Tim 'TK' Kelly - vocals, trumpet, percussion, funk-fu
Brandon 'lunchbox' Keller - saxophone, b/u vocals
Heidi 'chico' Wischler - trombone, percussion
Tommy 'Two-Tone' Miller - guitar
Matty 'Good-Times' Wexler - bass
Christian Krehbiel - drums
“…Loungey, luscious, horn-based funk music.” – OlympianShadowfarm.com
“…These Players can really play. They are confident and soulful, reminiscent of Tower Of Power and an era when strong musical chops were a requirement.” – Barry Corliss, MasterWorks CD Mastering, Seattle
Here’s what some fans are saying…
“Pass my afro sheen NOW!!! and give me platform shoes!!! What can I say I’m a dancing machine, too. Horns have great presence... Lead vocal dude is CRAAAZZZYY. I like the energy.” – Rihki Kennebrew, New York
“Bring it back to the Old School! …Love the funkiness… fat, warm and juicy, just like funk ‘oughta be!” – Heather, Fort Meyers, FL
FUNK-FU: a combination of dirty grooves, tight horns, soul-power, 70's rock, outdated dance moves and kung-fu kicks.
The Shiftless sound is a blend of rock and funk, grit and polish. They bring a fresh perspective to the old-school: combining wah-wah funk and ass-tingling brass with a crunchy dose of southern rock. Their influences include: Average White Band, Tower Of Power, War, Blood Sweat and Tears, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Frank Sinatra, Mofro, Lynard Skynard and a fistful of 70's kung-fu.
Shiftless Layabout was founded in Seattle in the summer of 2002. It began with TK (Revolutionary Hydra) writing songs in a one-room University District apartment under the working title of SOULIO. Dreams of a full band soon grew to include Matty's super-tight, jazz-funk bass (The Red Note, RB Reed), Brandon's brassy sax (Banda Del Sol), Tommy's blues-soaked guitar (BlacVelvett) and Christian's skin-slapping percussion (Banda Del Sol). Most recently they have rounded out the horn section with the fat trombone sounds of Heidi 'chico' Wischler (Jonny Sonic, Red Note).
Their current self-titled, self-produced EP was recorded at Mirrorsound Studios in Shoreline, WA, and was mastered by the uber-awesome Barry Corliss at Master Works, Seattle (Modest Mouse, Carrie Akre, Blue Scholars, Common Market). It is currently available on-line through CDbaby.com and iTunes.
Shiftless Layabout was also featured on Dep't Of Records October 2006 release, "Drink To Bones That Turn To Dust: A Toast To Oingo Boingo," along with Brett Dennen, Scott Fischer, Intervision, the Cheats and more.
They will be in the studio this winter working on a follow up album (“Layin’ It Down 8 Days A Week”) that is guaranteed to be DY-NO-MITE! A tentative release date is set for Spring 2008.