Kenfunky Fried is a three-piece white funk outfit from Georgia, still in college if I don't miss my guess; I'd never heard of them before they sent me their CD to review. They have their very own web site. (DBW)
This CD was recorded in a radio station, and it sounds terrible: compressed, muddy and bass-heavy. Lyrically, there's a strong frat boy vibe: Star Trek jokes, superfluous obscenities, etc. Also, the singing is unusually dull ("What Would I Do"), and Yoey's bass technique is monotonous: he has one in-your-face slap and pop style which he does well, but uses on every single number. The good news is, they do manage to project a full sound with only three pieces (plus usually one overdubbed guitar), Chung King has versatility on his instrument, and they've got some real solid tunes, mostly on the rockish side ("Sugar," "Turn 'Em Out") -- though they occasionally cop Led Zep riffs ("Mary Jane," "Lie"). They also close with a nice uncredited country-rocker. The band has talent, but you should probably wait for their next release: hopefully they'll learn some production skills, and drop some of the sophomoric humor. Or you could book them for your next frat party. (DBW)
Turn 'em out.