The Grease Traps
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The Grease Traps

Oakland, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | INDIE

Oakland, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2005
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"East Bay Grease"

“East Bay Grease” was the name given to the gritty, barroom funk of the late 60s-early ‘70s – typified by Tower of Power, who released an album of the same name. That’s the cultural reference embedded in the name of The Grease Traps, a fabulous retro-funk group who played the Legionnaire’s Saloon last Saturday night.
The band started out playing groovy soul-funk instrumentals akin to the Meters or Funk Inc., which was cool in and of itself. But the funk, as it is wont to do, got thicker when vocalist Gata—an Afro-sportin’ soul brotha who showed up looking sharp in some vines worthy of Don Cornelius—took to the stage and turned the heat up about three notches. The vibe went instantly from Meteresque to James Brownish, as the leisure-suited Gata led the Traps through an impressive display of retro soul man bad-assery equaled only in recent times by some of the artists on the Daptone label or maybe the comeback of Darondo. If funk is your religion, a Grease Traps show is like going to church; you might even want to dress for the occasion. - Oakland Local


Discography

45 vinyl record on Succulent Records
A: Street Sweeper (ornery organ funk as a quartet)
B: Burning Bush (full-throated afro-soul instrumental w/ horns)

45rpm records available from Colemine Records

A: Street Sweeper (ornery organ funk as a quartet)
B: Burning Bush (full-throated afro-soul instrumental w/ horns)
MP3 recordings available at iTunes, Reverbnation, CD Baby


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The Grease Traps were originally formed in 2005 by record collectors and funk enthusiasts, Kevin O'Dea and Aaron Julin, as a power quartet playing filthy instrumental funk and soul a la Booker T. & the MG's and The Meters. Over the years, they've expanded their repertoire and have been augmented with a variety of horns and vocalists. Now a 7-piece unit, their hard-driving funk is a blend of rare 45 grooves, classic breakbeats, and afro-soul. As much influenced by funk stalwarts, James Brown and Kool & the Gang, as more recent additions to the fold like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Orgone, and Breakestra.