here,Â set to release on April 23, 2021 (via Mascot Label Group / The Funk Garage). The release marks the bandâ€™s first full length album in seven years, and undeniably the most powerful and politically pointed of their career.Â Â Previously released singles include â€œJustice 2020,â€ recently called one of the â€œBest Songs of 2020â€ by the New York Times, and the contemplative title-track â€œWhere Do We Go From Here.â€Â The record is a sharply relevant statement, even more-so than the group anticipated during writing and recording sessions just prior to the unprecedented events of the last year.
The album is now available to pre-orderÂ HERE.
In celebration of the announcement, Dumpstaphunk will perform songs from the upcoming album on NPRâ€™sÂ World CafÃ©Â today, along with an exclusive interview with band leader Ivan Neville.Â Fans can tune in worldwide on their local NPR station or on-line.
Dumpstaphunk released the albumâ€™s title track â€œWhere Do We Go From Hereâ€ in August 2020, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, earning praise from theÂ New York TimesÂ for its â€œslinky funk backbeatâ€ and â€œgospel determination.â€ On the eve of the presidential election the band strategically released the singleÂ â€œJustice 2020â€ (featuring Chali 2na and Trombone Shorty), which became an unofficial anthem of the social justice movement. The powerfulÂ music videoÂ led the New York Times to name â€œJustice 2020â€ one of the â€œTop 20 Songs of 2020,â€ in part due to the music videoâ€™s strong message alluding to social injustice, systemic racism, police brutality and the need for change, while also demanding lyrically that as human beings â€œWe Are All Beautiful.â€Â Dumpstaphunk will release a remix of â€œJustice 2020â€ by Cut Chemist this Friday, January 15th.
The bandâ€™s arsenal of classic and modern influences can be heard throughout the new album, a distinctive mix of genuine New Orleans funk, old school R&B and guitar fueled modern rock;Â from the slap-bass rave â€œMake It After Allâ€ to the bandâ€™s contemporary renderings of NOLA R&B raritiesÂ (the 1975 Blackmail gem â€œLetâ€™s Get At Itâ€) and early Seventies classics (Sly and the Family Stoneâ€™s â€œIn Timeâ€). One song with an unexpected genesis is the bandâ€™s urgent cover of Buddy Milesâ€™ 1973 Hendrix inspired â€œUnited Nations Stomp,â€ which features searing guitar solos from special guest, rising blues guitar phenom Marcus King.
â€œWe hope people can hear the new songs and are inclined to dance, and inspired to think at the same time,â€ says Ivan, speaking to the new albumâ€™s delicate balance between topic material and dance-floor rockers.
Over the past 17 years, Dumpstaphunk has earned its reputation as a highly respected next-generation New Orleans musical institution, the type of band whose live performances have attracted sit-ins from legends like Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, George Clinton and members of Phish.Â Alongside original core members Tony Hall and Nick Daniels,Â and the new additions of Alex Wasily, Ryan Nyther and drummer Devin Trusclair,Â Ivan and Ian Neville (the sons of Aaron Neville and Art â€œPoppa Funkâ€ Neville respectively) have built upon their familyâ€™s iconic NOLA legacy as theyâ€™ve transformed Dumpstaphunk into the cityâ€™s pre-eminent 21st-century funk-fusion export, resulting in recent career highlights like their July 2019 opening gig for the Rolling Stones on their home turf at the New Orleans Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Modernizing and reinvigorating the Neville/Meters family groove has been one of the driving forces of Dumpstaphunk since the band spontaneously formed during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2003.Â Where Do We Go From HereÂ is perhaps the best evidence yet of Dumpstaphunkâ€™s ability to strengthen and transform their singular Crescent City roots in combination with the deeper outside musical and philosophical influences on which the band is founded.
â€œObviously, the New Orleans history is just embedded in us, but we manage to incorporate all the other stuff weâ€™ve listened to over the years,â€ says Ivan. â€œWeâ€™re representing a legacy, but weâ€™re reimagining a lot of it, too.â€