Great, great, great funk band from Los Angeles, Orgone, www.myspace.com/orgonemusic absolutely tore apart The Mint on Friday night. With a near packed house, and lots of soulful energy in the air as a result of Michael Jackson’s passing, Orgone totally took the reigns of that energy and rode it into the funkmosphere.
The bass was slapping, the snares were hot, the brass was bopping and the funk was downright dirty. I couldn’t stop moving my feet. The band seamlessly wove in a few Jackson teases, despite never breaking into a full-on Jackson tune. Having elected to show up instead of going to Electric Daisy Carnival (which allegedly 130,000 people went to?!??!?!), I was pleased that it was a dance party in The Mint too.
Kicking off just around 11:30 – Orgone pumped through favorites like “Orgone Sophisticated Honky” and “Orgone A Wot.” Their show was live and fresh – and their singer has a deep and wide-ranging soulful sound kind of like Sharon Jones. In fact, the whole make-up is very much like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and the Ubiquity bands’ sound is very similar to their Daptones Records counterparts.
They will be back through LA soon – at the Funk Rumble Block Party in mid-July and then in August at Sunset Junction Street Festival, where Arrested Development will also be performing. If you missed them this time – make sure you’re there to catch em in July and August. For all you know – they could be the band backing the next Amy Winehouse (can I hear a cocknbullkid or possibly a funk band backing Little Boots?)