Jun 12th, 2014
Brighton funk & soul unit The Impellers release their third studio album “My Certainty” in which the band – featuring vocalist Clair Witcher and composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Glenn Fallows – explore fresh territory and reinvent their sound. After establishing themselves as a tight and authentic raw funk act with their previous releases, “we wanted this album to be different to other material we’ve produced, but still keeping the big and heavy sound which people have liked about us,” Clair explains.
“My Certainty” kicks off with forceful and seriously strutting number “I Don’t Care”. While, with “Last Dance of The Moai”, which was also featured on the band’s debut album “Robot Legs”, they felt there was more to it than they had previously gotten out of it: “The new bass groove really brought it back to life. Oh, and it’s kind of a protest song too. The Moai are the big head statues on Easter Island. The song is about us destroying our planet and why that’s probably not a good thing to do.”
Title track “My Certainty”, launched alongside a new VIDEO (see above), is a key composition to the album: “We wanted the album to be more song-based than our previous albums which were very much funk-driven. This track is really different from anything we’ve done before. Acoustic guitar, no drums for most of the song – just very different.” The writing talents of Barry Lalanne are featured on “My Tears (Too Good for You)”. He ex: “I really wanted to write a song that captured the essence of the attitude of the great female funk artists of the 60’s – Marva Whitney, Lyn Collins, Vicki Anderson, – the whole ‘woman scorned’ vibe.”
“Another Day” is going down with a heavy Clav and Fender Rhodes: “We wanted it to sound like something you’d hear in an underground music venue in Greenwich Village.” “The Routine” takes influences from Masters At Work‘s Nu-Yorican Soul, while “Something Only Happens To Me” explores D’Angelo and Prince territory. With “Ray McKay” The Impellers go back to their roots: “It’s a disheveled, messy, chaotic number that’s thrown out there by the band at a thousand miles an hour.” And that’s exactly what The Impellers achieve with “My Certainty” – deep and raw as well as thoughtful and skilled – future funk indeed!
Out on Légère Recordings via CD / LP / Digital on June 13th