Deep Street Soul – dirty hammond, funky diva! featuring May johnston
October 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Coming together during the early days of the Melbourne funk & soul renaissance, Deep Street Soul still hold their place as one of Australia’s hardest hitting funk exports. Their original recipe of sweet soul & heavy funk grooves has taken the band across the globe.
At the forefront of the global funk & soul scene & hailing from Australia, Deep Street Soul specialise in delivering hard-hitting funk.
Formed in 2006 as a Hammond led instrumental four piece, they honed their sound and craft on the burgeoning Melbourne soul scene paying homage to their hero’s from the late 60’s, in particular the sounds of the Meters and Booker & the MG’s. A homemade recording went on to become the first of two sold out 45’s on the local Jaycee’s label. These pressings were heard by Freestyle Records (UK) and as a result the band signed to the label in 2008.
The debut album was released in late 2009 & included a cover of the MC5 anthem ‘Kick Out The Jams’ featuring New York soul sister Tia Hunter. MC5 guitarist Wayner Kramer dubbed the bands take of this classic “the greatest version of the song ever recorded”. The album itself was critically acclaimed particularly in Europe & the US and had heavy support on the global funk & soul scene.
The band followed up the LP with a European tour in 2010, playing shows across the UK, France and Spain including a live performance on Mark Lamarr’s (BBC2) seminal Friday night radio show ‘Gods Jukebox’.
After adding the dynamite vocals of ‘Mighty May’ Johnston in late 2011, Deep Street Soul broke away from their instrumental stylings and teamed up again with Freestyle Records to release their second album “Look Out, Watch Out”.
In 2013, the full 7-piece band headed OS again for their 2nd European tour performing a memorable show at the Glastonbury Music Festival. During this run of dates they also performed to full houses across the UK, Spain & France finishing with a memorable performance at the legendary Saint-Paul Soul Jazz Festival (France).