“Think Medeski Martin and Wood but about 20 years younger,” writes ShowTheShow in regards to Organ Freeman, an organ trio hailing from Los Angeles, CA. Made up of Rob Humphreys (drums), Erik Carlson (guitar) and Trevor Steer (organ/keys), the group is excited to announce their second studio effort, Respect My Art, due out September 12th. Lead single "Don't Eat Your Fingers" can be streamed here.
This record leads the band in a new direction, as they meld EDM electronics with traditional organ trio instrumentation, to create something new and unique. “Our goal for this album was to try to create the biggest, most expansive sound we could as a three piece, so instead of writing and arranging with the instrumentation in mind, we decided not to shy away from layering or sounds that wouldn’t normally be considered in an organ trio setting,” remarks Steer of the new release.
For Respect My Art, Organ Freeman ventured outside of the standard drums-keys-guitar lineup of an organ trio and enlisted some heavy hitters to join in on the magic. They invited Theo Katzman, guitarist of Vulfpeck, as well as Dave Brandwein, guitarist of Turkuaz, alongside bassist Sean Hurley (Vertical Horizon), trumpet player Sean Billings (Jungle Fire), alto saxophonist Woody Mankowski (The Muller’s Wheel) and tenor saxophonist Jesse McGinty to fill out some of the tracks, delving deeper into previously uncharted territory for the band.
All songs were written, arranged and produced by Organ Freeman, which was recorded by Chris Sorem at The Nest in Los Angeles, CA. Mixing for Respect My Art is courtesy of Wesley Cole Switzer—who is responsible for mixing the band's debut self-titled effort—at LA's Milestone Studios, while Nathan James mastered the record at Vault Mastering in Phoenix, AZ. The band once again enlisted Ryan Dilmore to create the album artwork.
In celebration of the coming release, Organ Freeman has planned two release shows. The first takes place at The Mint in the band's hometown of Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, September 16th. The second will be held at The Independent in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, September 23rd. Tickets and more info is available via the band's website.
Upcoming Tour Dates
9/9 - Bellvue, CO - Canyon Jam @ The Mishawaka
9/16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mint *
9/23 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
10/6 - Las Vegas, NV - The Yard @ Top Golf
10/5 - 10/8 - Joshua Tree, CA - Joshua Tree Music Festival
* notes special Respect My Art album release performance