Band of the Day

2014.04.25

The Excitements

Scorching sonic whirlwind of old school soul served up by a sensational Spanish ensemble
I've given up everything I had. Tonight, honey, I'll get something back.
lyrics from Ha, Ha, Ha

In early 2010, the sonic whirlwind known as The Excitements emerged in Barcelona, Spain, delivering its Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Soul cocktail, old school style, and astounding audiences over their country and, shortly after, Europe. Since then, the band founded by Adrià Gual (rhythm guitar) and Daniel Segura (bass) has brought their powerful set to a huge number of macro-festivals such as Coleur Café (Belgium) and Les nuits Secretes (France), jazz festivals such as San Sebastian’s Jazzaldia (Spain), Nancy, Lille (France) or Liege (Belgium), and a wide  amount of specialized festivals, such as Funtastic Dracula Carnival, Purple Weekend or Beat Goes On (Spain),  while also heavily working the club circuits over the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the UK, among  others. The band is strongly influenced by the best afroamerican music from the past century, bypassing the modern soul-funk trends and focusing on old school soul sounds. It is formed by the explosive lead vocals of Koko-Jean Davis; the scorching 6 strings of Albert Greenlight on lead guitar and Adrià Gual on rhythm guitar; the thundering rhythm section driven by Marcial García (drums) and Daniel Segura (bass); and last but not least, the soulful sounds of Nico Rodríguez Jauregui on baritone sax and Marc Lloret on alto sax. Its rhythm section builds an ultra-tight bedrock, perfectly complemented by its saxophones, following the early sixties tradition. The band brings an energetic show comprising the most furious and authentic R&B floor fillers and one or two spine-chilling ballads, wrapped in a show delivered without mercy, which invites the crowd to one of the best parties you can find. Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner, early James Brown or Sugar Pie de Santo are some of the names that’ll give you a hint about The Excitements’ sound, always loyal to the US R&B and Soul tradition. You can check it all by yourself grabbing a copy of their first LP and any of their several 45s. All of them are released by Barcelona’s label Penniman Records, which has one of the most important R&B and old school Soul family of labels of the planet.