When: Fri., Nov. 13, 10 p.m. 2015
It's been quite the rollercoaster ride, but the eight members of Austin's critically-acclaimed soul collective Mingo Fishtrap have found their sweet spot. Now four albums deep, the eight piece outfit has honed its sound, rubbed shoulders with musical idols, and delivered powerhouse live shows to crowds of thousands in the years since the band's inception in a tiny dorm room in Denton, Texas. “We've experienced a lot of milestones and challenges in our lives together,” says founder Roger Blevins, Jr. “It's easy to reminisce, even about moments that have just happened, but you reach a place in your life where you finally feel comfortable that that's where you're supposed to be.” Mingo's fourth full-length record, the aptly-named On Time (due June 3 on Blue Corn Music) blends punchy horns and gritty Memphis grooves with N'awlins funk to create sounds steeped in both modern pop and sixties soul sensibilities, that transcend both era and genre. “My first love is classic sixties soul, funk, and Motown,” says Roger. As the band has grown, this early love affair has become a bigger part of Mingo’s musical landscape. “There was a time early on when we were really into these crazy, bombastic arrangements,” he explains. “Now it's more the song, the groove and the overall feel.” The infectiously catchy “End of the World” gets the record off to a sizzling start with buttery vocals, dance-floor-ready drums, and the plaintive refrain — if tomorrow never comes, “would you love like it's the end of the world?” Muted drums segue into swirling vintage keys and sax on “Mason Jar,” while title track “On Time” serves up saucy Motown grooves. “Sugadoo” keeps the good times rolling as Blevins belts, “Sugadoo, what you gonna do? Have yourself a slice of my pie, too,” atop smoldering vocal harmonies and funky brass arrangements.