Mamas Gun are a five-piece fronted by the charismatic nay striking singer/composer/producer/designer Andy Platts but they are by no means a one man operation. Bassist ‘Professor’ Rex Horan, another focal point of the band’s feisty stage show, was born in the Western Australian desert and is equally adept on violin and piano and in classical music. Keyboard player Dave ‘Eighties’ Burnell Oliver’s musical education, originally in Hertfordshire, embraced more... everything from barbershop singing to French horn and now includes jazz, soul and Cuban playing. Guitarist Terry ‘Spiller’ Lewis studied music in Essex, got his diploma and taught guitar, going on to tour with Jools Holland as part of brother Christopher Holland’s band. And ‘Union’ Jack Pollitt notably played drums on ‘Green Light’ for Beyoncé’s ‘B-Day’ album, with producer Pharrell Williams.
“Rather wonderful music that combines classic soul influences with a distinctly modern production approach to create a sound that is closely related to nu-soul artists such as Angie Stone and Raphael Saadiq, hints at 1990s acid jazz and is not all that far away from the retro pastiches of Amy Winehouse, yet seems to inhabit a world all of its own. On Routes To Riches, the melodic funk and glorious soaring chorus of You Are The Music brings to mind Stevie Wonder’s early 1970s sound; elsewhere, you’ll hear snatches of Marvin Gaye, Shuggie Otis, Sly Stone, and George Clinton, as well as a smattering of blue-eyed soul influences, including Hall & Oates on Chasing Down Shadows and Wishing, and pop-soul period Todd Rundgren on Pots of Gold. Throughout, Andy Platt’s remarkable voice plants its own identity over these myriad sources.”
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