Katdelic

Katdelic

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandR&BFunk

From the minute RonKat Spearman's KATDELIC takes the stage the crowd is on the dance floor and the party begins. The songwriting and music are an original blend of everything Funky flavored with rock, hip hop, RB and DJ loops. RonKat is a polished talented entertainer and Katdelic delivers.

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RonKat Spearman Interview – Santa Cruz Good Times

RonKat Spearman is “authorized to play the funk.” The Parliament Funkadelic Allstar is bringing his band, Katdelic, one of San Francisco’s hottest groups, to Moe’s Alley for an all-night dance party on Friday, July 24.

The leftie who could strum the guitar like a right-handed player, RonKat showed an aptitude for music at an early age and left his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., for Los Angeles to realize his dream of making it in the music industry. The ultra talented, composer, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist got his start writing hits for dozens of artists including, Jade, Toni Braxton and El Debarge, earning him Grammy nominations and a BMI Songwriter of the Year nod for the song, “Don’t Walk Away.”

In 2000, RonKat was personally asked by George Clinton to join Parliament Funkadelic, where he would spend the next decade touring as a guitar player and vocalist.

While he, “drew deep inspiration from playing with P-Funk,” Ronkat continued to develop his own style as songwriter and composer for what would become, Katdelic.

Fresh from performing at the The High Sierra Festival with Katdelic Acoustic, a smaller version of the Katdelic family, RonKat spoke with Good Times ahead of his Moe’s Alley show.

So how was performing with Pimps of Joytime and Katdelic Acoustic at The High Sierra Festival?

RONKAT: I’m surprised you think I’m in the Pimps of Joytime, haha, but I do work with them a lot! I played with my band Katdelic Acoustic and I played with a HSMF tradition called Guitarmegeddon. That’s a mash up of a lot of guitar players and this year’s theme was Watkins Glen, one of the original Rock Festivals from the 1970s in New York. I am friends with Brian Jay from the Pimps and we do play together in NOLA for the after Jazz Fest shows that the Boom Boom Room Presents. One of our bands is called, Jungle Jane. We did that band for the first time this year and the other is the WHIP. I dig the Pimps and it was good to hear them at HSMF and to hang with Brian Jay after the set.

Do you get to scratch a separate “musical itch” with each of your different projects?

RONKAT: Katdelic keeps me busy; I was in Parliament Funkadelic from 2000 to 2010. Then I decided, with George’s blessing, to do Katdelic. I’m a songwriter and producer and as much as I love the P-Funk, I have music of my own to express. A lot of it is influenced by the P-Funk vibe and the grooves, but I have my own Katdelic funk. We played at Moe’s last summer and George sat in with us, it was cool, he was going to come out on the fourth or fifth song, but he came out on the fourth or fifth note. He was on stage most of the night. Having someone you respect so much dig my music is like a confirmation to keep on going. When P-Funk is in town, I’m on stage with them. It’s the ‘funk mob;’ once you get in, it’s for life. They are my family and when I stand in my spot it’s like going home.

When you were getting your start in LA, cutting your teeth writing songs for artists like Jade, Toni Braxton, and Rick James just to name a few. What was it like as a young artist hearing your music played by legends like that? Is writing music for other artists something you’ve continued to do as your career progressed or plan to do again?

RONKAT: My writing partner and I put JADE together and the album went double platinum. Toni Braxton had a hit album already but she was also young. They are all very talented and it feels great when your music is sung and played by artists of that caliber. It was an honor to work with Rick James and we became friends and wrote together and I played guitar for him and was in his “Sex Me Funk Me” music video. I wrote for Earl Klugh, Chaka Kahn, El Debarge; I collaborated with Lenny Kravitz, there was a slew of them when I lived in LA. Once I went on the road as a musician I never stopped writing songs. I am a songwriter first but playing live music is right next to it for me. They run neck-and-neck.

Your upcoming Moe’s Alley show is dubbed a “dance party.” I would imagine with a group as funky as Katdelic every show is a dance party.

RONKAT: Every Katdelic show is a dance party and this one will be no different. We have our older favorites and always come with new songs and grooves. It is our mission to keep that dance floor full all night.

I know you and the band are no strangers to Santa Cruz.

RONKAT: We love Santa Cruz. We have some friends that live ‘off the grid’ in Santa Cruz and we are planning to shoot a video on their land this year. Other than that though, unfortunately, we get into town just in time to sound check and then after the show we are back on the road. When you are on the road you get to be in so many places but there’s never a lot of time to get into any activities other than eating somewhere close to the venue. We are happy to hit the club and meet the people who come out to see us and “Dance On The Mothership” with us.

Info: Katdelic. 9 p.m. Friday, July 24. Moe’s Alley. Tickets: $9/$12. Photo: RonKat Spearman via Facebook. Credit: Ashleigh Castro.

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Katdelic – Dark Beauty Magazine

We spoke with musician Ronkat Spearman about his future funk project Katdelic. Ronkat was a member of George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars for 10 years and continues to carry the musical torch which burns bright. He leads a fusion of musicians on a quest to take you higher with their funktastic sounds.

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Tell us about your Funk beginnings, where did you grow up?
My funk beginnings began at birth in Michigan jazz in the room next door to my baby crib rock n roll soul on the radio all day, funk and blues at my aunt Bertha”s house my head was swimming in music. My dad took me out to the clubs to play percussion with Jazz bands when I was six or seven years old, at first they would say take that kid home, he would tell them to just let me play one song. I’d do that and then when I’d get up to leave they would say, no don’t leave, stay where you are. My dad also gave me my first guitar, I’m left handed, he gave it to me upside down and I’ve been playing it that way my whole life.

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What San Francisco, Oakland venues are your favorite to perform at?
We have a residency at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, we’ve done Boom Boom Room Presents shows at The Chapel. I love to play at The Independent when they allow me, The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall and when it was around, Yoshi’s SF. I think Leo’s and The New Parrish are cool, I like a lot of them for different reasons. Sometimes it may be a little hole in the wall club but it may have a certain charm and appeal where you can really connect with an audience. Then you have your bigger venues where you can really capture and share your vision with an audience because of better lighting and sound. A place where you can really stretch out on stage artistically. We play at 19 Broadway in Fairfax, Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, Zodiacs Petaluma and the G Street Wunderbar in Davis on a regular basis.

