Neo-Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk, RnB, Pop - it's all in there. In their first full length album, the Excellent Gentlemen defy genre, successfully digesting influences as diverse as Stevie Wonder, The Roots, D'Angelo, Marvin Gaye and Parliament into a sound that can only be described as Fresh.
Just Say Yes was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kung Fu Bakery's Dave Friedlander, who has worked with Prince and Pink Martini. The album sounds like a vintage recasting of new soulful music, recalling Jamie Lidell, Raphael Saadiq, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
The album is highly sweaty, highly sexy, and very danceable.
Featuring guest vocals by friend Paul Creighton (of Intervision), Just Say Yes is filled with the raw, live R&B grooves that have made Excellent Gentlemen the young group that everybody is watching.
We Love You…
Excellent Gentlemen implores you to take a seat on the comfortable couch.
Excellent Gentlemen would love for you to relax.
Excellent Gentlemen invites you to listen to some Fresh Beats and Anthems.
Excellent Gentlemen comments on the quality of the bumping bass and greasy guitar.
Excellent Gentlemen wonders if you’re at all thirsty.
Excellent Gentlemen pours some most refreshing libations.
Excellent Gentlemen leans over and mumbles reassuringly into your collarbone.
Excellent Gentlemen remarks on the taste of cinnamon upon your lips.
Excellent Gentlemen is totally all about doing what needs to be done.
Growing up together in New York forged a bond between these musicians that is evident in their lock-tight pockets and seemingly telepathic stage interactions. From their roots in the East coast neo-soul and hip-hop communities, these friends have forged a signature sound that is steeped in vitality and celebration.
Excellent Gentlemen plays danceable, vocal soul r&b music. Think '70s block parties and the foundations of golden-age hip-hop records. Their music stands for positivity, love, happiness and getting sexy; this is definitely NOT the drudgery of mediocre Indie-Rock. Their adopted home of Portland, OR has welcomed with open arms the injection of real live dance party music played by real live musicians. On the strength of their incredible live show, the independently-run band has ignited an adoring fan base and has become the hot touring funk act in the Pacific Northwest.