Dumpstaphunk has officially released Where Do We Go From Here, the first full-length studio album from the lauded New Orleans funk/rock/soul outfit in seven years. Out today via Mascot Label Group/The Funk Garage, Where Do We Go From Here marks Dumpstaphunk’s fourth studio album and features guest appearances from Marcus King, Trombone Shorty, and Chali 2na.
Along with the album’s release, Dumpstaphunk has also shared a new music video for the title track. As frontman/keyboardist Ivan Neville explained in a statement along with the track’s initial release, “’Where Do We Go From Here’ really comes more from my perspective on life in general, than being specifically about Katrina or the unprecedented events of the last 6 months. I mean those of us from here (New Orleans) were asking ourselves this same question 15 years ago, not knowing what the future of our city would hold. Looking at where we are now, we stand at a different crossroads given the uncertainty of a worldwide pandemic, the struggles we’re facing with social injustice and systemic racism, and the turmoil in a controversial election year. It is a question we are asking ourselves again. The song remains an optimistic point of view towards facing the challenges of the future and the unknown.”
“We hope people can hear the new songs and are inclined to dance, and inspired to think at the same time,” Neville added. “Obviously, the New Orleans history is just embedded in us, but we manage to incorporate all the other stuff we’ve listened to over the years. We’re representing a legacy, but we’re reimagining a lot of it, too.”
To stream Where Do We Go From Here on the platform of your choice or order your CD or vinyl copy, head here. Below, stream the album via Spotify and check out the official music video for the title track.
Dumpstaphunk – Where Do We Go From Here – Full Album
Dumpstaphunk – “Where Do We Go From Here” (Official Music Video)
In honor of the release of Where Do We Go From Here, Dumpstaphunk will perform material from the album during a drive-in concert on Saturday, April 24th at New Orleans’ Airline. The event, which will also feature performances from Smoke N Bones and Soul Brass Band, was organized by Farmstand Entertainment, a new entertainment initiative that incorporates restaurant-prepared meals and farm produce into its events.
The band is also scheduled to perform at Tipitina’s in New Orleans on Sunday May 2nd, on what would have been the final night of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The band has closed out JazzFest with a Tipitina’s performance every year, since 2003. Fans can stream the live performance courtesy of Nugs.net.
For a full list of upcoming Dumpstaphunk tour dates, head here.