Feb 20, 2012
It's only been 2 months since the final note was played at Snarky Puppy's live DVD filming and recording in Brooklyn, but the film is being printed/pressed as I type and is now available for pre-sale right here. It's called groundUP, and coincides with the launch of this brand new imprint under the Ropeadope Records label, GroundUP Music.
The band recorded 8 new songs at the still-under-construction Shapeshifter Lab (run by bass icon Matt Garrison) in front of a 40-person audience, live with no overdubs. It featured many additions to the Snarky Puppy family, including organ prodigy Cory Henry, trombonist Andy Hunter, and a string quartet led by violinist Zach Brock.
But perhaps the most interesting thing about the DVD is that it contains, in between each song, interview and travel footage amassed over the last 2 years of touring. In effect, groundUP is more of a film than a live concert. It serves as a snapshot of what it's like to push a creative project forward in today's tumultuous music industry- from unbelievably taxing cross-continental van rides to packed theaters to hole-in-the-wall gigs filled with excited music listeners, life on the road is portrayed in a very interesting light.
Orders ship on March 20.
The band will be launching its first international tour (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and France) to promote groundUP during March, April, May, and June.
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