By Louie Wieseman
The late 20th-century funk is back, and its name is Vulfpeck.
Vulfpeck is a group from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They all met at the University of Michigan in 2011, not in a music class, but in a 19th-century German literature course, according to the lead singer. They’re a band focused mainly on just keyboard, bass, and drums, but will sometimes feature guitars and singers on studio tracks. They primarily wanted to create a rhythm section like old backing bands instead of forming a typical one.
NoTreble, an online site that focuses on bassists, was one of the first notable sites to talk about and feature Vulfpeck and praise their rhythm section. Joe Dart was rated #5 in the top 10 bassists in 2011. Another notable news story that helped Vulfpeck gain notoriety was their Sleepify album, which was only released on Spotify. The band wanted to go on a tour with no admission for their fans. To help cover costs, they released Sleepify, an album consisting of only white noise that users were instructed to leave muted while it played throughout the night on repeat. They were able to get the money for the tour, but Spotify changed the algorithm for how they paid artists.
Together, three of the members toured with Darren Criss of Glee fame and Katzman, the main musical director for the tour. They’ve also been featured at festivals like Lockn, Bonnaroo, and will be at the upcoming Sasquatch Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Their entire discography is actually available for free on YouTube, but is available to download for just $44.
If you’re interested in checking them out, here is Vulfpeck’s discography so far:
2011 – Mit Peck
2012 – Vollmilch
2013 – My First Car
2014 – Fugue State
2015 – Thrill of the Arts
2016 – The Beautiful Game