Galactic releases “Going Straight Crazy feat. Princess Shaw”, the newest single from their forthcoming album Already Ready Already due out February 8th, 2019 on Galactic’s own Tchoup-Zilla Records through Thirty Tigers. The retro R&B feel of “Going Straight Crazy…” follows lead single “Clap Your Hands feat. Miss Charm Taylor”, which The New York Times lauded as “a euphoric three-minute New Orleans funk romp from one of the city’s long-running bands.” Galactic already have massive plans for 2019 beyond the release of their new album. Aside from the national “Already Ready Already” tour kicking off in February, the band will embark upon Jam Cruise 17 next week, and have just announced a 3-night residency at the legendary Tipitina’s night club during Mardi Gras, a venue the band recently purchased. All tour dates below and at GalacticFunk.com.
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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:
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 – Blacksburg, VA – Lyric Theatre
01 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
02 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
04 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
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