You may not know Philidelphia “future funk fusion” trio Muscle Tough yet, but that’s about to change. Since their formation in 2014, the band (comprised of drummer Joe Baldacci, guitarist Ross Bellenoit, and bassist Jon Colman) has developed a sound that is a heavily improvised blend of modal jazz, funk, and psychedelia. Drawing from a widely diverse set of influences and a common love of sonic texture, their unique use of sound design and group-minded improvisation allows them to create eclectic original compositions, as well as stretch classic pop hits to new depths. Their trajectory has ramped up in the last year, during which they released their first EP, Greasin’ Up The Mediocrity Wheel, opened for greats like Maceo Parker, and shared noteworthy live collaborations with members of Phish, Medeski Martin & Wood and Dopapod.
Now, the band is primed to unveil their full-length studio debut, Magical Achievements, on December 1st. Today, ahead of the album’s release, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere the pro-shot, live studio video for brand new Magical Achievements bonus track, “Blame It On The Deity Machines.” The multi-section jam plays like a tour of Muscle Tough’s diverse bag of sonic tricks, cycling through elements of funk, rock, jazz, and textured, dissonant ambiance over the course of 10 captivating minutes. You can download audio of the new track here. You can also check out the video for “Blame It On The Deity Machines” below:
Pre-orders for Muscle Tough’s new album, Magical Achievements, begin on September 4th. The record will be released on December 1st, and the release will be officially celebrated with an album release show on December 15th at Johnny Brenda‘s in Philadelphia featuring support from Minka and two full sets of Muscle Tough.
For more information about Muscle Tough’s upcoming projects and performances, head to the band’s website.