Megatron | I Believe in a Thing Called Soul, Vol. 1

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I Believe in a Thing Called Soul, Vol. 1

by Megatron

This "Heavy Soul" Trio of B-3 Organ, Trumpet and Drums, create an explosion of funky riffs, massive basslines, and relentless grooves.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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1. Clean Break
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2. Double D
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3. Take Me Home
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4. Mr. Clean
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5. Water No Get Enemy
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6. Live At the Nightlight
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7. Clean Break (Dirty 45 Single)
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8. Double D (Fresh Robot Electro Dub)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Megatron: Fantastic fusion of soul, funk, jazz, pop, and hip hop
By Ian Chant
(printed in What'sUp Magazine April 2006)

Megatron, the jazz/funk/soul fusion trio whose robotic moniker was coined in a moment of panic by front man and trumpet guru Paul Chandler, will be releasing its debut CD, I Believe in a Thing Called Soul: Vol. 1, this spring.

“It all started back at the Rogue Hero. I booked a show, and didn’t really have a band. Delvon and Julian were free, so we played. When Scotty, the bartender, asked us what to call the band, in about 10 seconds I came up with Megatron, inspired by the clientele of the Rogue, who are pretty metal-oriented from time to time. The name has stuck ever since.”

Delvon and Julian are Delvon Dumas and Julian MacDonough (holding down duty on the Hammond B-3 organs and drums, respectively), both veterans of the Northwest music scene boasting work alongside various area jazz musicians as well as other projects, including Bellingham’s own funk orchestra, La Push. Chandler and MacDonough had been playing and recording together prior to as the duet Melodious Thunk, a project that went into extended hibernation since the addition of Dumas and his Hammond organ to the acoustical mix.

“Delvon had started playing with LaPush at the time, as had Julian, so we were all playing funk in a really big band, so I guess we wanted to try and get the same big sound with less people, and tighter arrangements.”

After playing live shows around town at venues such as the Rogue and the Nightlight Lounge, the trio was encouraged enough to enter the studio for their first album, I Believe in a Thing Called Soul: Vol. 1. I got lucky enough to snag a few words about the band, the album and the recording process from Chandler via e-mail from Puerto Vallarta, where he is living, working and walking on stilts for the time being with Bellingham’s Dream Science Circus band.

Recording the album went off without a hitch, according to Chandler, who worked double duty on the album, doing engineering and production work as well as busting out the wicked trumpet work. “We recorded with Pat Gaye at Sleng Teng Studio, out in the Wood Hood of Bellingham. It was really casual, as opposed to some really sterile uncomfortable sessions I’ve done in big expensive studios. We knocked out six tracks in one day, and then did another day of some overdubs…All in all it was a really quick and cheap project to do.”

Thing Called Soul has a core of five studio tracks that dive headfirst into an array of musical genres, taking on disco, funk, jazz and soul with the same wild abandon. Trumpet blasts wail and swoon alongside ridiculously funky beats laid down from the drums and organ, somehow recalling Parliament Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock and the Jackson 5 on acid in the same tune. Between Chandler, Dumas and McDonough, the band’s influences are too many to mention here, but their admiration for the musicians of yesteryear is obvious; as Chandler puts it, “There are a lot of sources of inspiration…There is a whole culture of people who are constantly digging through record crates to find that one gem that nobody knows about. People are re-discovering all these great tunes and bands from the 60’s and 70’s at the same time.”

The musicians of Megatron embrace the challenge of bringing this underappreciated sound to a wider audience through their soul/funk explosion. “There’re a lot of kids that listen to these crappy bands that have no sense of history. They think of Michael Jackson as a freaky child molester, instead of one of the funkiest child performers ever, or people who say they hate disco, but if they heard the Ohio Players, they would poop their pants… I guess we kind of want to recreate the vibe and feel of some of that classic soul and funk, but add another dimension of pop or heavy metal or hip hop, so we can hook in the people who wouldn’t necessarily be listening to a band like Megatron.”

To fill out the CD, the fellas added a couple of bonus tracks along with the studio pieces, including an electro dub remix of Dumas’ original tune “Double D” and a can’tmiss live recording from the Nightlight—arguably the high point of the CD—of the coolest cover of the Sesame Street theme song you have ever heard.

