Toronto based band Organic Funk launched their latest CD entitled “Speak Now” on February 10, 2011 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada to an enthusiastic crowd. The first single from the album entitled “For Today” was prereleased to radio and the immediate reaction was excellent garnering airplay coast to coast in Canada. The band has been compared to “a pre-popular Maroon 5”. The comments from radio have been very encouraging… “There is something very pure and raw about them…” “They may be on to something…” “Definitely a winner…” “Absolutely love it“. Their new album, entitled “Speak Now” features 10 great tracks and is available on Trilogy Records which is distributed world-wide on the web by The Orchard.
The funk/rock quartet is made up of Michael Costantini, Lead Vocals & Guitars, Shawn Rompre on Drums, Jim O’Brian on Bass, Sax and Vocals and Alan Zemaitis on Keyboards and Vocals. The band composes, produces and performs music that has been described as “contemporary rock with a funky groove and a hint of retro”. Although the group aspires to perform their own original material, they win approval for their original songs by interspersing well known musical titles that blend with their originals, elevating their songs alongside the classic hits. They have built a strong following in their home territory and have an excellent web presence through their profile on My Space.
Their summer tour schedule saw them playing on average 3 shows a week in small to medium size clubs with a sprinkling of Festival appearances in key Ontario markets. The band will officially release their second single, the title track of their CD “Speak Now”, together with the video on September 15th, 2011. To support the release the band will be performing tour dates in Ontario and Quebec. And if that’s not enough, the band will follow this up embarking on their first European Tour which will kick off in Paris, France at the highly acclaimed Euro Disney Theme Park with several shows scheduled at the prestigious Billy Bob’s concert venue located at Disney Village. The band currently enjoys receiving airplay on the NRJ Digital Radio Group’s platform where the show will be supported on NRJ POP.
Perhaps Canadian reviewer Ryan Stephenson Price sums it up best in a recent review of an Organic Funk concert in Toronto – here is an excerpt:
“…If you’ll take anything away from this review though –see them live if ever given the opportunity: they have a way of playing off each other that really emotes to the crowd. You can tell just how much fun they’re having, and they want you to join in too. They’ll leave you grooving in your shoes all night long, you’ll be singing along with their covers, and you just might get an invite to a party from some random attractive Europeans that were enticed to enter the venue from off the street because they heard some funky tunes as they happened to be walking by. What, that doesn’t happen to everybody? Well, clearly you were at the wrong concert that night…”
RYAN STEPHENSON PRICE, THE INDIE MACHINE May 13, 2011