Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. In Big Easy tradition, dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville’s funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. The band recently welcomed their newest member, Alvin Ford Jr. to the quintet, a New Orleans born and raised powerhouse drummer. Dumpstaphunk tosses around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. Songs like “Dancin’ To The Truth” off their latest record, Dirty Word (Red Hot Records), offer an escape into the funky sublime, sharing the true spirit of New Orleans with every note.
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"Dumpstaphunk has thrived in the New Orleans funk scene alongside some of the best in the business." - NPR World Cafe
"I don't expect to hear anything funkier this year." - New York Times
"Dumpstaphunk's 'If I'm In Luck' brings the bass." - USA Today
"Dumpstaphunk's self-produced sonic approach feels live, nasty, and greasy." - iTunes
"Dirty Word offers a remarkably fresh update on a sometimes neglected genre." - Mix Magazine
"Dumpstaphunk make a convincing case that party music can rattle the bones and brighten the mind." - Relix Magazine
"Dumpstaphunk have steadily expanded their sound to achieve global funk success. Dirty Word is the latest from the band and shows off the professional funkateers in winning fashion." - Glide Magazine
"[Dumpstaphunk] has a few simple missions on its second full-length CD: To make a modern album steeped in the funk tradition... [and] to change the world."
- Offbeat Magazine
"While live Dumpstaphunk is all about groove, this disc gives equal weight to Ivan Neville’s songwriting." - Offbeat Magazine
"When this jackpot of a funk record from Dumpstaphunk came across the desk, well…it warranted a mention." - WNYC, New Sounds Blog