Chicago, IL-based funk act Gramps The Vamp, an act that frequently feature anywhere from 7 to 9 musicians can trace their origins to a sweaty Halloween house party back in 2011, and since then the act had been named Best New Band by the folks at Chicago Reader, based primarily on a series of demos and their live shows — and for a sound that the members of the band have half-jokingly dubbed “doom funk.”
The act’s self-titled full-length album was produced by Orgone‘s Sergio Rios and thanks to the album’s vintage, noir-like sound, the album captured the attention of filmmaker Alaric Rocha, who used a great deal of the material off their debut effort as the soundtrack for his 80s inspired horror film Demonoid (1971).
Building upon their growing profile, the band’s sophomore effort The Cave of 10,000 Eyes is slated for an October 18, 2016 release and the album’s material draws from Afrobeat, funk, soul, ethio-jazz an other genres for an ominous, moody and dangerous take on 70s funk as you’ll hear on the album’s latest single and title track “The Cave of 10,000 Eyes,” a track that sonically speaking bears a resemblance to The Budos Band and He Miss Road/Expensive Shit-era Fela as the act pairs a deep, funky groove with a sweepingly cinematic feel and a wild, untamed spirit.
Directed by Alaric Rocha, the recently released video for “The Cave of 10,000 Eyes”stars Veronica Roy and fittingly pays homage to 70s Grindhouse cinema, Mad Max, the work of George Romero and Quentin Tarantino.
The band will be embarking on a tour throughout the last half of October to support their forthcoming effort. Check out tour dates below.
10/18 – The Whiskey – Fort Collins, CO
10/20 – Smiley’s Saloon – Bolinas, CA
10/21 – Boom Boom Room – San Francisco, CA
10/22 – Mrs. Fish – Los Angeles, CA
10/23 – Bonus Round – Phoenix, AZ
10/24 – Cervantes Other Side (Monday Night Menagerie) – Denver, CO
10/28 – Stay Gold – Austin, TX
10/29 – Blank Space – St. Louis, MO
10/30 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL (official record release show)