On the heels of their recently announced purchase of New Orleans’ legendary Tipitina’s nightclub, Galactic have shared their new single “Clap Your Hands (feat. Miss Charm Taylor)” via Relix and Sirius XM’s “Jam On,” from their forthcoming album Already Ready Already due out February 8th, 2019 on Galactic’s own Tchoup-Zilla Records through Thirty Tigers. Fans can visit Relix.com to stream the song ahead of tomorrow’s album pre-order, which will feature the new single as an instant grat download. Galactic will embark upon the “Already Ready Already” tour this spring, but not before celebrating the new chapter of Tipitina’s under their ownership with a New Year’s Eve throwdown at the club. All tour dates below and at GalacticFunk.com.
Stream “Clap Your Hands (feat. Miss Charm Taylor)” via Relix.com
Pre-Order Already Ready Already beginning tomorrow via https://ffm.to/alreadyreadyalready
The renowned genre-bending New Orleans band’s 10th studio LP features guest appearances from Princess Shaw, Miss Charm Taylor, David Shaw, Nahko, Erica Falls, and Boyfriend. Already Ready Already sees Galactic taking a distinctly contemporary approach towards their own progressive sound, interpolating modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation within the house-shaking framework of Crescent City funk pop ‘n’ roll. Produced by the band’s Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman, the new LP finds Galactic once again enlisting a diverse array of vocal collaborators to assist in their musical exploration, each of whom lend lyrical flavor and individualistic personality to the band’s multi-faceted sonic grooves.
The sessions that yielded Already Ready Already will generate still another LP due later in 2019, one which Ellman describes as
“possibly more of a throwback thing” but will almost certainly morph into something altogether new and wonderful via Galactic’s evolutionary musical vision.
“I’ve never been able to put a label on what we do,” Ellman says.
“I could say it’s funk or I could say it’s R&B or jazz or whatever else, but really, it’s all of that.”
“It’s not that we’re always trying to push boundaries,” says Mercurio, “but we definitely take influence from our hometown and try to do something new with it. We tour all around the world and we’re exposed to tons of elements that filter their way into our consciousness and come out through our music.”
For Already Ready Already, Galactic brought in a diverse array of predominantly young female singers, each of whom brings their own disparate musical tastes and cultural flavor. Working with artists lesser known on the national stage but beloved in their own community enables Galactic to evince a kind of sonic truth about their hometown, putting its multifaceted underground to the fore.
“Trust me, I loved having Macy Gray and Mavis Staples on our last record,” Mercurio says. “It was an honor to work with them. But there’s something fun about making music with someone not everybody has heard of and end up getting a great reaction to it. There are no preconceived thoughts as to what the song should be like because the listener doesn’t know the artist as well.”
As if their perpetual tour and recording schedule weren’t enough, Galactic have also announced the band’s purchase and future stewardship of New Orleans’ legendary Tipitina’s nightclub.
“We’re so incredibly honored to be part of the team tasked to be the current caretakers of such a historic venue,” says Ellman. “My connection with the club started way before I was lucky enough to take the stage. My first job in New Orleans was at Tipitina’s as a cook in the (now defunct) kitchen. The importance of respecting what Tips means for musicians and the city of New Orleans is not lost on us. We’re excited for the future of the club and look forward to all the amazing music and good times ahead.”
Stay tuned for future news and announcements from Galactic in the coming months.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
31 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s Uptown
15 – 21 Jam Cruise 17
07 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
08 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
09 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
10 – Fairfield, CT – The Warehouse
11 – Albany, NY – Jupiter Hall
13 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works
14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
15 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
16 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
17 – Blacksburgh, VA – Lyric Theatre
15 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall
16 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall
17 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House
18 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House
20 – Victor, ID – Knotty Pine
21 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
22 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
23 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
24 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club
26 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
27 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
28 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
13 – Dale, TX – Old Settler’s Music Festival
12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks