Staten Island’s own eclectic crew of psychedelic funk and soul instrumentalists
Budos Band possess a sound that defiantly resists clear-cut classification, blending Afro-beat, funk, jazz, soul, psychedelic rock, heavy metal and most recently, a sampling of occult motifs and supernatural vibrations. The Brooklyn-based gentlemen site soulful Ethiopian music as a weighty influence over their early work, while their latest album, Burnt Offering, takes things in a somewhat darker, more mystical direction. Their sundry inspirations, from Fela Kuti to Black Sabbath, can be heard mischievously mingling on tracks like the peculiarly fuzzy “Tomahawk” and the unnervingly intriguing “Into the Fog.” Budos Band is known for their rousing live performances, as the 9-piece (with intermittent guest artists) gang employs both traditional and eccentric instruments from around the globe, as they tour all over North America, Europe and beyond. A large, yet very tight-knit group, they love making new sounds and vow that they are “still very hungry” to continue their evolving journey.