Today, LA instrumental trio Organ Freeman has officially released their second studio album, Respect My Art, after announcing its coming release and debuting the record’s lead single, “Don’t Eat Your Fingers” (which is now in rotation on Sirius XM channel Jam_ON), last week. Starting today, Respect My Art is available for purchase via iTunes and streaming on AppleMusic and Spotify.
Listen to “Don’t Eat Your Fingers,” the lead single from Organ Freeman’s new album, Respect My Art, below via Spotify:
Comprised of Rob Humphreys (drums), Erik Carlson (guitar), and Trevor Steer (organ/keys), the young band has already begun to make a reputation for themselves in the funk/jam scene with their unhinged live performances and eclectic, technically proficient recordings. Respect My Art is the band’s second release, following their 2015 self-titled record, Organ Freeman. The band’s newest effort leads the them largely in a new direction, as they meld EDM electronics with traditional organ trio instrumentation.
Of the new record, Steer explains, “Our goal for this album was to try to create the biggest, most expansive sound we could as a three piece, so instead of writing and arranging with the instrumentation in mind, we decided not to shy away from layering or sounds that wouldn’t normally be considered in an organ trio setting.”
For Respect My Art, Organ Freeman ventured outside of the standard drums-keys-guitar lineup of an organ trio and enlisted some heavy hitters to join in on the magic. They invited Theo Katzman of Vulfpeck, as well as Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz, alongside bassist Sean Hurley (Vertical Horizon), trumpet player Sean Billings (Jungle Fire), alto saxophonist Woody Mankowski (The Muller’s Wheel) and tenor saxophonist Jesse McGinty to fill out various tracks on the album, delving deeper into previously uncharted territory for the band.
However, one aspect of the album does not–thankfully–seek out uncharted territory ia the issue of song names. As an instrumental band, the names of the songs are largely open to interpretation. On Respect My Art, the band’s song names are once again hilariously engaging. With Organ Freeman, bizarre and amusing titles like “Byrd vs Fish.” “Got Change for a Nickel?,” “Don’t Eat Your Fingers,” “E.T. AF,” and “Putin and I Get Along Fantastic” pull the listener in, and the band’s explosive musicianship grabs them by the chin, slaps them across the face, and instantly converts them into a fan.
You can listen to Organ Freeman’s brand new studio record, Respect My Art, below via Spotify:
In celebration of the coming release, Organ Freeman has planned two release shows. The first takes place at The Mint in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, September 16th. The second will be held at The Independent in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, September 23rd. Tickets and more info is available via the band’s website.
Organ Freeman Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates
9/16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint *
9/23 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
9/30 – San Diego, CA – WinstonsOB
10/6 – Las Vegas, NV – The Yard @ Top Golf
10/5 – 10/8 – Joshua Tree, CA – Joshua Tree Music Festival