Brooklyn’s The Budos Band is signed to the soulful throwback label Daptone and makes a big, walloping, horn-driven sound that splits the difference between classic Afrobeat and old-school American funk, but its range of influences runs much deeper than that. The group’s recent LP Burnt Offering takes the Budos sound in a dark direction with a debt to vintage heavy metal and horror movies, resulting in songs that are both ass-shakingly funky and seriously spooky, as suitable for goths as for Sharon Jones fans.
The group recently sent EW a playlist designed to highlight some of these heavier influences, along with this note:
“These songs represent the attitude and aesthetic that the Budos Band strives to achieve. We may not play metal per se, but the darkness, heaviness and unabashed thrashing of these songs inspire us to new levels of Budos Mayhem.”
The Budos Band plays The Apollo Dec. 6 as part of the Daptone Super Soul Revue.