Slack Bridges play neo-soul and funk from Canada's capital city.
Slack Bridges has poured its funk-fueled, soulful sound that’s been called “unheard of” in the their first full-length LP titled Joy of Joys on Nov. 11, 2017. With frequent airplay on CBC, CHUO, CKCU and CKDJ, and a listing in "Top Local Bands of 2017" on CBC's All in a Day, the album is already making waves.
Joy of Joys itself is an ode to all funky music. It was crafted over several sweaty months jamming in a small shack, with all intentions to ensure that the band’s deep love for vintage soul music, jazz fusion, boombap hip-hop and neo-soul shine through in every track. Mixed by Jason Jaknunas (Souljazz Orchestra, JW Jones) and mastered by Phil Bova (Feist, Bahamas, Jason Collett), this record leaves everything on the floor.
The band formed in 2015, making good on a promise between Garett Barr (bass) and Chris Elms (guitar), who met performing in various R&B and blues outfits in Ottawa, Ontario. When the pair encountered the velvety baritone of Matt Gilmour, they reached out to see if he was interested in putting a combo together. That combo quickly grew into a full-fledged group, including Kim Jackson (keys), Matt Godin (drums), Julian Selody (sax) and Laurel Ralston (trumpet). Drawing on the foundations of soul and jazz fusion music of the '70s, and with a nod to modern tastemakers such as Anderson .Paak, the bridges between genres that define this group are certainly slack.