Local Indianapolis band Clint Breeze and the Groove’s most recent album is an electrifying blend of funk, jazz, hip hop, and soul.
This week, we’ll be continuing to feature local artists from the Indianapolis community. While we’ve been on a roll with showcasing Indy artists lately, there’s still a lot of talent out there that we haven’t touched yet. On that note, we’re more than happy to be covering Clint Breeze and the Groove today to kick off the week.
But before we get into our song of the day, let’s first go over what we know about this local Indy group.
Clint Breeze and the Groove
Clint Breeze and the Groove is the brain child of Indianapolis native and hip hop producer Carrington Clinton. The Groove includes members Clint Breeze (drums), Nick Tucker (bass), Joel Tucker (guitar), Jared Thompson (sax), Zach Finnegan (trumpet), Chris Pitts (keys), and Pernell from Pike (emcee, vocals). They’ve played all across Indianapolis, from Square Cat Vinyl to the Hi-Fi. Clint Breeze and the Groove have also headlined several Indianapolis festivals, including Chreece and Indy Jazz Festival.
It’s safe to say that there isn’t a sound in Indianapolis quite like the one that Clint Breeze and the Groove brings. Their music places an emphasis on fusing the styles of jazz, funk, soul, rock, and hip hop into something else entirely. The resulting compositions tend to be drum heavy, and strike a balance between raw musicianship and crafted melodies.
in 2016, Clint Breeze released the album “Nappy Head”, highlighting the socio-political climate of Black America, and collaborating with over two dozen rappers, poets, musicians, and singers. The album created quite the buzz around Indianapolis, becoming somewhat of a local classic in the community.
Fast forward three years, and Clint Breeze and the Groove release their debut studio album, “Arrival”. The album was released last April, recorded at Postal Recording, and produced by Clint Breeze. If you’ve seen them perform live, you might recognize some of the songs. Especially our song of the day, “Lavender”, whose live performance was featured in the Indy Star.
“Lavender” is the opening track to Clint breeze and the Groove’s debut album, “Arrival”. The song opens with a slow intro of synths and percussion that gradually builds to a funky groove, adding multiple layers of guitar, bass, and finally horns. The tone shifts drastically to a more rock-oriented sound as soon as Pernell comes in on the first verse. In between verses, the guitar takes over for a short solo, then the sax. This back and forth between lyrical verse and musical solo continues through to the chorus.
The chorus (or bridge, however you want to look at it) comes in toward the end of the song, and serves as an outro section for the song. This section, which repeats the phrase “Can’t stop feelin’ the love all over the world”, hearkens back to the funky intro groove, but this time with an infusion of soul.
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Pernell from Pike’s lyrical skills as a poet and rapper. While the tone of “Lavender” is overall uplifting, Pernell isn’t afraid to touch on real issues in the community.
“Gentrification all in the community plan / You ever seen an Indianapolis community man? / Just take any street a little past Rural and weigh ’em / East 38th become the Jewish community, damn”.
It’s refreshing to hear a band of Indianapolis addressing real concerns in the community. Real art comes from being connected to where you are, and that’s something that Clint Breeze and the Groove seem to be distinctly aware of.
Clint Breeze and the Groove are a truly unique voice in Indianapolis. And their track, “Lavender” is a great example of who they are as a band. If you liked listening to “Lavender” and are looking for more Clint Breeze, you can listen to the rest of their debut album “Arrival” by visiting their Bandcamp page. You can also find out more information on Clint Breeze and the Groove on Facebook.
If you’re looking for more coverage of the Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re showcasing local artists from the community.