The Main Squeeze To Debut Tracks From ‘Without A Sound’ At Fool’s Paradise [Interview]
Live funk masters The Main Squeeze are releasing a new album in April, and it’s shaping up to be their best project to date. The new album, Without A Sound, will hit the shelves April 28, followed by a six-week North American tour.
But even before the Squeeze takes off on tour, long-time lovers of the band’s juicy funk can hear the tracks live at Fool’s Paradise, effectively making it an unofficial coming out party for the new album.
Along with fan favorites, The Squeeze will debut songs from the forthcoming album during their Saturday set at the two-day funk fest in St. Augustine, Florida. Fool’s Paradise, which takes place from March 31-April 1, also features performances from Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, The Floozies, Organ Freeman and Manic Science.
Without A Sound is a smoothly refined 12-track album reflecting familiar funk, soulful styles, reverberating rock, rich R&B melodies and dynamic interludes. The album also includes the new released video “Shot,” a socially-conscious commentary about fighting racism and oppression with justice.
For the truly Squozen who can’t wait until Fool’s Paradise, pre-ordering the new album immediately unlocks access to two gratitude tracks: “Get At Me” and “4:05.” Head over to the Squeeze’s Facebook to get a taste of Without A Sound now!
Known for their energetic live shows, The Main Squeeze started touring almost 5 years ago. During the making of the new album, the Squeeze took time off the road to focus on the production process. Without A Sound reflects the evolution of The Main Squeeze as songwriters, performers and most importantly, creators.
Keep your eyes out for a new track from the Main Squeeze on Spotify released TODAY. Pre-order The Main Squeeze’s new album Without a Sound on www.mainsqueezemusic.com.
We sat down with Corey Frye, vocalist for The Main Squeeze, to discuss the new album and plans for Fool’s Paradise.
SR: What can fans expect from The Main Squeeze at Fool’s Paradise?
Corey Frye: We’re gonna do our thing. We’ll have a good time and play a little bit of everything. We’re thinking about grabbing one of the artists-at-large to get down with us on stage.
This is our first Fool’s. We heard that everyone had a great time last year so we were excited to get the invite. We all have that common side of funk. You know it’s going to get funky, but we all do it on our own way.
Lettuce goes hard, they dig in and have a good time JRDA does their special brand of jam funk, that Grateful Dead funkiness. The Motet does their thing, too. We all have that funk element, but we all branch out in our own way. But it’s that common desire to have everyone grooving that brings us together.
Watching a lot of these bands perform, you can tell that the members enjoy playing with each other. It’s a really cool thing for Fool’s, because it’s very intimate. We’ll be releasing a new album at the end of April, so we’re incorporating some of the new sound with some of our old stuff as well.
SR: Could you tell me a little bit about the new album?
Corey Frye: The new album is called Without A Sound. We started working on it when we first moved to LA about a year ago. Between touring last year, and the day-to-day busyness, it took us about a year to get everything together. But we’re real stoked, it’s all original stuff we wrote as a band.
It’s an extension of the growth that’s occurred since we started writing. Our first EP was in 2011, and the new album shows the evolution of the Squeeze. We focused on the songwriting aspect, and we really wanted to put our own touch on our production value. It’s got 12 tracks, there’s some interludes, it gets funky, it gets soulful. There’s a little rock in there. It’s the Squeeze, it’s what you get when you see the Squeeze, except it’s a little bit more polished. And I think that people will enjoy it.
We all agree that it’s one of our best projects as a band to date. We just continue to keep growing as artists and getting better, we’re very excited about it and we hope that our fans will be excited about it. When we’re happy about it, that makes it all the better. I can sleep at night knowing we made something we’re stoked on. It’s an exciting time—we’re ready to take it on tour.
SR: Will the newly released track “Shot” be on the album, or was it a single?
Corey Frye: When “Shot” was originally created, it was intended to reflect the way we’ve been feeling. We just wanted to put it out, but after doing the whole album and going through it, we decided to include it because it’s a part of that package of songs that we created in that time. So it is going to be on there. There’s never a wrong time to present your message, and we just thought it was a song that needed to be included. We’re happy about it being on there.