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UPCOMING GIGS:
The Boom Boom Room SF, Ca May 1st
The Awaken Cafe in Oakland, Ca May 15th
G Street Wunderbar in Davis, Ca May 30th

Who is in your band line-up and what are their roles?
RONKAT SPEARMAN – Lead Vocal and Guitar
Lela Caro – lead and back up vocals
Genevieve McDevitt – triggers loops and back up vocals
Adam Lipsky – Drums
Rob Poole – Bass
Kirk Peterson – Bass
*We also have Aaron Saul, Alan Williams and Danny Cao on Horns

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I have so much respect for the musician, you are definitely keeping the Funk alive. What’s your take on the music industry, massive EDM Festivals and the direction things are going?
I feel like the music industry has had a severe heart attack and is in some sort of rehab making everyone really revaluate their positions, if they even have one at all. There are those in it that are still thriving so it appears, there’s nothing like having or being a part of that machine when it’s working properly though. Now it’s about the artist connecting straight and directly with the consumer because he or she can with out the middle man. That can be really cool until all of of sudden you are selling a billion downloads and now you’re the big record company and you need to hire people to help you run things. I guess fair and good business practices help. I love the EDM music scene it’s dope, I like to add elements of it to my show. It’s exciting and it surprises the audience when I do it and I think in a good way.

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Future Funk, Afro-Punk, Glam-Jam are some words that come to my mind when listening to your music. How would you put your sound into words?
I love Future Funk but there’s so much more to me when I think Funk. We call ourselves Katdelic because we think of a multitude of things. Our music is very “Delic” it’s mixed with Funk, Rock, Hip Hop, you might here EDM and Pop. It’s one big soup.

What’s your relationship with George Clinton and how did you meet?
George is my Funk Father, he is my friend and mentor. I met him through a mutual friend in 1998. He recorded at my studio when I lived in LA, we were meant to meet. He brought me up to San Francisco where I met some of the friends I have till this day. I eventually moved to the Bay Area in early 2000 and joined the P Funk band and stayed until 2010. Eventually I felt like I needed to go back to writing and performing my own music. I left P Funk with George’s blessing and still play with them whenever I’m in the same city they are in. George and P Funk are my family.

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Which song or songs did your write for Rick James?
I wrote a song called “Funk Wit Me” it was on his last album “Deeper Still”.

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Do you have a personal story you can share about Rick?
I spent a lot of time with Rick. One time I was sitting in between Rick and Ike Turner, Rick was having vodka and Ike got mad because he wasn’t drinking anymore and said “Don’t offer me that shit” and Rick was like “loosen up man”. They were schooling me on the business and they treated me like family.

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I love the Josephine Baker tribute in D.O.T.M.S. Tell us about the making of your “Dance On The Mothership” video:
I’m so happy that you got that, because a lot of times in artistic expression people don’t actually get what you’re trying to convey sometimes. What they might get is something that you didn’t even think of yourself, which is cool too. That Josephine Baker tribute was specific and I’m happy you got it.

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The making was awesome, our friend Chris Manners directed and edited it for us. It was a DYI project as well as a great party, all our friends showed up. Gina Hall and Linda English styled it, Zander Andreas from the Boom Boom Room drove us around San Francisco in his vintage Cadillac for some of the shots. We did the rest of it at the SupperclubSF and then we also added some green screen. I love making videos.



We’d love to find out who your musical heroes are and why:
(In random order) David Bowie, Prince, Marilyn Manson, Kanye, Jay-Z, Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton, Slave, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, The Beatles, Lady GaGa, Madonna, Jack White, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, U2 and Lenny Kravitz. There are just too many to list. These artists break the barriers, they make us think, they help us to love, they make us cry and they make us dance.

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What instruments do you play? Which one is your speciality?
I play guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion. I also program, create beats and loops. I don’t really have a specialty, I love playing them all but I play my guitar the most.

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We love your style, where do you find your clothing?
Some things we have made, I picked up a lot of pieces while touring the world with P Funk. Other things I have had embellished or embellished them myself. I also shop online and in stores around San Francisco. I love things that are unusual and also classic things like a cool white shirt and a tie. I just put them together so they’re funky.

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Let our readers know about your future plans, tours and new music:
A new CD is in the making, it should be out by the end of 2015. I have plans for a short film and we are working on our tour dates for the rest of the year. We’re confirmed at Guitarfish Festival in the Sierras on 7/30/15 but we have a lot more stirring in the pot.

What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
It has edge to it. It’s like a rose with thorns and has great beauty in so many ways it makes you do a double take. When you see it sometimes it always grabs your attention but it will destroy you if you don’t respect it.

MORE INFO:
http://ronkat.net/

Katdelic with George Clinton - Santa Cruz – Jambase

Words By: Dennis Cook

RonKat Spearman's Katdelic with George Clinton :: 08.29.14 :: Moe’s Alley :: Santa Cruz, CA

The air was warm and moist with human energy well before a decked-out for the freak- o-lution Katdelic emerged, on time and ready to roll – a virtue not to be under-appreciated when it comes to live music. The crowd was primed to pop and as soon as special guest George Clinton entered right from the get-go – a rarity for the often stylishly late to the party Atomic One – the cork blew. Theirs is a sound one feels first, the body receiving pleasant impulses before the brain can really make sense of what’s going down. Forthright yet subtle, devilishly so, Katdelic is just plain seductive and they were out to charm at Santa Cruz’s finest, long-running speakeasy, Moe’s Alley.


[Photo by Cliff Warner]
While folks often know RonKat from his lengthy lead guitar education at P-Funk University, since 2010 Katdelic has been his pride and joy, and the care and consideration behind the choices in his own band are apparent. Sure, there’s plenty of nasty guitar but not as much as one might expect given his pedigree. There’s a Prince-esque leanness to Spearman’s shredding that’s nothing but double-plus good. Nile Rodgers also springs to mind, particularly in the neatly carved, quite contemporary originals. Yes, there’s a healthy selection of Parliament-Funkadelic classics, but the real show is what’s happening in the group’s homegrown material. Hot Chip once said they liked Zapp not Zappa but Katdelic reflects groovy creators that have given a fair ear to both camps and come away with respect for all and plenty of inspiration for their own curious explorations.

