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The Transatlantics

The Transatlantics

Freestyle Records

Released: 11th October 2010 | 11 track funk album
Adelaide's The Transatlantics came together in 2007 born of a shared love for gritty old vinyl, cheap guitars and quality barbequed meats. Described by NME as 'a young, white Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings' The Transatlantic's sound invokes the grainy warmth of southern American Soul and the rhythmic grunt of classic James Brown-era funk. Led by the commanding vocal presence of Tara Lynch and comprising three horns, two guitars, bass and drums, this eight-piece band has gained a well deserved reputation for their high-energy live shows, working hard on stage to create the unrelenting, deep groove so central to the soul tradition. Following a huge 2009 which saw performances at Falls Festival, Big Day Out and Playground Weekender Festival, 2010 sees the release of The Transatlantic's self-titled debut album on Freestyle Records. Entirely self-produced, the album showcases the many influences that have shaped the development of the band so far: from the Al Green inspired flavour of the lead single 'Couldn't Be Him' and the tortured soul reminiscent of early Aretha heard on the ballad 'That's When I Feel So Lonely' to the raw deep-funk of 'Turn You Loose' and the fiery up-tempo cover of Marva Whitney's hit 'Things Gotta Get Better' Mixed and tracked entirely from analogue tape, this debut effort by The Transatlantics displays the attention to stylistic detail and intelligent songwriting that the band strives for. In their short lifetime, The Transatlantics have shared the stage with New Orleans funk legend Eddie Bo, as well as being chosen as the band to back Soul Sister no.1 Marva Whitney on her 09/10 Australian Tour. Never a band to turn down an opportunity to turn it up live, The Transatlantics have also played support to the likes of Fred Wesley, Menahan Street Band, Roy Ayers and The Bamboos.
"First impression is the authenticity of the sound and great production values. Some retro stuff can sound like a poor copy but these guys sound like the real deal and fresh. Nice!"
DJ Graham B
"Quality from conception to completion!", Paul 'Abbo' Abbott
"Deep Soul, Deep Funk.....I love this!"
Jazz It Up Radio Show, Simone Vimercati
"Funky, funky funky!", DJ Junior
"When Allen Toussaint drove the Meters underground, they dug all the way to the UK! Killer, killer beat!"
Hi City Radio Show, Christopher Lawyer
"Solid piece of groove! l like their take on the original JB driven sounds."
Black & Blue Radio, Paul Gamblin
"Phat and phunky. heavily anticipated release in Australia for Transatlantic freestyling their way across the funk floor!"
Straight Up Recordings, Blair Stafford
"Hot horns, sweet vocal, raw guitar riffs! All that sounds are simply blowing any soulful mind to the best period of the golden funk era!"
Night Light Radioshow, Eric Tchaikovsky
"This is a stunning album. Fresh funk of the highest order, crisp unfussty production and with Couldn't Be Him one of the best soul singles of the last five years. Definately unmissable if you are an open-mnded lover of funk and soul music."
Ambersound 107.2fm, Les Wright
"The Transatlantics serve up a barnstorming set of classic soul flavours, James Brown era funk breaks and soaring vocals from right under my radar. Rivals anything by the Dap Kings, and puts Mr Ronson to shame!"
DJ Richie Vegas
"I enjoyed the single to 'Couldn't Be Him' so good to know that this Oz based band has music that lives up to the quality of the single. Good one from The Transatlantics!"
Urban Landscapes, Velanche
"One of the greatest surprises of the year in soul-funk music, and one of the most interesting debut albums."
Acid Jazz Hispano, Santiago Tadeo Cervera
"Am really vibing on Tea Legs and a handful of other tracks, will definitely get airplay on the show."
Respect Music Radio, James Canning
"There are an awful lot of soul / funk bands around at the moment, and, in a genre where it is relatively difficult to innovate and differentiate, a lot of them sound distinctly samey. Dare we say, this is a band better than Breakestra, and up there with the Bamboos: The Transatlantics are a soul/funk band that definitely stand out from the also-rans"
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