SR: Is that because you feel like “Shot” fits with the journey of the album?
Corey Frye: The journey of the album is the evolution in our sound. We wanted to have a little bit more of a hard-hitting, produced sound to go with the energy that we bring in our live shows. We wanted to, in certain ways, capture that the best we could in the record. And “Shot” is one of those, that when we play it live, you can feel that energy, so e didn’t want to leave it off.
SR: How does it differ from some of your previous albums, from works like ‘First Drops’ and ‘The Main Squeeze’?
Corey Frye: Once you listen to it, you’ll see that the common theme is that it’s us. It feels like the Main Squeeze. In comparison to older albums, when we first started writing music, a lot of it was played out. We were playing a lot of live shows, and the songs would work them out in a live setting. Whereas with this record, we wanted to write. For the first few years, we played all our stuff live. It was music we were playing for a couple years, trying to work it out. In this case, we wanted to create it, get it all together and then put it out.
SR: Should we shouldn’t expect a lot of improvisation that The Main Squeeze is known for?
Corey Frye: You’ll see that more in the live show, there are a lot of cool interludes. It’s not lost on our style, it’s just more song-focused. We wanted to create songs that we thought we would be happy with. We asked, “Is it a song?” We can jam it out live, and we know we can do the live experience. But we really wanted to create songs that we could get behind. We’ve never really taken the time as a band to just sit at home and write, and that’s the evolution of what Without A Sound has become. We wanted to focus on the music, and we created a project that’s indicative of that.
SR: We’re really excited for this record. Dr. Funk and Ebaneezer, those songs have such a wild and excited energy, and you really get people up and moving. So we’re excited to see what a more polished and focused version. It sounds like a maturation, a culmination really.. You’ve grown so much as artists.
Corey Frye: Every artist wants to strive and continue to get better. Every artist wants to show that growth, and albums are a really big reflection of that time. I always say albums are a snapshot of where you were at a place in time. When we got here from Chicago, we were really focused on taking all the lessons we had gathered up to that point. Whether it’s the making of “Mind Your Head,” the making of “The Main Squeeze” or “First Drops,” playing live shows, all of it… We’ve taken all the lessons that we learned, honed them in, and created something that we wanted to put ourselves into. I think we did that, and that’s a really proud moment for a band. When we can all stand back and be like, wow, we love this. This is really special because with “Mind Your Head,” we didn’t do it with that process. We were back and forth to Los Angeles, and we were working with Randy, which was awesome. But it just wasn’t the way we had written albums in the past.
We’ve got original stuff on there, we’ve got a duet on there with a friend of ours. It gets soulful, R&B, rock, a little of everything, which I feel we were all about. The title Without A Sound says a lot about what it is, and where we’re coming from. We’re in a day in age where people are receptive to a lot of things, and we make the music that we want to make.
SR: You said the release date would be the end of April, do you have an exact date or you haven’t set it yet?
Corey Frye: The album itself is going to be released April 28. That’s the official release date. We’re playing a show at the Fox Theater, so we’re going to release it there. It’s available for pre-order now. That started March 10. If you pre-order it now, you get two tracks. “4:05” is kind of like a dancey tune, and “Get at me” is funk vs rock. We’re going to release one of those songs this week on Spotify, so people can start listening to it. But we decided to incentivise people by giving them a couple gratitude tracks.
We’re thankful that people are supporting us, so we want to toss them a few tracks so they can start hearing what we’re working on and feel the vibe we’re bringing. It’s coming out in April, we’re going to back it up with a six-week tour of the U.S. Fool’s is a little bit earlier than our full tour, but we’ll hopefully have some things to pass out so folks can get excited. We’ll definitely be back to Florida, we love it too much not to run around to our favorite little town and Get Squozen.
SR: Is Fool’s Paradise the first time you’ll be playing the new stuff?
Corey Frye: We have a few shows out here in Cali that we’re going to play, just to get our feet wet a little bit. But Fool’s will really be the beginning of the coming out party.