A post-show spin of Katdelic’s latest studio album, D.O.T.M.S. (Dancing On The Mothership) revealed how on-point lyrically, musically and vibe-wise this band truly is – seriously one of the best albums of 2012 most of us straight missed. Besides, One Nation Under A Groove-era Funkadelic and Gloryhallastoopid period Parliament (with keyboards dialed way back), D.O.T.M.S. carries echoes of post-2000 Prince, Kool & The Gang, a host of vintage slow jam pros (12 Play R. Kelly would love this band), and the aforementioned Hot Chip, but boiled down to an essence that’s identifiably Katdelic. Even after just two shows, I’m starting to look forward to hearing their originals as much as the more familiar, revered P-Funk tunes, which makes sense since this isn’t a tribute band but a new tributary off funk’s mighty, muddy river.


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But, back to the show, where the beach sanded locals yelled, chanted and got down with every boisterous prod from George. And while the benediction of the Original Dogfather is no small thing, especially when he’s decked out in Prohibition-era gangster chic and clearly feeling the crowd, this is Katdelic’s show and even the big man was a guest, albeit a special one. A sexy feedback loop developed early, tangible engagement in a satisfying way that reminded one how often people just aren’t very present at concerts these days. This evening one saw a lot less cell phone staring and a lot more rump shakin’. Amidst the trademark snippets of P-Funk classics (few songs were played in their entirety with George) and earthily chortled randiness from Clinton, it must be noted that Katdelic and their sharp as a straight razor leader shined brightest during George’s breaks. This isn’t said as a dig against Clinton, who still belts ‘em out a mighty voice of creation and unruly power, but Katdelic’s diversity, tightness and true charm came through clearest when they didn’t have to compete with Clinton’s ginormous shadow and widescreen presence.

RonKat Spearman (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards), Patrick Simms (guitar), Kirk Peterson (bass), Rob Poole (bass), Alan Williams (trombone), Adam Lipsky (drums), and vocalists Lesley Grant & Genevieve McDevitt- Mauldin (the ladies are thunder ‘n’ lightning, Grant’s earthy sugar mingling with Genevieve’s Betty Davis-like grit) are serious musicians that pleasantly don’t take what they do TOO seriously. It’s a tough thing to be simultaneously tight and loose but they pull it off, just like George and the gang did back in the day. But, more importantly, they fly their own flag, march their own path, and chase that thing – the one that’s so funky you can smell it – with their own hunter- tracker hoodoo, vaguely familiar but essentially their own animal, and kids, trust me you want them to rub up against you and leave a little fur behind.

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RonKat Spearman's Katdelic - 10:15-11:30 PM - Vaudeville Tent – JamBase

2. RonKat Spearman’s Katdelic – 10:15-11:30 PM – Vaudeville Tent

Best damn Funkadelic music I’ve heard in ten years. Yes, I’m putting it that straight and clear, kids. As a lifelong funkonaut – my first P-Funk show was Funk On The Green in 1979 in Oakland (age 12) - who lost faith in the George Clinton lead outfit about a decade ago, Katdelic was like making out with an old flame I’d really, really, really missed. Every feature was just right – the clothes and hair, the tough musicianship, the alluring mix of wildness and expert control, the pheromones pouring off the stage and right back from the getting down crowd. It was almost enough to make a man slip on a diaper in tribute to the late Garry Shider and remind everyone around that you got a thing, I got a thing, everybody got a thing. And this ain’t no ghost dance! Sure, they nail the classic P-Funk cuts with aplomb but the original tunes hold their own against one of the great American songbooks. This is precisely where most funk falls apart for me – the tunes – and RonKat has the goods, as well as fine instincts for what old numbers to trot out and where to place them in the mix. A incendiary guest turn from Stanley Jordan, who’s current look was a natural fit for Katdelic, just amped things up to ri-dunk-u-lous. I’m now officially up for the downstroke ANY time RonKat and his crew wanna work the churn!

RonKat Spearman’s Katdelic Ignites a New Funk Revolution Across the Bay Area – FUNKATROPOLIS A BLOG ABOUT MUSIC.

Over the last few years, P-Funk Allstar RonKat Spearman has been shaking up the San Francisco music scene with his unique and potent brand of funk. The Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and vocalist has been busy writing tracks, recording, and fronting his ten-piece band Katdelic. RonKat and Katdelic have been electrifying audiences across the Bay Area with their super-funky, high-energy shows and have built a devoted following. And the band plays regularly at San Francisco’s world-famous Boom Boom Room where they never fail to tear the roof off. Also, in addition to being a gifted musician and songwriter, RonKat is a charismatic showman who knows how to connect with an audience. And he gets strong support from Katdelic, a crew of some of the baddest players in the Bay Area.

The lineup for Katdelic is the following: RonKat (guitar, bass, keyboards, lead vocals); Adam Lipsky (Drums); Kirk Peterson (bass); Patrick Sims (rhythm guitar); Alan Williams (trombone); Lela Caro (vocals); PTFI (gadgets and background vocals); Rob Poole (bass and background vocals); Genevieve (background singer); and Rasa Vitalia (dancer and Pussy Kat).

Katdelic’s core sound and jumping off point is funk, and from there they mix it up with other genres, such as rock, hip hop, gospel, soul and jazz. The band achieves its unique and dynamic sound through the melding of these different styles, while still maintaining a solid funk foundation.

RonKat describes his sound as a “new fusion of funk."

“It’s a fusion of old and new beats,” he explains. “And I don’t want to discredit The Funk. I’m just mixin’ it up and keepin’ it fresh.”

RonKat says one of the things that he enjoys most about being an artist/performer is seeing audience members having a blast during his shows.

“If you’re making people happy, and they’re dancing and singing along with you, you’re doin’ it right,” he says. “That’s what I do it for. I want people to have a good time, and that’s what I think funk brings.”

RonKat says that touring with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic for 10 years (2000-2010) was an invaluable learning experience and helped him grow as both an artist and performer.

“Man, I learned so much from them about live performing and recording,” he says. “It’s like I really graduated from that school. Things will come back to me that they did or said, and that diploma is in effect. All those guys are seasoned professionals, and there’s a reason why they got all those accolades.”

With George Clinton’s blessings, RonKat took a hiatus from P-Funk in 2010 to focus on recording and performing with his band Katdelic, which had been an off-the-road project while he was still touring with the legendary funk outfit. However, he makes it clear that he’s still very much a part of the P-Funk family.

