We are sooooo happy to release our NEW album, Musikizinew! For those of you that don’t know, Musikizinew is pronounced “music is in you”, which was the original name of the title track on the album. During shows and rehearsals, Carly would say it so fast that it became one slurred word. Thus we decided to combine it into one word! We have worked soooo many hours in the studio with Emergent Recording to put out the PERFECT album. We are so pleased with the result, and we are sure that you will be too! Please join us for our CD Release Weekend on May 30th and 31st. On Friday we will be throwing down at our favorite beach in the City, KC’s Sandbar and Grille in Downtown Fort Walton Beach and on Saturday we will return to the place where it ALL started, the Funky Blues Shack in Destin, FL. We really appreciate all the support you have all given us over the past 3 years. We hope to see you there!
We had the pleasure of meeting music lover, Scott Hopkins, at our show in Dunedin this past week. Here’s what he had to say:
NEW EARTH ARMY
Dunedin Brewery 03.20.14
There was this note. This one note. THE note. In the back of my head, I was thinking: “dayenu:” it would have been sufficient. It would have been sufficient if all I had heard was that ONE NOTE. Or if all I had heard was Carly Foster’s powerful voice. Or if all I had heard was the excellent trio on guitar, bass, and drums. Or if all I had heard was the superb wrangling and intertwining saxophones. It would have been sufficient.
But I heard ALL of it. I first saw New Earth Army at the inaugural Downtown River Jam in Ybor City in December. I was totally captivated and was certainly looking forward to a second helping. NEA hails from Destin (and parts east and west, I think), so it was great to see them make a brief foray out of the Panhandle to points east and south.
NEA plays jazzy, funky rock and blues, and they play with power, grace and style. You have to start with a solid rhythm section, and that is an understatement speaking about Mike Flatau on bass, one of the founders of NEA, and Jacoby Jackson, a recent replacement in the drum seat. Jacoby’s time is spot-on, and Mike works in tandem with him to provide that rock-steady beat. Chavis Hobbs (another NEA founder) is a great guitar player (Florida has so many truly excellent guitar players!!!), and this trio just plain rocks.
On the first NEA CD, “Action,” the group was a quartet with Foster on vocals. More recently, they wisely decided to add Josh Zook, alto sax, and Ben Johnson, tenor, to the mix. The addition of the two horns sends the music through the roof! At one point, they were deep, deep in the funk pocket, and I thought, as I often do, “Where in the world would we have been without James Brown?” Not a random thought: the heavy funk that NEA and almost every other band in the “jam” or “funk” genre mine so lovingly all goes back to James Brown. If you’re not convinced, you better sit down and re-listen to James Brown at the Apollo, Vol. II (1968).
NEA mixes interesting covers with some great originals. Visually, it is impossible not to watch slinky singer Carly fronting the band. Let me amend that: she’s not “slinky;” she IS a slinky, dancing and gyrating with grace as she sings up a storm. I again have the thought that her voice and that of so many of the vocalists in the bands on our circuit are so vastly superior to the rubbish on commercial radio and the hit charts. Carly’s is lilting and powerful all at once.
And there was that note. You remember the one. That one note. If that’s all I had heard, I would have gone home happy. Seriously. If you are familiar with Lee Michaels’ version of “Stormy Monday” on his self-titled album, you’ve heard THE NOTE. It penetrates right down to your soul. Carly hit it during a great original called “Lens of Love.” My soul took notice. I introduced myself to her at setbreak and asked her about the note. “You mean this one?” And she sang it, albeit not with the thrust it had on stage. Yep, I said, THAT one. And she smiled!
New Earth Army has a new CD in the works, almost ready for release. They have a Kickstarter project if you are interested. And watch for them to tour our way again. You can bet I’ll be front and center when they hit the Orange Blossom Jam stage in May!
Hey New Earth Army Recruits! Here is your chance to REALLY make a difference for NEA! We are just about finished with our second album, “Musikizinew”, and we are trying to raise funds to go into production. Please help us out by pre-ordering our album or purchasing one of our killer prize packs! Check out what we have to offer through our Kickstarter campaign.
Thanks so much for your support! We love you!
The debut full-length album from Beachcomberland’s own funk masters is framed around Carly Cermak Foster’s jazz-infused vocals. “Tears” is a standout, at points reminiscent of Billie Holiday and definitely the type of tune one could envision Lady Day embracing. New Earth Army does a lot of genre hopping, but they manage to bundle it all together in a package that is uniquely them.
Hey Guys and Gals! We got our FIRST review of our new release, ‘Action’, courtesy of Nikki at the Beachcomber. It seems like ‘Tears’ is getting a lot of attention! Check it out and let us know what you think!
Imagine if Fleetwood Mac and Heart had a baby and Jerry Garcia was the godfather.
Stephanie from A&M Theatre
So, we had a BLAST out in Panama City, FL at the A&M Theatre. Steph gave us a really cool explanation of our sound! If you live in the PC area, you HAVE to check out A&M Theatre! It is the coolest place in PC for original music!