Funk 'n Waffles presents: OLIVER KENNAN
Thu May 16, 2019 9:00 pm (Doors: 8:00 pm )
Funk 'n Waffles
about Oliver Kennan
“Some people have an internal monologue,” explains NYC-based bandleader, Oliver Kennan, “I have an internal jukebox and I want to show people what it sounds like.”
Beneath Kennan’s youthful appearance lies an old soul. A first listen to “Waiting,” the second cut on his debut album Oh Boy (May 10th,Hornblow Recordings) makes it clear that his internal jukebox is stocked with classic 45s from the golden age of soul and funk. It’s the vintage kind, where you can see the inner workings behind the glowing glass dropping your current bop into play. On Oh Boy, Kennan is spinning bits and pieces of those records into something entirely his own.
The jukebox is stocked with modern hits, too: Kennan’s stated influences range from Otis Redding to Arcade Fire, Dr. John toRadiohead, and Wilson Pickett to Amy Winehouse. Kennan’s vocals, songwriting, and guitar playing skills honor all of his heroes, classic and contemporary, but his greatest talent may be in leading his band. The ensemble is comprised of accomplished performers in their own right, and together they are one of the city’s most exciting soul ensembles.
Kennan’s pushed himself when it came time to record Oh Boy.
“I was inspired to record everything live to tape just like my favorite classic records,” he explains. “Recording live gives the music an organic feeling, full of idiosyncrasies, which shows what a band can really do without modern studio techniques.” The recording setup also made for a fun feeling that permeates the grooves and makes these tunes jump up and out.
“My goal was to show who I am and what I believe in,” Kennanconfides. “I want people to feel like they’re reading my journal on the dance floor at my party.” Oh Boy by Oliver Kennan arrives May 10thvia Hornblow Recordings.
Oliver Kennan is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.