Busty And The Bass

Busty And The Bass

The Montréal, Quebec octet -- Nick Ferraro [vocals, alto sax], Evan Crofton a.k.a. Alistair Blu [vocals, keys, synths], Scott Bevins [trumpet], Chris Vincent [trombone], Louis Stein [guitar], Milo Johnson [bass], Eric Haynes [keys, piano], and Julian Trivers [drums] -- score nostalgic lyrical ruminations with a soundscape of simmering soul, fiery funk, spirited rock, hypnotic hip-hop, and artful R&B, inviting icons such as Macy Gray and George Clinton along for the ride.

A collective journey prepared them to be able to dispense such wisdom. As the story goes, the musicians met during their first week as students in the jazz program at McGill University back in 2011. They went on to drop a pair of EPs -- GLAM [2015] and LIFT [2016] -- before unveiling 2017’s full-length debut, Uncommon Good. In addition to packing houses on headline tours, they graced the stages of international festivals such as Made in America, Osheaga, Pinkpop, Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Great Escape, Ottawa Bluefest, and Rifflandia, playing alongside the likes of Radiohead, Anderson .Paak, and Lana Del Rey. To date, they’ve amassed over 10 million total streams and attracted the acclaim of Huffington Post and many more. Giving back whenever possible, Busty and the Bass also capitalized on every opportunity to perform at public schools across North America, emphasizing the importance of music and education.

2018 saw the guys do something they hadn’t done in three years; they took a break and hunkered down to write. Rather than simply jam and rely on “instrumental vibes, ” the members crafted song ideas individually and presented them to the larger collective.

“We took one-week or two-week stretches and wrote by ourselves, and then we came together for three uninterrupted weeks in the studio,” recalls Scott.”

Once again, the group collaborated with GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer Neal Pogue [OutKast, Earth Wind and Fire]. Evan goes on, “He’s like a spiritual guide. He focuses all of our opinions and musical ideas into one atmosphere.”

With 2019’s end approaching, Busty and the Bass released “Clouds” [feat. Amber Navran]. For the first time, they welcomed guest vocalists on a record. Moonchild singer Amber lent her unmistakable croon to “Clouds” as a slick guitar echoes through a steady and stark beat. Soon after, trumpets pipe up between warbling talk box and a heartfelt hook.

“I was going through a really shitty breakup, which lasted forever,” says Evan. “At the end of it, I could finally see through the clouds."

”As another first, “Summer” incorporates a swell of cinematic strings, adding rich scope to the tune. Nick elaborates, “I whistled the chorus melody while I was walking on the beach. It sounds like another breakup tune, but it’s really about a shitty summer. I was breaking up with happiness."

Cutting vocals in the woods behind his college dorm. Mixing in the backseat of a sedan. Sneaking into the music department after hours to teach himself to play new instruments (and sneaking out before the faculty arrived in the morning). From the start, Mobley's work has been marked by solitude, ingenuity, and a drive that could only be called obsessive. Whether you experience the Austin-based artist on record or at one of his incomparable one-man band concerts, the passion is palpable in every aspect. He singlehandedly writes, performs, & produces his music, designs his artwork, directs his videos, produces his multimedia live shows, and even builds new instruments to carry out his vision.

Most recently, he's composed dozens of pieces for stage and television (HBO, Fox, NBC), played hundreds of US and international tour dates (with the likes of Phantogram, JUNGLE, Cold War Kids, Mutemath & Robert Delong and at festivals like ACL, Lollapalooza, Hangout, SXSW, Reeperbahn and Noise Pop), and recorded (then scrapped) two albums worth of music in pursuit of the songs that would become his latest release, Fresh Lies, Vol. I. The music -- which Mobley calls "post-genre pop" -- defies easy classification, but uses the familiar form of love songs to explore the intricacies of his relationship with his country. The project is the first installment of what Mobley envisions as a career-spanning song cycle addressing the theme, with plans to release a volume for each generation of his family since his ancestors were first brought to the continent.

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