Funk came to be known as a genre derived of the earth, something “to get down to,” while the general association that came to be associated with psychedelic was something otherworldly, alien. So, it only makes sense that psychedelic funk would result in a synergistic effect, producing a musical sense of a foreign dreamlike state that compels one to groove…Gridline’s “W.M.F.P.” (Where’s My Funky People) is living proof of this synergism at work.
Despite “W.M.F.P.” being only the second single from Gridline’s forthcoming debut album Soul Brew, it exudes a level of musical precision and expertise that makes one question where this band has been hiding all this time. The answer to that is honing their craft for years in NYC’s historic club, The Bitter End, and headlining DIY psychedelic sets amongst various venues during their time in college. To further add to Gridline’s already well-established musical skill set, Soul Brew features contributions from artists who have worked alongside greats such as Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and Streetlight Manifesto. As for “W.M.F.P.” itself and how it came to be, Gridline was kind enough to share some words with us,
“Originally the idea for the song came from playing shows in late night clubs up and down the east coast, catching glances at pretty girls from the stage. At points it almost felt like they were controlling the direction of the show more than the band; it was as if we were puppets fueling their salivating window watchers with funk! The first time we played it live the place got down and I mean really down… Since then the tune has become a funky call to action of sorts and a crowd favorite at all of our live shows.”
“W.M.F.P.” truly can be championed as a funk anthem, as it speaks loudly enough on its own despite its sparse lyrical content. In the steps of funk hits before it, and like any proper funk song, the instrumentation does all the talking. The quintessential element of funk that “W.M.F.P.” more than excels at is the way in which such clearly masterful musicians manage to convey a sense of loose freedom, riffing off one another, giving each instrument a life of its own. From the sliding electric guitar, to that incredibly smooth bass line, to the keys adding those meticulous moments of flare, each instrument feels like its freely exploring its own world, yet building on one another to create an irresistibly bout of psychedelic hypnotism. Not to say that all the magic lies solely within this flawless display of instrumentation, as lead singer Daniel Kottman’s hoarse delivery is impeccable in its evocative nature of the funk greats before him. The combination of the two results in an uninhibited manifestation of psychedelic funk that makes it nigh impossible not to groove to.
Have your first listen of Gridline’s “W.M.F.P.” below, and keep an eye out for their debut album Soul Brew due September 22: