If you’ve been frequenting JOVM over the past month or so, you may be familiar with the neo-soul act, The Main Squeeze. The band which consists of of Corey Frye (vocals), Max Newman (guitar), Ben “Smiley” Silverstein (keyboards), Reuben Gingrich (drums) and Jeremiah Hunt (bass), originally formed in Bloomington, IN before they eventually relocated to Chicago (which is home to a very vital soul music scene), and over the first few years of the band’s history, the quintet spent time refining their sound before finally embarking on over 160 touring dates last year, which included stops at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summercamp, Gathering of the Vibes, and Rolling Stone‘s Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Party. And interestingly enough, the now-Chicago-based band won The Venetian Macao international battle of the bands in China, back in 2012.
Adding to a growing national and international profile, the band’s forthcoming sophomore effort, Mind Your Head was produced by former American Idol judge Randy Jackson, and it’s first single “Angelus” was a slick piece of soulful pop that reminded me quite a bit of Jazzanova‘s Funkhaus Studio Sessions as the song possessed an old-school charm and warmth that’s infectious.
Recently, the Chicago-based soul quintet did a gorgeous and soulful, rock ‘n’ roll/rock ‘n’ soul cover of one of my favorite Bob Marley songs, “Sun Is Shining” as part of a 360 degree video series presented by The Freshest Clams. The Main Squeeze cover is based around an arrangement that includes twinkling and atmospheric keyboards and what sounds like a slightly different key — but it’s a cover that I think Bob himself would have been proud of.