Hooked on Phonics | New Times Broward-Palm Beach


Hooked on Phonics

With machines replacing instruments and songs manufactured on an assembly line, it's hard to find the soul in music nowadays. But there was a time when bands boomed with rich brass and singers gained notoriety for their talent without having to compete on a TV show first. That era, known as '60s Motown, is where Gainesville's Soulphonics draw their inspiration. The ten-piece troupe keeps it old-school, with horns, an organ, and dapper suits, while the two lead singers (male and female) take turns belting out lyrics. The Soulphonics' self-titled debut features seven songs of slinky funk, jaw-trembling vocals, and sassy rhythms — all elements undeniably influenced by the late James Brown and his brethren. The band isn't striking a nostalgic pose. It offers an authentic tribute to the roots of R&B, a wall of sound that will make you want to dust off the turntable and listen to your parents' vintage vinyl.

Soulphonics perform with Suenalo Sound System on Saturday, April 28, at Transit Lounge, 729 SW First Ave., Miami. Show starts at 10 p.m. Call 305-377-4628.