“Man, you don’t leave P-Funk. It’s like the mob,” he laughs. “Yes, I’m doin’ my own thing, but if they call me to do something, I gotta go. I strap up, put the guitar on, and they plug me up.”

RonKat formed a close friendship with George Clinton even before he began touring with P-Funk.

“Me and George were always friends,” RonKat says. “I call him dad; he’s like my dad, anyway. And the rest of them were like brothers. They were real encouraging. And me and Garry Shider [aka Starchild or Diaper Man] became really cool. He became a really good friend of mine as well.”

Additionally, RonKat says being a part of P-Funk opened up many opportunities for him to travel to different parts of the world and share the stage with some of music’s biggest names.

“It’s truly been an honor and a blessing,” he says. “I mean, I’ve been on the stage with some of the greatest [artists] in the world.”

In addition to George Clinton and P-Funk, some of the other notable artists with whom RonKat has recorded, co-written songs, or shared the stage include Billy Preston, Smokey Robinson, Prince, Bobby Womack, Chaka Khan, Henry Rollins, Rick James, Bootsy Collins, El DeBarge, Lenny Kravitz, Shock G and Tommy Lee.

RonKat even had the opportunity to work with rap superstar Kanye West. Around 2008, he worked on a musical Kanye was producing. For this project, RonKat spent some time in the studio with Kanye, Lamont Dozier (of legendary Motown songwriting and production team Holland-Dozier-Holland) and Tony Williams, who’s Kanye’s first cousin and was a singer in his band. No music has surfaced from those sessions as of yet; nonetheless, RonKat says it was a great experience to have worked with the acclaimed hip-hop artist, as well as Dozier and Williams.???
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Katdelic funking things up at the Boom Boom Room
As a kid growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, RonKat caught the music bug early and began playing at the age of five. His father was a musician, and he instilled his love for music in his young son.

“My dad had all these records, and he would call me in to listen to them,” RonKat says. “I was just

RonKat Spearman D.O.T.M.S. – CD Hotlist

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D.O.T.M.S.
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If you miss the glory days of Parliament Funkadelic (and you know you do), then check out the latest from RonKat Spearman, a member of that band for ten years and an unabashed carrier of the Funkadelic torch in his own right. The album’s titular acronym stands for “Dancing on the Mothership,” a perfectly apt title for what this music sounds like: it’s heavy, funky, dense and swimming with sonic references to classic 1970s funk, disco, metal, Latin rock, and even traditional jazz. Spearman is a fine vocalist as well as a gifted multi-instrumentalist and arranger. Recommended.

RonKat's Katdelic packed the Boom Boom room on 6/29/13 – SF Weekly

RonKat's Katdelic Slide show
RonKat's Katdelic packed the Boom Boom Room on Saturday, June 29th. Photographs by Mike Hendrickson, special to the SF Weekly.

Feb. 01 RonKat Spearman's Katdelic – Santa Cruz Patch

Moe's Alley presents grammy nominated P-Funk Allstar Ronkat Spearman's Katdelic. This incredible 10-piece band tore the roof off Moe's Alley for their debut performance so don't miss their highly anticipated return.

P Funk Allstar RonKat Spearman is Authorized to play the Funk.

Beat The Devil – Michael Evans

Katdelic’s music was right in the pocket, a nexus of Funk on the borders of Blues, Jazz, Rock, Soul, Pop, and the Cosmos.

KPFA Rickey Vincent's favorite funky releases for 2012 – Rickey Vincent's BLOG

RVs favorite funky releases for 2012:
by Rickey Vincent on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:03am ·

Another year, another plunge into the inspired world of funk music. This year has been both invigorating and frustrating because so much great funky music is being released, but the lack of recognition of the music outside of our funk networks is galling. Nowadays the funk is both everywhere and nowhere, as you cannot find any great funk release on the R&B or hip hop charts, but through our doo doo loops we often hear of killer music before it is even released. Some of the music on this list has been around awhile, but only “released” in traditional CD form in the calendar year of 2012.



Ronkat Spearman’s Katdelic: D.O.T.M.S.

P-Funk guitarist sideman Ronkat Spearman left George Clinton’s touring group a few years back to concentrate on his own band and his own production and it has taken off in blazing fashion. Katdelic is a great experience live, but one of Ronkat’s greatest talents is songwriting, and he has put together a deep, diverse, thunderous, tender, sentimental and stylish celebration of the magnificence of The Funk. Utter funk slabs like “Oh Hi” and “Mackin’ with No Hands” are complimented by ever so groovy trips as “Drive Away,” “Change Generation” and the haunting tribute to Garry Shider: “Peace to You.” This disc is silly, serious, soaring, subtle and superior in every way. Bustin’ “Bob” Mitchell at The Funk Store.com wrote a spectacular review of the CD that I could not have said better myself. http://www.thefunkstore.com/CurrentCDs/JustTheFacts/CRNT_RonkatDOTMS2012_TFS.htm

Check this review here, or better yet, check the CD and you’ll see it is THE ONE for this year, and you will be Dancing on the Mothership.

RONKAT SPEARMAN – Santa Cruz Weekly

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If there was ever a cooler name than RonKat, I've never heard it. The panther head that rises up on Brian Fantana's cologne is probably RonKat. If Mitt Romney had changed his name to Mitt RonKat he would have won the election. But the only confirmed sighting thus far is RonKat Spearman, and since he made his name as a P Funk Allstar (starting in 2001), it all makes sense. RonKat started his own funk ban, Katdelic, to showcase his unique vocal and guitar style. His music is as influenced by Prince as by his mentor George Clinton, with a dub of old school soul and punk chic. - Steve Palopoli - Santa Cruz Weekly (11/30/12)

RonKat Spearman Interview - UnCut Funk – Phillip Colley

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Long Beach Funk Fest 2011 – Patrick 'Sledhicket Norwood

