The Slingshots were born in august of 2008 with the idea of recalling and recovering the rhythmic patterns of funk, the warm vocal melodies of soul, the rich instrumental approach of jazz and the energy of rock, from its origins until our times, to offer a danceable rich selection of music and sounds, suitable for everybody, specially those in love with black music.
Eight men holding many years of experience through a wide and varied musical career form the band.
Roger “Fullosoul”: Lead Vocals
Fran Palmero: Bass
Marc Mena: Trumpet
Sergi Franch: Sax
Aleix “Sinteman”: Keyboard and Vocals
Eduardo Neto: Drums
Albert Greenlight: Guitar
Jordi Casas Abollo: Percussion
For the last years these guys have caused a very good impression among audiences of the funk and soul scene in Barcelona, sharing the stage in their debut precisely with the best Japanese funk act of the moment, Osaka Monaurail, at the Apolo in Barcelona (2008.11.06). Later performances saw them sharing the bill with international groups of the likes of the New Mastersounds, Kokolo, Fanga, Lefties Soul Connection, Calibro 35 among others.
In Spain, they participated in the Imagina Funk Festival and in the Black Music Festival, two of the best known black music festivals of the country. They were the winners of the Festinoval 2010 Festival (Lleida).
They also brought their show abroad, participating in festivals such as Funk Odissey (Switzerland), Holy Groove Festival (Switzerland) and Festà del Traouc (France).
2011 saw the coming of the first official recording of the band, a 45rpm vinyl single released by the well established Madrid based black music label, Lovemonk. It was produced and mastered by Fundación Tony Manero’s Miguelito Superstar, a respected figure of the genre. This work, consisting of two songs, “Slingfunk” (side A) and “The Sooner” (side B) received great reviews in the media making its way on television in shows of the CCRTV, specialized music radio programs such as The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (BBC-UK) or Satelite K (Radio3).
With The Sooner, The Slingshots also were featured in the CD “Blackcelona” (Discmedi, 2012), a compilation album displaying the best black music acts of the Barcelona region.
After a brief period of reconstruction, The Slingshots came back stronger than ever. This 2014 has been a very good year. One of their latest tracks, “The Boss”, has been included once again in the compilation “Blackcelona Vol.2” (Discmedi, 2014), now releasing its second offering.
Almost at the same time they released a new single with Rocafort Records, a young swiss based record company with exquisite taste.
The record features two tracks, “Coffee Cold” in side A and “She Ain’t Got No Soul” in side B. The first is an instrumental, an adaptation of an original track by Galt MacDermot (Shapes of Rhythm, 1966). The second, a preview of the first LP to come a little later that october, “Is This Soul?”, also on Rocafort Records.
The LP was recorded in July 2014 at Red Bell Studios in Barcelona. Engineered by Marc Tena and produced by american musician/producer Mike Mariconda, its sound witnesses the great partnership these two men have established as as record making team.
All through 11 original tracks, the band delivers a strong and diverse selection of styles within the classic black music catalog, from funk to soul, from ghetto music to the soul pop of Sam Cooke, bringin’ some jazz and New Orleans stuff in the mix, not forgetting some blaxploitation and rock too.
“Is This Soul?” is available in CD, vinyl 33rpm and digital download formats.
2014 also saw the band paying tribute to James Brown twice. First at The Jamboree Club and then a “Les Festes de Gràcia” resulting in very pleased audiences. The intention is to play shows like these every once in a while, enjoying the experience of playing all time band favorites to soul-funk hungry crowds looking forward to dance all night and have a good time!
Right now, however, the band will be focused on its newborn baby: “Is This Soul?”