The core of the Budos Band met as kids in an after school jazz ensemble on Staten Island. The lure of the stripped down sounds of Soul Music soon led to late night ferry rides into Manhattan, where they would sneak in the back door of the No Moore Club to hear Antibalas, the Sugarman Three, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. It was there, in that basement hothouse packed with only the hippest James Brown fanatics and Fela Kuti disciples, where the kernels of instrumental Afro-Soul were first sown into the fertile minds of these talented young men.
The Budos Band is the quintessence of Staten Island Soul. Eleven pieces in all, their group consists of drums, bass, guitar, electric organ, two trumpets, baritone saxophone, and a percussion section employing bongos, congas, tambourine, guiro, clave, shekere and cowbell.
The Budos Band officially joined the ranks of the Daptone Family with the release of their self-titled debut in 2005, and began to perform more frequently as part of the Daptone Soul Revue, alongside many of the very acts that had inspired them only a few years before. Show after show, the Budos Band's dynamic soulful performances have whipped crowds into dancing frenzies from coast to coast.
The musicians claim the secret to their enormous sound is a selfless approach to rhythm: each man finding his own place and purpose in the greater landscape of the measure. However, any observant listener can hear that it is something far more simple and rare that elevates their sound beyond the sphere of cognitive reason and into that far greater realm of pure feeling: The Budos Band have Soul, on the Inside. And it’s Strong!
The Budos Band plays the Iron Horse on Monday night. March 29th at 7PM. Get tickets here.