Long Beach Funk Festival 2011
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MC for the day Rickey Vincent introduces the band Katdelic featuring Ronkat Spearman and gives a 100% guarantee to all that the Mothership will Indeed land (metaphorically speaking of Course, not physically!) during the course of their set. At this point I must say that THE act I MOST wanted to see on this day was KATDELIC! I left a wonderful family reunion picnic early to ensure that I was ‘on time’ to catch them at 5:45pm sharp. My anxiousness just increased infinitely after hearing Mr. Vincent give them such an awesome mc intro. Next, folks in white plastic suits suddenly creep onto stage to a wicked abstract collage of free your mind and your ass will follow sounds… the rest is TRULY history… Before I had the absolute distinct honor & privilege of listening to the new and yet unreleased KATDELIC cd, I must admit that I cheated! I saw Ronkat Spearman and KATDELIC live for the first time at the Long Beach Funk Festival August 2011. I was handed the disk (mid-set) by the Uhuru Maggot who appeared out of nowhere (I swear) and after brief earth-being type greetings and placing the disk in my physical possession, disappeared again into the thick funk gravy aether that enveloped the stage and audience near the front of the stage and beyond during KATDELIC’s occupation of aforesaid. After some simultaneously blissful & disturbing modern re-tweeked version of the intro to Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow as the band filed on stage (i counted 9 members besides Ronkat), the audience was introduced to a hypnotic signature JB-like groove, the sax player (after the soundman FINALLY got his mike working) introduced an angel from the 4th dimension to the front of the stage, Ronkat Spearman! Wearing more little tiny square mirrors on his PANTS then you could ever count on even a Large Disco Mirror Ball in 1975, Mr. Ronkat proceeded to immediately demonstrate his prowess at Controlling & Commanding the/a REAL band, and the audience for that matter (I know that I was flapping my P-Funk finger sign and hollering like a kangaroo on crack in a martial arts class on the planet thumpasaurus), just like James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Duke Ellington, Prince etc… Prior to attending this huge Funk Festival, I was only familiar with a handful of KATDELIC material (notably The ONE and Funky Dance Transformer – which, to this day, only sound Better and Better with each subsequent listen!) – I confess that I was too naïve to believe that the horns on the aforementioned songs were REAL horns, until I saw them live - I assumed they were samples just because they were TIGHTER then HELL! I was also cognizant that Ronkat was a crucial touring member of the P-Funk All Stars since 2000 or so. (this is when Rickey’s predicted prophecy came true and the Mothership Landed in Long Beach), causing MadLib (standing next to me 2 ft in front of the stage to sing, scream and chant “ Play that SHIT again!” repeatedley RIGHT after Transformer ended) Thanks Katdelic and Rickey for the awesome opportunity to preview this funky Stink-BOMB…

Sugar Booty Pageant 2011 – East Bay Express

RonKat Spearman's Sugar Booty Pageant is all about promoting one's best assets. Also, world peace.
By Rachel Swan, East Bay Express, August 31, 2011

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Judges at the annual Sugar Booty Pageant supposedly adhere to a rubric, and it's about "half sugar, half booty." So said Gina Hall, who co-manages RonKat Spearman's Katdelic band, which hosts the event at San Francisco's Boom Boom Room. The idea spawned from a Katdelic song of the same name, but it's since taken on a life of its own. Thus far, Katdelic has held two such pageants in San Francisco — the second happened last Thursday — and RonKat now aspires to tour it nationally. After all, ass appreciation isn't exclusively a Bay Area thing.

And sometimes, Hall said, the "sugar" wins over the booty. At least that's what happened last year, when Aimee Ellis — aka "Miss Tangerine" — wowed the panel with her sweet smiles and perfect pirouettes. She was, in fact, trained in the Katherine Dunham technique, and works professionally as a dance instructor. Swift moves made her a strong contender, but charm really clinched the win. "My understanding," Ellis said, "is that they were looking for a girl with good timing who was fun and fabulous." In other words, it's not just about having a low center of gravity.

Hall concurred: "She has a nice booty, but the sugar really won out." And Ellis, who is now eyeing the more mainstream Miss San Francisco pageant, turned out to be a model crown-wearer: "She took her duties very seriously."

"Duties" might be very loose in this sense, but they seem to include a lot of grinning and strutting around, along with mandatory appearances at every local Katdelic show for the next year, in full "Miss Super Booty" regalia (meaning: sash, gown, tiara, and stripper shoes, said Boom Boom Room owner Zander Andreas, who always sits on the judge panel). Also: the promotion of world peace.

That was the catchphrase at last week's pageant, when six contestants, all bearing fruit names, battled for supremacy. Zander sat at a makeshift dais with rose garlands, alongside the other two judges: Trannyshack performer Trixxie Carr and celebrity guest George Clinton. Their credentials were obvious. Zander has ultimate authority because he owns the joint, and because he's a third-generation native San Franciscan and self-proclaimed booty expert. Trixxie Carr is the author of several appropriately themed songs, including "Rotisserie Booty." And George Clinton — well, he's probably the funkiest seventy-year-old alive, and possibly better suited to booty-judgment than last year's guest, Jello Biafra.

Maybe that's a point of contention. "Here's my blanket statement: They're both ass-lovers," Zander said, matter-of-factly. He paused and chewed on the thought for a moment. "Jello was more cantankerous and critical, but you know, he's such a tongue-in-cheek son of a bitch." In contrast, George Clinton was pretty exuberant from the jump. "George, well — right from the get-go, I think it was a Viagra pill for him," Zander said. "Because he got onstage and just started screaming out 'Ass!' 'Booty! Booty!' I'm glad I wasn't sitting next to him, it might have been uncomfortable."

So by all measures, the second Sugar Booty Pageant was a more decorous occasion than the inaugural event last year. That said, "sweetness" still won out over buttcakes. The whole concept that animates the contest is pretty tongue-in-cheek but the format is actually much like a traditional pageant. And funny as it sounds, traditional pageant skills still apply. This year's winner, Miss Plum, didn't necessarily have the best ass. But she did have the best stage performance.

That was apparent from the second round, a brief Q&A to gauge the contestants' personalities. The questions followed a pretty standard format — e.g., "If a genie flew out of a bottle and granted you one wish, what would it be?" Answer: "World peace." Or: "What do we need more of in this world?" Answer: "World peace." Also: "What do they use ass for on the mothership?" Answer: Blank look. Pause. Then — "I think the answer is world peace."

So went Miss Pear, Miss Pineapple, Miss Raspberry, Miss Nectarine, and the peculiarly long-winded Miss Passion Fruit. But Miss Plum's response made her stand out. Asked to articulate her own personal credo, she said, "It's not about the booty on the outside. It's about the booty on the inside." Which of course led to speculation that Miss Plum has an inny-outy booty.

