Freak Motif isn’t so much a band as it is a collective of funky-minded players, all immersed in a group jam that spans a decade. The band’s eight official members don’t all even live in the same city anymore but when they do come together, audiences best be ready for a full-on groove-out and a danceable good time.
Unless there’s a guest singer onstage, Freak Motif is a fully instrumental affair, built with guitar and bass, horns and plenty of percussion. While they’re most commonly characterized as a funk band, the group’s influences are of the global variety with Afrobeat, Latin, hip hop and soul references thrown into their songs. Improvisation has always been a key part of the Freak Motif ethos but with their new album, Hot Plate, the group has become more conscious about song construction, allowing some intentional melody to sneak into each track. This doesn’t mean that a Freak Motif show isn’t still an “anything goes” kind of party — this band is all about the energy that comes with creative spontaneity. Be ready for a few surprises (break dancers, circus performers, conga lines, they’ve all been thrown into the mix) and the irresistible temptation to get up and sway along to the groove.
Biography by Elizabeth Chorney Booth