The members of Bumpus got together because they all, in one way or another, fell in love with Sly and the Family Stone’s sloppy and passionate album Fresh. The bass is fuzzy, the levels are all over the place, and you can hear Sly giving the engineer directions. The record captures the very essence of soul music, an undefined quality that
everyone can recognize in a heartbeat. Much like Sly Stone fused the pop music of Jefferson Airplane with the heavy funk of James Brown, Bumpus incorporates propulsive rhythmic grooves with deeply layered, uncluttered songs that form the foundation for rich soul and gospel-laden vocals.
Bumpus set off on a journey to play soulful music ten years ago, a journey that has since spawned four albums and over one thousand performances nationwide. From humble beginnings performing weekly gigs at Chicago's once-famed Bop Shop, the band expanded their skills by swapping out familiar instruments with unfamiliar ones. They taught themselves new, funky sounds. They learned to express the funk in their heads. And as listeners caught their live act, the crowds continued to grow.
Their self-titled album Bumpus won high marks from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, and WXRT, to name a few. In July of 2000, the Chicago Historical Society honored Bumpus as the band that "best represented to the Chicago music scene what the Beatles represented 30+ years ago in Liverpool," and the museum invited Bumpus to perform at the opening of its Beatles Exhibit.
Stereoscope, Bumpus’ second release, was selected by Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times as the top local album on his list of ten. The band was invited to open for numerous national acts including Dr. John, Maceo Parker, Jurassic 5, They Might Be Giants, The Roots, and Hootie and the Blowfish. Touring throughout the Midwest, the East Coast, and Southeast, Bumpus honed their live performance skills and in February of 2003, they recorded Bumpus Live at Chicago’s most famous venue, Metro.
Now Bumpus has revisited the passion and inspiration that first brought them together with their next release, All the People. Bumpus has
produced a record that recaptures the spirit of old soul, while moving their music far into the future. Sometimes loose, and very organic,
All the People portrays Bumpus at its best.