RSVP Records is an offshoot of Ropeadope Records, a personal favorite of mine. Headed by Robert “Sput” Searight, RSVP will issue it’s first release this week: Fortified by Ghost-Note, a drum/percussion duo featuring Sput and fellow Snarky Puppy member Nate Werth. There is no better way to surround ourselves with rhythm than listening to a drum/percussion project. And you guys know how much I love a good groove…
This particular track is titled “Beastie.” It is inspired by legendary hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, who Werth was a giant fan of while growing up. Wanting to record a song that was a homage to the Beastie Boys, Ghost-Note coordinated various elements that make up the classic Beastie Boys sound with other percussion techniques and styles from jazz and world music. Most obvious is the aggressive sound of the drums, emphasized by Sput and Nate doubling up on certain hits. This in-your-face aesthetic brings our minds right to the Beastie Boys’ great hits, and the extensive use of the cowbell remind us of songs like “Hey Ladies.” (Werth commented that he first fell in love with the cowbell while listening to the Beastie Boys growing up.)
What really makes this track captivating is the rhythmic experimentation that takes place in the latter half of the tune. Ear-catching syncopations and attention-grabbing fills are prevalent. These beats are reminiscent of jazz drum solos and the African percussion traditions that influenced all of jazz music. And let’s be honest – who doesn’t love the cowbell?
To learn more about RSVP Records and Ghost-Note, visit the RSVP website. Be sure to check out the debut album Fortified being released tomorrow, October 16.