First Listen: Jank Setup asks the question

(October 30, 2019) Call them a wild and crazy band.  Jank Setup was formed just over two years ago, but the short time out of the industry gate has been fruitful.  So how does one account for an overnight success from this New Orleans-based jam band -- birthed from several local college musicians and creating a sound that steers slightly left of the mainstream?  The master key hangs on their anything goes live performance reputation of raw vocals riding on emphatic urban grooves with plenty of their native’s jazz flavor on the side. They’ve sold out house parties and shows, including one of NOLA’s top-notch club, Tiptinas. 

(October 30, 2019) Call them a wild and crazy band.  Jank Setup was formed just over two years ago, but the short time out of the industry gate has been fruitful.  So how does one account for an overnight success from this New Orleans-based jam band -- birthed from several local college musicians and creating a sound that steers slightly left of the mainstream?  The master key hangs on their anything goes live performance reputation of raw vocals riding on emphatic urban grooves with plenty of their native’s jazz flavor on the side. They’ve sold out house parties and shows, including one of NOLA’s top-notch club, Tiptinas. 

To be sure, Jank Setup dictates party hardy music on stage, yet their sophomore and latest single, “Can’t I?” addresses a serious issue of addictive love on the internet.  Though the subject matter is heavy, the band’s fascinating arrangement proves to be the main attraction – in simply playing what’s in their artistic hearts.  Starting with funk filled guitar riffs and hooks, lead vocalist Kentro Mason’s expressive soulful swagger holds his own, even with a brilliant switch up midway into impromptu New Orleans jazz territory, capped by a sweet trumpet solo.  It might take a few dedicated go-rounds on this First Listen of “Can’t I” to figure out how Jank Setup handles their business.  But their artistic risks may be their ticket to big success in the progressive urban market.

By Peggy Oliver 

Jank Setup - "Can't I?"

 
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