THE SHADY RECRUITS and CORDOVAS at FTE's Back Porch!
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Formed in 2016, The SHADY RECRUITS is a 5-piece band based out of Greenville, South Carolina with a funky, jazzy, and at times heavily improvisational fusion of what they describe as “tasty tunes”. Influenced by the likes of Funkadelic, Frank Zappa, Soulive, Steely Dan, and so many others, the band plays an eclectic, high-energy mixture of originals and covers guaranteed to keep you dancing all night. While still relatively in its infancy as a band, The Shady Recruits have been fortunate to share stages with such acts as The Marcus King Band, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and Dumpstaphunk.
Since forming in 2011, CORDOVAS have matched their richly layered reflection to a sound that goes straight to the soul. And on Destiny Hotel, the band made a point of intensifying the body-moving power of their music, with Firstman heading to L.A. several days before the start of the recording sessions and working closely with Parker to shape each track’s pulse and groove. In that process, he tapped into the instinctive sense of rhythm he largely attributes to growing up on hip-hop and R&B back in his hometown. “When I was a kid we used to make up rhymes in class, make up rhymes while walking the street,” Firstman says. “It wasn’t until I started hanging out at the parties in the suburbs with all the white kids drinking Bud Light that I heard the Allman Brothers and saw that there was deep poetry in there too.”