By Caleb Oldham
A converse store is where you go to get shoes, overpriced clothing, and a reminder that online shopping is always the move. But last month a converse store is where I went to get doused in the funky, rocking, fire-spitting waves of one of Brooklyn's most exciting up and coming groups Phony Ppl.
There's always something great about seeing 6 people who are technically very talented at playing their respective instruments jam together. More often than not however, it seems that the truly technically talented specialize in a specific genre and get classified under the umbrella of a jazz band or a metal band or something of the like. The fact that that Phony Ppl music has been described as "vintage astral funk, colorful world music, and dusted-out hip-hop/R&B" should tell you that they're a group that gracefully avoids the genre trap.
Playing to somewhere around 40 people, the group was capable of evoking the smooth soul of Al Green and the raw energy of Rage Against the Machine in the space of a single song. The sheer uniformity and depth of the group's talent was put on display during a break down near the end of the show, when each member of the band was introduced and given the spotlight. The audience lit up every time a member of the group tour into his solo. At one point I turned around and saw someone actually looking at shoes. "How can you buy shoes AT A TIME LIKE THIS" I thought. That poor person was missing out on a band that's about to explode with the release of their debut album this January. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us. Based on what they threw down in the converse store for us, it’ll be good.
Download Phony Ppl's music at http://phonyland.bandcamp.com/