Nasty. But George Clinton seemed pleased, as did several enthusiastic members of the audience. And the dance contest helped cement her position. While Miss Pineapple wooed the audience with her little black tutu, and Miss Nectarine pulled out a hula hoop, Miss Plum went all the way old-fashioned, taking the stage with a white-tipped cane, ripping off her skirt and blouse, and ending the performance with a perfectly-executed cartwheel into the splits. From that point on, she wa

Katdelic Review from Great American Music Hall 2012 – BAM

Katdelic is RonKat Spearman's newest project since his 2010 departure from funk legend George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. RonKat accurately describes Katdelic as "a high-energy, funky, rockin', all-original dance-driven live music show that makes 'em dance!" At this show, their regular line-up -- Kevin Carnes (drums), David Boyce (sax), Alan Williams (trombone), Rob Poole (bass), Kirk Peterson (bass), Jewelz Moya (background vocals), and Michael Caveseno (lead guitar) -- was joined by The Broun Fellini's sax man, David Boyce. RonKat is an excellent performer and talented musician, keeping funk alive and jiving in its purest form.

Katdelic will release a new original CD, titled Dance on the Mothership, in late spring/early summer. The entire CD is written, performed, recorded, and produced by RonKat. He plays all the instruments (keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, percussion), with the exception of the horns, and sings all vocals, with the exception of the female backgrounds and the guest vocals by George Clinton and members of Parliament Funkadelic. The "Dance on the Mothership (D.O.T.M.S.)" video will be released soon and features special guest George Clinton.

D.O.T.M.S. (Dance On The Mothership) Review – Darryl Van Johnson Review

Darryl Van Johnson
Just got D.O.T.M.S. in the mail. Here are my first impressions: ive been waiting for the title track ever since the Long Beach Funk Fest & its P-Funk at its best. Wailing guitars, poping horns, & funky lyrics have me swinging down. I love the smooth melody of Drive Away & its funk & roll with echos of Prince, Lenny Kravitz & Michael Jackson. Peace to you emotionally touches me c
uz this is the first new song ive heard since Belita Woods passed & she sounds so good here. But my jam is We're Here. Love the bassline & the horns. It has that Parliament sound. im gonna enjoy this album for a long time. Oh Hi, Love Thyself & She's Fire has that Funkadelic sound I love so much. This album gets my Maggot Brain Award.

Rickey Vincent's HISTORY OF FUNK – KPFA Radio

I caught last 2 hrs of Ronkat at Boom Boom room. Ronkat is now my favorite funk band. Folks from Brown Fellinis on horns and folks from P-Funk on guitars. I am sprung.

RonKat's KatDelic Revival – SF Weekly

The lineup is what you could call a world clique: Ronkat, Parliament-Funkadelic's legendary bassist, has assembled the crème de la crème of psychedelic funk (laced with a good dose of club sounds) for "Katdelic Revival — Lift the Curse!" Guitar/mandolin god Eric McFadden (who's played with the likes of Joe Strummer, Reverend Horton Heat, and Bo Diddley) joins P-funk alums Greg Thomas on sax, Shaunna Hall on guitar, and fearlessly named singer Poo Poo Man. Most fabulous of all, the special guest star is Deee-Lite's own Lady Kier.

Kier hasn't been resting on her laurels since her first band's demise; in fact, she's transformed herself into a successful club DJ, putting out her own material and participating in a gazillion funky projects around the globe. All this and Ronkat's Katdelic Experience as the musical backbone — will there be a line for the guitar spot? Nah, they'll probably play in shifts till dawn. Fri., Jan. 13, 9 p.m., $12. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), San Francisco, 415-252-7666, http://www.studioz.tv.

Little Monsters CD review – The Funk Store.com

written, produced & performed by RonKat Spearman
featuring George Clinton and Members of
The P Funk Allstars
Uncompromising concept funk from the Funklectik. The set opens with a haunting guitar riff stretched out over a keys riff from what sounds like an almost ambient cathedral pipe organ. A rich musical and bass heavy journey thru a stew of polyrhythmic thick brick funk.
Gooey, gluey , elastic type grooves fea. the likes of Garry & Linda Shider-both from the P-Funk All Stars + vocalists Kim Manning & Kendra Foster. The Dr. GC also puts his slithery dank vocals-stank on the title track, a dancefloor smash w/ a message ëeverybodyís got their lilí monsters, stop actiní like you never knew, he wont bite youí. Blackbryd McKnight drops an ethereal sky-high fusion funk guitar solo over the euphonic Seal-esque euro-beat & vocals of ìTears of a Ghostî.
RonKatís got the look, the beat and sound to really blow up and make some serious noize plus got that gritty funk too. Ultimately unique. Also fea. Gina Hall (lead shrill on ëScary Silent Movieí pt 2) & Roddy Bo. Put this w/ ìCheddarî for a nice EP.
Reviewed For TheFunkStore.com..By/Funk Journalist&Atlanta Radio Personality~"Bustin'"Bob Mitchell

VivaVariety – Bay Area Reporter

The surprise delight of the night was RonKat Spearman,
a yooung African-American singer/songwrite
r who plays with George Clinton.
At Viva Variety he played a couple of
sweet songs, accompanying himself on guitar
, and his sweet high voice, R&B style,
and sharp finger picking won over
the gay and lesbian crowd even though
he was singing "Sugar Booty" to his girl.

Cheddar CD Review – The Funk Store.com

Gimmie some of that chedaaaaaaar, CHEESE!!!!!í
a sumptuous blackgrond vocal overlay chants
towards the middle of the title track over a
bumpin bass groove and rhythm guitar chord
ala Parliamentís ìGive Up the Funkî.
Welcome to the galaxy of RonKat
The Funklectik. I saw P-Funk live for the
first time in 3 years this past fall.
Although I was more than impressed with
the newest funk mobers up on the stage,
this one massively unshakeable voice, sort
of a tenor, keep cutting effortlessly
through the thick wall of Funkadelic sound. What
the funk, who the funk?!!?í ,I exclaimed. Somebody
said, ëoh yea, that ís the Funklectik.

