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Mr. Breakdown throws dance parties. The band plays pop-funk...a unique style of funk, reggae, and soul steeped in the grooves of James Brown, Tower of Power, Bob Marley and Fela Kuti. Their tight pocket sets the groove, while catchy vocals and inventive horn arrangements give the songs their distinctive pop sound.
Based in Nyack, NY, the main songwriters and rhythm section have been creating music together for over 10 years. They are Mike Kemmlein (Guitar, lead vocals), Joe "Mamma" Carpentieri (Drums, vocals) and Dave Reiss (Bass, vocals). After years of playing funk in many incarnations, they honed their sound and formed Mr. Breakdown in 2008.
Breakdown released their debut album “Shake Daddy Jupiter” on April 20th, 2012. This instant funk dance party was recorded by Bob Both of Twain Recording, who was production supervisor for James Brown from ’69 to ’75. The album was self-produced by Mr. Breakdown, mixed by Jonny Rod at JRod Productions and mastered by Tony Gillis at Cutting Room Studios.
Mr. Breakdown has shared the stage with George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Eric Krasno & Chapter 2, and Jermaine Paul (Winner of The Voice). Breakdown is on a mission to spread their music...to Jupiter and Beyond!
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