Having raised $63,000 in a collective 90 days of crowd-funding, it’s obvious that KCLR’s supporters believe in the band’s commitment to creating fresh and soul clapping music while inspiring both budding new musicians and old school music lovers alike. KCLR’s current mission is to spread this passion around the world. This summer, the KCLR Go West tour brought the band’s unique blend of funk, jazz, rock and urban elements to new crowds from Edmonton to Los Angeles.
Drawing comparisons to The Roots, Jamiroquai and Janelle Monae, the band has regularly shared the stage with major international artists including Lettuce, soul legend Lee Fields, Five Alarm Funk, Naturally 7, DJ Q-Bert, Z-Trip and Blue King Brown. The recent tour gave the band an opportunity to show new fans across North America why TD Toronto Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Josh Grossman, calls KCLR “scary good…a blast to hear and just as fun to watch.”
With five albums under their belt, KCLR’s high-energy studio sound undoubtedly captures the buzz created by their live performances. Their latest album, From the North, is part one of a 17-song project recorded live in front of a four-person camera crew. By early 2016, each song on From the North will have its own music video, telling the song’s story through unique art pieces. To date, videos for Hamilton Hustle, Tribe Beneath the Storm and Diamond on The Dancefloor are already generating fan excitement online.
KCLR’s 2013 release Parkdale Funk 2: SIDES (PDF2) is a double LP featuring 27 tracks, 40 guest musicians and over 2 hours of music. Although it’s a funk record on the surface, PDF2’s track list highlights KCLR’s varied influences, and includes contributions by Toronto hip hop legends D-Sisive, The Airplane Boys and DJ Grouch, as well as a live string section and big band. CBC Radio’s Errol Nazareth said of PDF2’s 27 tracks, “I dug every track!” Exclaim! Magazine praised PDF2’s “infectious, rhythmically virtuosic brand of funk [and] seamless detours into hip-hop, rock, drum & bass, reggae, Afro-beat and folk.”
2016 is going to be a big year for the band. With the release of new music and videos, innovative fan-driven stunts, a return to the west coast, and trips to other major markets across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, KCLR’s star continues to climb.