Later in the show he picks up a bass
guitar and commences to destroy
Jerry Lee Lewisí ìWhole Lotta Shakin.
This RonKat is one bad Cat. Then I
remembered where I had heard this once
before, last yearís splendid IZM collection.
This San Francisco crew just keeps funkin it
all the way up. This EP is a pot of simmering
fonk that opens with ìKeep It Wet, a slithering slice of
slimy groove, ëyou know your ass has a hell of a drop.
RonKat sings his arse off, he rapps, he plays with all the instruments.
Produced, written, arranged and performed by
The Funklectik, now thats what I am talking about.
Radio put this on your placebo play list and watch
the airwaves smoke!! Bounce is just a block party on ice.
What sounds like a Bernie Worrell bass synth just
pounds all over the beat, as polyrhythmic
elation envelopes you into a myriad of synth effects.
High octane funkin. Listening to this its easy to understand
why George Clintonís P-Funk All-Stars will never die.
GC ís genius lies in part in injecting all this new,
fresh and young energy into the band. He feeds off
of it. Itís infectious. Stay tuned for the full cd
on the way early next year; if this is a teaser then
we are in for another classic. RonKat is one bad Cat
!!!!! Reviewed For TheFunkStore.com..By/Funk Journalist&Atlanta Radio Personality~"Bustin'"Bob Mitchell

Live Review – What Da Funk Newsletter

On Saturday night I caught one of the best new funk acts I have seen in a
long time. Eric McFadden (local guitar ace who now tours with P-Funk)
and RonKat (also of P-Funk) were joined by the Broun Felini's insanely
talented drummer Kevin Carnes to comprise IZM. McFadden and Carnes
I was Prepared for
but RonKat's superBootsy bass playing, killer voice, and
Deep Lyrics caught me off guard. This was a hard, fast, aggressive, and intense Brand of funk, reminiscent of Funkadelic, Fishbone, Rage Against the Machine and Lenny Kravitz.
These guys are WORLD CLASS MUSICIANS and this is a band
That I could see rocking STADIUMS some day. Starvin Like Marvin opened with
A superb set of funky acid jazz. I was honored to sit in and scratch and
Sample with both bands (though the 10 minutes with IZM worked me so
Hard that my arm is still sore) and thanks again to Karin Conn for throwing
this terrific monthly funkdown.

IZM CD Review – The Funk Store.com


IZM (pronounced 'ism') is the latest groove collective to spin out of the Bay Area's bubbling street rock/funk scene. Now ther are all sorts of 'izms' out there. Theres neuroticizm, alienizm, favoritizm, adventurizm, idealizm, eroticizm, poetizm, sensualizm, expressionizm. IZM is a musical journey through some of these izms, although this IZM ain't those izms, get it, dig it, good. The band's objective seems to be putting some good ole 'pow-wah' back into the power trio- an all too forgotten genre in its own right. Indeed it is a treat to have a true power trio in this time and space capable of laying down such a thick groove. The treesome throws down with the unabashedness of early 80s Brit-Rock. The amazing new wave vocal sangin' styles couched down in deep funk chops and power chords from the talented Eric McFadden on guitar,
the incredible RonKat Spearman on bass thump and vocals,
all held in tha pocket by 'San Francisco's favorite drummer' Kevin Carnes.

Picking up right where the best of them left off (the Who, Clash, Rush, Sweet, Hardware), the set busts off with "Superstar". And indeed, what better way for a trio to kick it off than with a straight up jamm laced with 'funk & roll' fantasy. A hard 1-2 vamp powers the groove as they get into a lyrical ode to plain old rock and roll hedonism over some crunched out guitar. On "Nappy State of Mind", an outrageous chicken-scratching rythum guitar lick over a 'pop-a-long' percolating bass breakdown is mixed with a dose of Clinton-styled silly seriously vocals. Lyrics like 'nappy is in the mind not the head' and 'nappy is the root that he gave us' brings to mind vintage P funkizms.

IZM cuts right through all the BS and tells it like it is on "Can't Help Myself". Wiry guitar chords and full frontal vocal assaults of 'you look so fine I just can't help myself'-now fellas, how many times have you just wanted to to go right up to her and tell it like she aught to already know it?!

On "The Web", right smack-in-the-middle of a preposterous bass funk attack the beat just melts down into a cauldron of layered guitar chords.
Amid the grinding bass, Spearman brings some of his best vocals on the cd

as he and McFadden churn and burn with a patiently winding guitar throttle before bringing the song entirely over the top (ever heard Funkadelic bringing home the legendary Maggot Brain?, ya'll see my point.)

I cannot quite pinpoint Spearman's vocal tint. Alot of flavors going on here, seems to me a hybrid between Rick Astley and Terrence Trent D'Arby but he definelty has a unique delivery.
I like the way he is able to take seemingly simple vocal hooks and sangs them with a goose-bump-giving-in-yo-face abandon on "Off My Mind".

McFadden then proceeds to take you on an Eddie Hazel-esqe blues guitar romp midway through the track. "Dreams" can only be described as a 'funk-drenched, jazzambient Spanish Lullabye'. Spacy, dreamy; Mudbone Cooper-like harmonie' s over a Simply Red smoky groove jazz/pop beat. "Surviving the Game" is just a grinding, blazing, blistering guitar battle. Combining the speed of Buckethead and the precision of Duwayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight, McFadden literally ignites his axe and wails away as it burns white hott. The percussive beat then takes off ala MC5.
These boys need to come back with a follow up to this outstanding set. Being the collection is only 7 songs, the time is ripe to drop part two. Maybe when they aren't too too busy between opening gigs for George Clinton & The P Funk All-Stars (on which all star drummer Ron Wright joins the band on skins) and their own outside projects. But in the meantime, its high time to free your mind of all the various izms, and liberate yourself and your earhole with somma this real-IZM. Reviewed For TheFunkStore.com..By/Funk Journalist&Atlanta Radio Personality~"Bustin'"Bob Mitchell


P Funk Allstar RonKat Spearman a/k/a/ The Funky Son Lifts the Curse – AMP

P Funk All Star RonKat Spearman a/k/a ‘The Funky Son’
Lifts The Curse

On Friday the 13th of Jan. 2006 The Katdelic Revival will descend upon Studio Z Gallery, 1515 Folsom, SF. And will commence to Lift The Curse while you dance to the funk rock rhythms played
By RonKat and his line up of All Star musicians and special guest LADY KIER from Deee Lite.

I had a chance to get with RonKat at his San Francisco Studio after a Katdelic
Revival rehearsal one evening and here is some of what he shared about his latest project.

LL: RonKat, Explain to our readers what Curse you are lifting?

