If The Roots had the soul of Aretha Franklin and the energy of Jamiroquai then you’d have The New Groovement. The band seamlessly blends elements of R&B, soul, and hip hop to create a funk-i-fied feast for the ears that is as unique as it is versatile. Punchy horns, sweet vocals, clever rhymes, and tight percussion combine to create energetic, feel-good music that will get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor!
At the forefront of the band are Theresa Pasaluko and her partner-in-rhyme, Danimal House. Together, they can soothe with sultry, sweet ballads or slay with sharp cutting rhymes. Backing them up is a solid rhythm and percussion section that lays down funky beats while the horn section gets crowds going with tasty licks and dance moves that would make James Brown proud.
The New Groovement is a rising star in BC’s music scene, winning Album of The Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, performing at all of the region’s biggest festivals, touring mainland BC, chosen as showcase artists at BreakOut West and receiving regular airplay on Victoria radio stations (including being selected as The Zone 91.3 band-of-the-month for August, 2015). They were also asked to open for critically acclaimed acts such as Five Alarm Funk and The Coup, and have been praised in prominent print, television and radio media in Victoria. After a successful recent crowdfunding campaign (raising nearly 170% of their goal), the band finished their first full-length studio album (The Orange Album)and released it to a sold out crowd on October 2, 2015. The album was created with the help of well-known Vancouver Island producer, Joby Baker (producer of Alex Cuba’s Grammy-winning album) and has reached the Top 30 charts of campus and community radio stations across Canada. This up-and-coming group has quickly made a name for itself with its massive shows and energetic parties; it’s one band you will not want to miss!
NGM is Reuven Sussman (drums), Tejas Collison (bass), Ben Scotney (guitar), Geoff Mason (timbales), Kim Maddin (congas), Theresa Pasaluko (lead vocals), Danimal House (vocals/emcee), David Chase (trumpet), Jason Dolynny (trombone), Jonnie Bridgeman (sax), and Brad Justason (sax).
"A funk-infused collar-popping impression on the bc music festival circuit... reminding music lovers what it's like to have real instruments in a modem day chart topper!"
James Green, Shaw TV