Long Island funk band Baked Shrimp are making an intriguing comeback with their third studio album, Pork label. The January 7 release coincides with the group’s fifth anniversary, and the experience they’ve gained is evident.
They recorded the album during the same sessions as their second studio album, Aware, and it serves as the second raised part. The Nylon Brothers witnessed the process from their Patchogue, NY studio, and Anthony Cimino of Mojo Music Studios mixed and mastered the final product.
The group uses a variety of sounds to guide listeners through the stories of each song, with jazz, alternative rock and early 2000s pop rock. However, funk remains a mainstay.
“Cannabis Bob” shows how two different sound themes can be combined. Aptly named, the rhythm of this track makes you nod your head before you lift you up. The song then crescendos in a mix of guitar, drums and bong rocks before it brings you back to the ground.
The introduction to “The Gopher” is one you won’t forget as the horns come to prove why they are included. The smooth instrumental keeps your ears closed as smoky voices tell you the story of a bad gopher, ending with a catchy flourish. The drums never let go because they tie everything together. Don’t mess with the gopher.
“Tulu” doesn’t waste the length of his track on fluff as Jared Cowen shows off his songwriting prowess. The tropical beat takes you away from the freezing New York winter and to an island paradise. Guitar and drums keep things consistent as the band performs their integral sound switching. The track provides an appropriate ending to the album.
As promotions for Pork label to begin with, it’s safe to say that Baked Shrimp has earned its place on the East Coast music scene. Although the pandemic is raging, fans will have the chance to see their Winter Tour 2022. They will perform in Ithaca on January 28.
Key tracks: Cannabis Bob, The Gopher, Tulu