RKS: I’m glad you asked that. The title came to me at a point in my life when I felt like I was being cursed because certain things kept happening to me and I needed to gain control and find the answer to questions. I asked myself: am I prey? or should I Pray?. I started putting it to music and as the songs were created I started getting answers to my questions.

LL: Is this a religious thing?

RKS: (laughing) No, it’s about making change and when you are trying to do that within yourself or in the world it’s never easy.

LL: Where does the Revival come in?

RKS: It’s not a religious revival it’s a rebirth of fun and real music.

LL: From what I’ve heard of the music so far, it is really amazing, very up beat, very funky.

RKS: Thank you, It’s Funklectik.

LL: And Funklectik is what exactly?

RKS: It’s a combination of Funk, Rock, HipHop, Gospel, a touch of country and some Blues, It basically encompasses everything with funk roots underneath it. So whatever I’m experiencing at the time I blend with Funk underneath it. My goal in life is that whatever I do musically in life my challenge is to make it funky. You may hear a bit of Prince influence, a little Kanye, Rolling Stones and George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic for sure. My music is like a mulatto child, it’s mixed.

LL: What’s up with GCPF? I know you were in the band for the past six years. Have you left George?

RKS: You NEVER leave P Funk, We’re on Funky Hiatus. We’re just P’ing in other directions. George encourages us to spread our wings and do other things with music. In fact, he always ends up somewhere on everyone’s project, even if it’s just advice or mixing it. I seek his blessings on most all the things I do..

LL: I see you have Lady Kier from Deee Lite as a special guest. Is she going to sing?

RKS: Yes, We worked together in London on a song of hers and in San Francisco on a song of mine. We just have such great chemistry and she’s such a great talent, that we thought we’d try to combine some things and see how it works .and so far so good.

LL: I’m looking forward to that. Who do you have playing with you?

RKS: I have Eric McFadden, Greg Thomas from the P Funk Horns, Poo Poo man from P Funk, Shaunna Hall from Four Non Blondes and P Funk, Ubidube, from Storm, Inc on Bass. Beattle on drums, Sean Leahy on guitar. Roddy Bo on Keys, K-OS the p funk mix master on the tables, Kevin Carnes from the Braun Felinis
Some of them are guests some are in the band. Oh and we have a cameo or two by Zootzilla.

LL: WOW, that’s quite a line up. This sounds like a great show, a cool concept and something no one should miss. Thank you for your time RonKat. I’ll let you go and get some dinner now.

RKS: Thank you and I hope that everyone who comes to the show will ‘Lift The Curse’ at the Katdelic Revival.

LL: I feel it lifting already

Written by Loose Lane
.

IZM CD Review – The Funk Store.com


IZM (pronounced 'ism') is the latest groove collective to spin out of the Bay Area's bubbling street rock/funk scene. Now ther are all sorts of 'izms' out there. Theres neuroticizm, alienizm, favoritizm, adventurizm, idealizm, eroticizm, poetizm, sensualizm, expressionizm. IZM is a musical journey through some of these izms, although this IZM ain't those izms, get it, dig it, good. The band's objective seems to be putting some good ole 'pow-wah' back into the power trio- an all too forgotten genre in its own right. Indeed it is a treat to have a true power trio in this time and space capable of laying down such a thick groove. The treesome throws down with the unabashedness of early 80s Brit-Rock. The amazing new wave vocal sangin' styles couched down in deep funk chops and power chords from the talented Eric McFadden on guitar,
the incredible RonKat Spearman on bass thump and vocals,
all held in tha pocket by 'San Francisco's favorite drummer' Kevin Carnes.

Picking up right where the best of them left off (the Who, Clash, Rush, Sweet, Hardware), the set busts off with "Superstar". And indeed, what better way for a trio to kick it off than with a straight up jamm laced with 'funk & roll' fantasy. A hard 1-2 vamp powers the groove as they get into a lyrical ode to plain old rock and roll hedonism over some crunched out guitar. On "Nappy State of Mind", an outrageous chicken-scratching rythum guitar lick over a 'pop-a-long' percolating bass breakdown is mixed with a dose of Clinton-styled silly seriously vocals. Lyrics like 'nappy is in the mind not the head' and 'nappy is the root that he gave us' brings to mind vintage P funkizms.

IZM cuts right through all the BS and tells it like it is on "Can't Help Myself". Wiry guitar chords and full frontal vocal assaults of 'you look so fine I just can't help myself'-now fellas, how many times have you just wanted to to go right up to her and tell it like she aught to already know it?!

On "The Web", right smack-in-the-middle of a preposterous bass funk attack the beat just melts down into a cauldron of layered guitar chords.
Amid the grinding bass, Spearman brings some of his best vocals on the cd

as he and McFadden churn and burn with a patiently winding guitar throttle before bringing the song entirely over the top (ever heard Funkadelic bringing home the legendary Maggot Brain?, ya'll see my point.)

I cannot quite pinpoint Spearman's vocal tint. Alot of flavors going on here, seems to me a hybrid between Rick Astley and Terrence Trent D'Arby but he definelty has a unique delivery.
I like the way he is able to take seemingly simple vocal hooks and sangs them with a goose-bump-giving-in-yo-face abandon on "Off My Mind".

McFadden then proceeds to take you on an Eddie Hazel-esqe blues guitar romp midway through the track. "Dreams" can only be described as a 'funk-drenched, jazzambient Spanish Lullabye'. Spacy, dreamy; Mudbone Cooper-like harmonie' s over a Simply Red smoky groove jazz/pop beat. "Surviving the Game" is just a grinding, blazing, blistering guitar battle. Combining the speed of Buckethead and the precision of Duwayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight, McFadden literally ignites his axe and wails away as it burns white hott. The percussive beat then takes off ala MC5.
These boys need to come back with a follow up to this outstanding set. Being the collection is only 7 songs, the time is ripe to drop part two. Maybe when they aren't too too busy between opening gigs for George Clinton & The P Funk All-Stars (on which all star drummer Ron Wright joins the band on skins) and their own outside projects. But in the meantime, its high time to free your mind of all the various izms, and liberate yourself and your earhole with somma this real-IZM. Reviewed For TheFunkStore.com..By/Funk Journalist&Atlanta Radio Personality~"Bustin'"Bob Mitchell


Best of the Bay Winners - Katdelic best band – Bay Guardian

Katdelic voted Best of the Bay - San Francisco - Bay Guardian