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THE MACROTONES (album release show) with very special guest FLYING VIPERS
The Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA
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THE MACROTONES (album release show) with very special guest FLYING VIPERS
Saturday 10/22
THE MACROTONES (album release show)
with very special guest FLYING VIPERS
$8 advance / $10 at the door
9:00 doors / 10:00 show (Fying Vipers @10 / Macrotones at 11:00)

Boston's premier afrofunk outfit, the Macrotones, have been launching explosive dance parties for nearly a decade. The 9-piece, horn-driven ensemble is steeped in funk, afrobeat, cinematic soul, ethiojazz, rock, and more, resulting in dark, interlaced rhythms and progressive arrangements. The bands tightly-honed grooves and infectious sound has shared the stage with like-minded practitioners such as the Budos Band, Grupo Fantasma, the Funk Ark, Big Mean Sound Machine, Ikebe Shakedown, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, and Barika, and is in good company with fellow instrumentalists Brownout, Jungle Fire, the Menahan Street Band, and the Shaolin Afronauts. Since typical genre descriptions fail to fully capture the scope of the Macrotones sound, new monikers need exploration: imperial funk, astrobeat, or even a soundtrack for spies all fit. For those looking for a distinctive take on funk, afrobeat, and global groove, the Macrotones are the thunderous answer.

After self-recording their first record, 2008s Wayne Manor, the Macrotones followed up with two studio albums: First Signs of Danger, released on Young Cub Records in 2010 and produced by Craig Welsh (John Browns Body, 10 Foot Ganja Plant), and Darvaza, released on Music ADD Records in 2012 and produced by Sean Slade (Radiohead, Morphine).

Their newest effort, Unknown Outpost, with Boston Music Award-winner and Grammy-nominated engineer and producer Benny Grotto at the helm, will for the first time feature guest vocalists on a number of songs, including emerging star Iyeoka.

Announcing the surprise debut release from the Flying Vipers, a new dub project from twin brothers John and Marc Beaudette (Destroy Babylon, The Macrotones) and keyboard extraordinaire Zack Brines (Pressure Cooker, Kings of Nuthin). The word "dub" gets thrown around a lot by reggae-influenced acts, but the trio is returning the concept back to it's roots of live analog remixing. The band recorded all of the instrumental songs to an 8-track cassette recording console using vintage drums, bass and organ. The final mixes were made by the elusive Jay Champany (Truth & Rights) directly on the console, using classic dub techniques and effects.

The Flying Vipers recording session began as a casual lo-fi affair, but the band was so surprised by the end results that they had the legendary Kevin Metcalfe (David Bowie, Lee Scratch Perry) master the final mixes. Distinct rhythms and melodies combined with authentic analog grit and the band's genuine passion for 1970's Jamaican music culminated in a sonic triumph; a refreshing approach in today's modern reggae scene.


The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


Music > Global
Music > Reggae
Music > World

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


On BPT Since: Aug 30, 2007
Billy Beard

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