We were happy to see this great preview in the Jackson Free Press for Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Festival in Jackson, MS this weekend featuring Trombone Shorty, Dumpstaphunk, Brown Sabbath, and ROXY ROCA. Here’s what they had to say:
Like its brothers in Brownout, seven-piece Roxy Roca from Austin, Texas, benefits from its musical hometown. Vocalist Taye Cannon’s early years in Alabama were a meld of punk rock and classic soul. After moving to Austin, he formed his first band, Mocktigers, which leaned heavily toward the former, but at heart, he still considered himself a soul singer. Roxy Roca began to take shape after Cannon met guitarist Errol Siegel. Since the horn-fueled soul-funk band debuted at an after-party for the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Roxy Roca has performed with major acts across the board, including Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, B.B. King, and all three of its St. Paddy’s Parade co-stars. The band released its Stag Records debut album, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” in late February.
Check out Culture Collide for a great SXSW Preview on ROXY ROCA featuring our video for “Love Maker DeVille” along with an interview where members of ROXY ROCA give you some SXSW tips. Here’s a taste of what they had to say:
The Austin, Texas-based seven-piece band RoxyRoca play deep into their southern roots evoking some heavy James Brown with a bit of rock and roll thrown in. With their recently released debut album, Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy, the band has steadily risen to the top of the soul scene, especially in their home state of Texas. Having already performed with the likes of B.B. King and Fitz and the Tantrums, RoxyRoca has proven themselves delivering top notch musicianship and raw soulful talent. Catch RoxyRoca at SWSW and take advantage of their Austin travel tips!
Many thanks to Medleyville for posting a great SXSW 2015 preview on ROXY ROCA including an interview with Taye Cannon and Errol Siegel covering the origins of the band’s name, recording the new album, the growing neo-soul scene in Austin, and plans for this year’s SXSW. Check it out here: SXSW 2015 PREVIEW: ROXY ROCA.
Many thanks to Britny Eubank for the great review of our new album, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” in Orange Magazine. Here is some of what she had to say:
In the post-“Uptown Funk” world we’re living in, big brass and a Morris Day attitude are all the rage. And “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” the latest effort from local band ROXY ROCA, fits the bill quite nicely.
ROXY ROCA assign themselves labels like “powerhouse Southern soul” and “dynamite Texas soul,” and the sounds on “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” live up to those descriptions. Brassy interludes and saxophone solos can be found on nearly every track, and lead vocalist Taye Cannon sings like a gospel church leader. Even on the slower songs, you can still sway your hips. After all, if you believe the message ROXY ROCA seems to be preaching, that’s what the Good Lord intended you to do.
The band wears their influences on their sleeves, and they’re at their best when they indulge in some deep James Brown worship. “Try My Love,” for example, sounds exactly like “The Godfather of Soul” in all the best ways — the snappy vocal delivery, the powerhouse brass, the little stops and starts of the music. On “Cornbread,” ROXY ROCA truly embrace their Southern heritage. The song kicks off with some true gospel prophet delivery, features a sax solo and is frequently sprinkled with “uh”s that Brown himself would be proud of.
(Also, for the record, there are no euphemisms here –– the song is honestly about cornbread. Sample lyric: “Give me some buttah!”)