Funk is one of the most unique and interesting genres in contemporary music. In its early days, bands such as Parliament Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire wrapped the world in funk’s warm, danceable grooves. The same bands also provided a unique live delivery of their sounds. Parliament and Earth, Wind & Fire would typically dazzle the audience with psychedelic costumes and an impressive stage show.
The Azalea City will soon experience the next step in funk’s evolution on Thursday, Feb. 26, when Here Come the Mummies make their debut at Soul Kitchen. Ten members strong, this band of impressive looking (and sounding) mummies (that’s right mummies) have been getting crowds moving and grooving nationwide for many years. According to Java Mummy, the funk was a natural choice for this band.
“We have always endeavored to make people sweat and shake,” Java said. “Once you make a crowd dance, you never want it to end. What better than funk to make them move? That said, we do tend to genre hop at will from Latin to metal, but all our songs were written to punch you in the pants.”
While Java will admit that their appearance may initially be a hindrance, he claims that it does not take the crowd long to get over their look. He says that the fans who do not demand their money back are fans for life. Their musical prowess is legendary, and there are many rumors that some of the men behind the wrappings are actually Grammy Award winners. However, Java was quick to avoid dispelling that rumor.
“It would be so much tastier for the rumors to be about which starlet we are currently sporting on the French Riviera,” Java said.
Last year was a big one for Here Come the Mummies. In an effort to appeal to their ever-growing fan base of young people, the band decided to release their entire collection of albums as free downloads through their website. The move culminated in the release of “Boxicology,” a physical box set containing the band’s entire catalog. The band did not have big expectations as far as sales go, but “Boxicology” sold out in a week.
“Since we had given away each EP as a free download only, we had zero expectation of selling many of the box sets,” Java said. “We were thrilled to sell out within a week.”
The Azalea City should take advantage of what the rest of the world has been enjoying. As far as sonic expectations are concerned, Java said to prepare for “eight, slightly scary, mummies pumping out non-stop energetic trouser music, with an insane horn section and maddeningly catchy songs.”