GFE:"Broken Time Machine"
It's been called "a dark album for dark times". Between two wars, a devastated economy, rampant corporate & government corruption & a news media that's fallen asleep at the switch, America has a lot on it's plate. As usual GFE addresses the issues, but instead of drowning in the misery they have somehow seamlessly blended their brand of social commentary with their trademark passion & positivity. In the same way they mix cynicism with honesty & skepticism with hope, they bring together drum machines & samplers with live instrumentation, DJ's & rappers with smooth female vocals. Broken Time Machine is largely representative of the time at which it is being released. A product of weathering the storm of the Bush administration, and the precipice of what could either be the final plunge into chaos or the truning point to a new & better age.
GFE is an eight piece hip hop funk ensemble featuring drums, bass, guitar, keys, percussion, 3 MC’s & one female vocalist. Their members hail from all over the country and their musical influences are as varied as their social & geographic background. Their sound consists of mainly bass driven funk grooves covered by intelligent, thought provoking lyrics, and has been referred to as “Big, thumpin’, politically charged dance music”.
Formed in 1997 the band has toured nearly every state in the union, performed & recorded with such musical heavyweights as George Clinton, Masta Ace, Eric Krasno of Soulive, Murs, hip hop pioneer Granmaster Caz and many more. They have been written about in such national publications as XXL, High Times, Spin, Relix & the Source. GFE has recorded five full length albums to date, several vinyl singles and one EP, as well as a substantial collection of solo efforts from several individual band members.
Most importantly in today’s musical landscape of sound-alike bands mimicking one another & whatever is popular, GFE has spent years crafting an original, signature sound that sets it light years apart from anything else out there.