Felonious Groove Foundation's third release creates a splash throughout the Southwest.
The "Paper Tiger" has escaped its cage. New Mexico's premier funk outfit, Felonious Groove Foundation is riding a wave of attention following the release of its third full-length album entitled "Paper Tiger." F.G.F. kicked off the first of several CD release parties to a sell-out crowd in its hometown of Albuquerque, N.M. on Aug. 20. The entourage will also hold celebrations in Santa Fe, Durango, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Denver Colo. and Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz as the months continue.
"Paper Tiger" is the band's most daring effort to date, giving no regard to demographics, genres or convention. "My favorite part about the new album," bassist and vocalist Todd Lovato told the Albuquerque Journal in August, "is how these weird, diverse genres fit together into one work." Funk, Latin, bluegrass, dub reggae, doo-wop, hip-hop and R&B blend seamlessly from one track to the next driven by the meticulous studio production and blossoming songwriting of leaders Cali Soberanes and Lovato and the creative saxophone teaming of Colin Darby and Delmone Taylor.
During an interview with The New Mexican, guitarist and vocalist Cali Soberanes described the music as "saxophone-driven funk, reminiscent of the '70s with a modern twist."
Although "Paper Tiger" reveals the band exploring a variety of music styles, the sextet agrees that it prefers not to stray far from the funk. After all, it was the funk that transformed these six University of New Mexico students into rising stars after forming more than five years ago.
The band has been touring the weekends relentlessly while taking care of business in its home base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Capable of igniting audiences with original music (and an occasional James Brown or Sly and the Family Stone cover), F.G.F. plans to showcase "Paper Tiger," throughout the Southwest for the remainder of the year. "The band is pretty much booked solid until 2006," says Soberanes who also manages the band. "It's amazing to be getting calls for gigs in several different states and booking them months and months into the future. It reassures the band that we are spreading the word about F.G.F. The new album can only help perpetuate that growth." With recent articles published by New Mexico's Albuquerque Journal, Weekly Alibi, Daily Lobo, and Hyperactive Magazine, plus regular radio rotation on KUNM 89.9 FM, KDUR Durango CO and Radio Free Santa Fe 98.1, F.G.F. is poised to make New Mexico proud.
Producers Todd Lovato (Skinny Fat) and Cali Soberanes (Calimon) spent 300 hundred hours at world renowned recording facilities Stepbridge Studios in Santa Fe New Mexico. to bring you this eclectic mix of FGF's finest songs to date. The Albulm "Paper Tiger" is a definate must for your cd collection.