Along with being the first release for Megatron, I Believe in a Thing Called Soul: Vol. 1 is the first release on Chandler’s new label, Dirt Factory Records. Established in an attempt to motivate Chandler to make more music, Dirt Factory has two more releases coming up in a party mix by DJ Masked Avenger entitled Soul Smackdown and a collection of Chandler’s electronic work as Fresh Robot called Electronation. But for right now, you’ll just have to tide yourself over with the funktacular sounds of Megatron, a band that will make you, too, believe in a thing called soul.


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Miss Damena

this can't be a trio...
the reason this gets 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is TOO SHORT.
Damn this band is funky and soulful and funny and quirky and solid...
wow.
really, it's nice that they put a few bonus tracks on the end of the CD, but 5 tracks just aren't enough for this band. I want MORE! so maybe if you buy this cd, they can get enough money together to release "I Believe In A Thing Called Soul. Volume 2" and put a few more choice cuts out there for all of us to jam out to.
seriously, this band of 3 people sounds like 5 or 6. I don't know how they did it. but really , there are some old school funky tracks on the cd that sound like they're straight out of the 60's, and then there's some crazy remixed stuff that is up there with Luke Vibert and Squarepusher... I can't wait to see these guys live again. the talent that they have and how they communicate on stage is quite remarkable, and the ease in which they switch up styles and genres is unbelievable. Quite an album and quite a band.

Maris Kensley

SUPER good band!
I just saw these guys opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings in Vancouver at the commadore ballroom. They were SO amazing! such great expressive funk from just a trio. I stood in line to buy their disc after their set and got one of the last ones, and am so glad that I did!
I recommend anyone to grab this disc and check these guys out! cheers.

Dr. Funkenstein

wow! this joint is funky.
For a trio of musicians, Megatron sure knows how to throw down a big- no BIG sound. This CD really showcases the tightness of this trio- which is always easy to recognize in a live situation, but harder to capture in the studio realm... but these boys have done it. Stand-out tracks are Fela Kuti's classic "Water No Get Enemy' I'm not sure if the Trumpet player, Paul, overdubed a trombone in there or what, but I know he uses effects on his horn sometimes, but the sound is FAT, and Delvon's organ playing is hot. Julian, the drummer, sounds like an Octopus on that drum kit.Another stand-out track is Delvon's original "Double D" it is a long tune with a long form, but once you get into it it is pretty hypnotic- with a shuffle funk drum style, and dirty bassline. also a break from the disc, is the last track- a remix of the same tune by a producer by the name of "Fresh Robot"- It is an electro dub track using the same bassline, but going into uncharted dimentions of sound, with swirly synthesizers and drum machines... Quite a kick.
Megatron is surely a band to check out live in the club, but when you can't, this CD in your car stereo or livingroom will surely suffice. An outstanding debut from these young princes of funk and soul.

Douze Pouces (Radio Montreal)

I fell straight on my ass.
"From sound to performance, this is one of the best cds we've gotten here"...

"...as soon as I pushed play on my stereo, I fell straight on my ass!"

- Douze Pouces (radio Montreal)

Ryan Richardson

unique sound
"Megatron creates a unique musical style that is at once stark and wonderfully textured.  The depth and richness of the music played here is amazing" -Ryan Richardson (Hammond Beat)

Martin Lawrie (www.soulgeneration.co.uk)

one to look out for
"Megatron deliver the goods with their first release "I Believe In A Thing Called Soul" - a fusion of Afrobeat ala Antibalas, Kokolo and Blue Note inspired Hammond Jazz. Can't wait to hear this lot live! One to look out for without doubt." 2 of 3 stars

Per

Time machine
This CD will transport you back to the early 70s fusion scene...great disc.

David Shelles

Excellent work, but...
Like the reviewer below, this was too short of a CD. With just five originals, the live montage and the two remixes, however, to put it another way, the guys definitely left me wanting more. They successfully toe a line drawn in the sand between heady acid jazz and free-form jam, and you can see the jazz-heads getting along with the dirty children. Having seen them live I can honestly say there's something for everyone in a Megatron show, and hopefully on their next CD. Keep up the good work, gents.

jenny p

holy cow!
I just saw these guys for the first time the other night, and was BLOWN AWAY!
I bought their disc @ the show, and suggest everyone to do the same. if you can't see them live, BUY THIS DISC NOW! you won't regret it. it's unlike anything thats out right now. totally refreshing and groove-a-licious!!!!!