Pawn to Funk Four: Chess Club's Groove Check

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Friday, November 17, 2023

The innovative ensemble Chess Club has officially dropped their highly anticipated debut EP, "They Wanted A Demo," in collaboration with some of the music industry's most talented artists. The project promises an electrifying blend of skill and humor, recorded live at the acclaimed Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC.

This four-track masterpiece begins with "Your Shirt," a witty narrative set to the sound of Paris's (Danny Darress) virtuosic Wurlitzer performance and Champagne's (Adam Chase) compelling drum grooves, complemented by Felix Pastorius's dynamic bass. The EP continues with "Santa Knows," a playful holiday tune with an alluring guitar accompaniment by Isaiah Sharkey, known for his work with legends like John Mayer and D'Angelo.

"Stay Fresh" introduces a jazz-infused funk vibe, where the impeccable mix by Vulfpeck's Cory Wong shines through. The track features a bass break from Felix Pastorius, filling the shoes of bass virtuosos like Joe Dart. The song’s humorous take on a delicate subject is sure to resonate with audiences.

The final track, "It's Not Me, It's You," takes a stylistic turn, with Isaiah Sharkey delivering a John Mayer-inspired guitar riff. This rock-pop anthem fits perfectly into the modern narrative of break-up songs, adding a humorous twist to the genre.

Chess Club has set a new standard for what a demo can be, offering a taste of what's to come from what they boldly call "the best band of all time."

Presave "They Wanted A Demo" now and follow Chess Club's journey at and Stay tuned for an epic ride into the future of music.