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"I can't believe it's not butter"

“You’re hungry, aren’t you boy?” they sing. Hungry...for Funky Butter.

Funky Butter, a recently formed band of LM alumni, describes their music as, “funk, soul, rock, and butter all at once.” The band is comprised of LM graduates Kate Ferber (vocals), Justin Goldner (keyboards, guitar), Dan Tirer (guitar), Josh Steingard (drums), and bassist Brendan Moyneham, the only non-LM alum, from Long Island, New York. All of the members attend New York University together, except for Steingard, who studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Funky Butter began churning when Goldner contacted the three other LM grads this past summer, asking if they wanted to jam. After a few months of playing together, the quartet asked Moyneham to join and booked a gig upstairs at the World Café Live for December 22. Because of the successful attendance, Funky Butter was offered a spot to play on the downstairs mainstage of the venue.

The band’s growing fanbase within LM seems impressed with their stage presence and musical talent.

“It’s so much fun to watch them perform. The group dynamic is electric,” said senior Becca Odorisio.

Junior Ani Fiordimondo said, “I was so impressed by them, and how much the grew from the first performance I saw in December to this one [on the 14th of January].”

The Funky Butter following has spread beyond Ardmore to LM alumni across the Northeast.

Hannah Sacks, an LM alum at University of Maryland, called the band “a funky act with a bright future.”

The only constructive criticism the group received was from LM graduate Ben Goldman and fellow NYU student who said, “I’m tempted to say they need more cowbell.”

Goldner and Ferber have written all of the songs, like “Hungry,” though the rest of the band plans on writing as well. .

“I was totally blown away that they wrote these songs,” says Brendan, who was added to the band after their first gig on December 22 at World Café Live in Philadelphia.

Each band member got their interest in rock through many of the same groups, like Phish, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. It’s these similar interests that allow the group to collaboratively express themselves through their music.

“Music conveys a certain mood. That’s what I like

about our music-- I feel like it has a good mood,” said Ferber.

As far as the future, they don’t know where they’re headed. For now, they just enjoy playing the music that they like.

“We talk when we’re not playing music, but when we’re playing music we communicate on a deeper level,” said Ferber.

“We connect on a musical level and also chill. I couldn’t think of a better group of people to play music with,” Goldner said.

If you’d like to be on Funky Butter’s mailing list and receive updates on the band and upcoming shows, like their next one at The Point on March 17, send an e-mail to Dtirer@nyu.edu. - The Merionite


"NYU Bands Get a Chance for the Spotlight"

Once a college band has reached a steady dynamic, the next step is to find a way to become a part of the larger scene, and freshman band "Funky Butter" knows it. The group won a talent show at their Hayden dorm, won second place at the Inter-Residence Hall Council's Ultra Violet Live, and gained a large number of new fans.

Freshman Tina Reddington was skeptical of the NYU music scene at first, but Funky Butter changed her mind.

"They are so good," she said. "[They're] really talented and different than the usual indie rock music you hear today."

Funky Butter got their start in high school in their hometown of Philadelphia. Now, four of the members attend NYU and one goes to the Berklee School of Music. As newcomers to the New York music scene, Ultra Violet Live really helped put them on the map, bringing them loads of exposure.

Band member Daniel Tirer admits that finding gigs takes more than hard work. "It's all about who you know," he said.

It is common for new bands to create a network, so that they can let each other know about opportunities to play. Tirer also noted the importance of working with other bands and finding a personal niche.

"What sets us apart, even though we are still a new band exploring our sound, is that we all have a lot of diverse influences," he said. "We're all music majors, and we all listen to classical, jazz and rock, and try to mesh it together into something."
- Washington Square News


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Grounded in rock. Fueled by funk. Skilled at hip-hop. Schooled in jazz and classical. New York City's Funky Butter blends styles and pushes limits, churning out its own improvisational sound. What's in the recipe? Zeppelinesqe fury flavored with the emotional intensity of Fiona Apple. Add the raw wails of Janis Joplin and the smooth soul of Erykah Badu. Stir it up. You've got Funky Butter.
Formed by high school friends in Philadelphia in the summer of 2004, the eclectic quintet out of New York University and Berklee College of Music features a lineup of innovative musicians including dynamic front-woman Kate Ferber. After debuting before a capacity crowd at Philadelphia’s World Café Live Upstairs, Funky Butter was invited back to the WCL main stage to open for the Nashville band Blue Merle. Next up, as hometown headliners, Funky Butter packed The Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, playing to an energized, sold-out, standing-room-only crowd.
On the New York scene, the band has brought its funked-out jams and groove-laden rhythms to the Brooklyn Art Battles. Gigs at the Lion’s Den, opening for Alan and Neal Evans of Soulive and for Fighting Gravity, cemented Funky Butter’s reputation as a young, imaginative band to watch.
Funky Butter live is a must-hear experience, with soaring vocals, ripping solos, and bold improvisations. Funky Butter's primal pulse works its way to the heart of the crowd, brings audiences to their feet, and gets people calling out for another taste!

Funky Butter has shared the stage with:

Blue Merle
The Breakfast
Play On Brother, featuring Alan and Neal Evans of Soulive
Kermit Ruffins‚ Barbeque Swingers
Townhall
Fighting Gravity
Josh Komorowski
Below Carmine

Also:
Dr. Uhall
Jesse Ruben
Zelazowa