Who Ordered the Waffle?
Who Ordered The Waffle? Never afraid of finding new ways of break down the walls that keep a band from being true to themselves and the music they love to create. The idea behind this album was to keep that live sound we have. That's what we are known for. All of the basic tracks were recorded live; only vocals and solos were overdubbed. We made sure that this was a complete collaboration, it's important that each band member was free to bring their own favorite ingredients to the pot, and then trust each other enough to stir that pot until it's a perfect mix. I think we not only stayed true to ourselves as individual musicians but also as a band. There has been a lot of curiosity about how we came up with the title for this album, well this like most aspects of this album come it is a compilation of some of our more memorable times together on the road. The inspiration for the album title actually came to us as we sat around the breakfast table at Club Crow, a great little blues club over in Cashmere Washington, we had played there the night before and Jack the clubs owner invited us back the next morning for one of his fabulous breakfasts. Well with a name like Bump Kitchen, eating is not something we take lightly, as Jacks wife made it around the table collecting our orders she eventually found herself with only one guy left, Everett. Well Club Crow is in meat and potatoes country and when Jack spotted a Waffle on the list, the first thing that popped out of his mouth was "who's the sumbitch that ordered the waffle?" and within a millisecond all fingers were pointing at Everett, followed by a roar of laughter and the title was born. Howard Dukes of SoulTracks.com recommends the album and writes: Bump Kitchen's Who Ordered The Waffle? is an album tailor made for musicians and serious fans of funk music. Casual fans might not care about hearing a band where the musicians demand equal billing with the vocalist. And that's not because lead singer Tony Harper can't hold his own. Nothing can be further from the truth. Harper has raspy, throaty tenor voice that's perfectly in sync with the high energy brand of rock infused funk that is Bump Kitchen's forte. It's just that Bump Kitchen features a group of musicians who play at a high level. Living as we do in what can be called the era known for the cult of the singer - particularly in R&B - the kind of virtuosity displayed by this band may not be appreciated by casual listeners. That's too bad because these guys smoke from beginning to end. The cut "I'll Decide" oozes machismo as Harper rips through a tune in which he admonishes his lady about the bad choices she makes. The solution to grab some of her autonomy and start making decisions might rub some ladies the wrong way. But the song that features Joe Bevens doing some inspired plucking and thumping on his bass perfectly sums up the Bump Kitchen sensibility right down to the unaccompanied guitar solo that takes the song out. These guys have the skills and they aren't ashamed to show it.
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