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Critically-Acclaimed Garage/Soul Rockers THE SH-BOOMS Live Set and Q&A For Illigal Mezcal’s Musician’s Breakfast Series

Watch Saturday, May 16 at 2pm EST

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Photo: Mike Dunn

“A model of strut, gut and soul…The Sh-Booms are ready for the world.”- Orlando Weekly


Orlando, FL garage-soul outfit The Sh-booms will be performing a live-streamed set on Saturday, May 16, followed by a Q&A, as part of Illegal Mezcal’s Musician’s Breakfast, a raw kitchen counter acoustic series digitally bringing artists + their music from their home to yours.

The session will begin at 2pm est tomorrow, on Illegal Mezcal’s Instagram page:

In anticipation of tomorrow’s live stream, the band has curated an eclectic Musician’s Breakfast Playlist of some of their favorite songs, which is now streaming on Spotify:

Bassist Al Ruiz says, “Ilegal Mezcal’s Musician’s Breakfast series was started as a way to close the distance between artists with intimate kitchen performances and live question and answer sessions after. The Sh-Booms are excited to be featured in Episode 11 of series, performing “Outlaw”, “Sin and the City”, and a cover of Echo & The Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon.”

“Getting out and playing is just our favorite part of being a band, and while we can’t do that for now, we are really excited that Ilegal had us over to play a few.”

The Sh-booms critically-hailed release The Blurred Odyssey Tour is out now.


Since their 2011 inception, The Sh-Booms have become kind of a thing in their native scene and beyond. They’ve been tapped to share the stage with names like The Roots, Of Montreal, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Jacuzzi Boys, Budos Band, Big Freedia, Lee Fields, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and The B-52’s (whom the band toured with in 2017 and 2018). They’ve also been featured on NPR, while their music has made its way onto shows like CW’s Supergirl.

“Leon The Hustler,” the first single off The Blurred Odyssey was dubbed none other than the “Coolest Song In The World” by Little Steven’s Underground Garage, while outlets such Flood Magazine, PopMatters, Spill Magazine and others raved about the album.

Since powerhouse singer Brenda Radney joined in 2015, the band’s course has been locked, their date with destiny set. She was signed to Justin Timberlake’s Tennman label, even appearing on his album, The 20/20 Experience, Pt. 2. But after clicking with band leader Al Ruiz while recording separately in the same studio, she jumped aboard The Sh-Booms to turn this train into a true locomotive. After the release of their 2016 Usage Fee EP and a countless number of shows in the Southeast, the 10 songs along The Blurred Odyssey were produced by Grammy-nominated Alan Armitage (AA Villain) over an 18-month span that cemented the band as a tight-knit unit. That chemistry achieved is where The Sh-Booms are now, and The Blurred Odyssey is their testament.

Although a soul band through and through, the grease and bite they’ve been picking up in the years leading up to this big step out have been forged in the bad company of punk and garage bands. From that underground now rises a new hurricane of big orchestration, maximum stomp and fresh intent. It’s a little ache and a lot of party all wrapped up in a wrecking ball.


What people have said about The Sh-Booms:

“…soulful and bluesy and all the things you would want in this sometimes humdrum world of modern music. Our crowd loves them!”- Kate Pierson of The B-52’s

“…one is struck by its powerful edge, the collectives ability to slam as hard as Black Sabbath and soul predecessors War while retaining the finesse of contemporary acts such as Budos Band. But whereas many bands of this ilk attempt to recapture a past, real or imagined, the Sh-Booms are speaking powerfully and potently about the now; this take on reality 2019 proves as hard-hitting and frenetic as Adrian Belew’s street poetry with Discipline-era King Crimson or the earliest, unpolished hip-hop. All without losing a sense of hook and groove. This isn’t someone’s idea of what soul should be, this is the soul of a new era.”- PopMatters

“People want to slap a “soul” label on the Sh-Booms, but anyone who’s seen them drench the stage in whiskey and sweat can attest to the fact that their blood is pumping with so much more than that.”- Orlando Weekly

“The first track from the album, “Audible,” is a throwback that features big, brassy horns blasting out a mournful melody while Radney spreads her sweet, syrupy vocals over the top. With echoes of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, and Alabama Shakes, The Sh-Booms’ down-home rock and soul is a most welcome sound in these turbulent times. ” – FLOOD Magazine

“The Coolest Song In The World”- The Underground Garage

“Brazen horns, staccato bass, vintage organ, and funk guitar collaborate to create what could be the newest soundtrack for a Tarantino movie.”- Spill Magazine

“…low, sensual R&B mixed with eerie, twangy guitar and a heck of a vocalist…” oozes with atmosphere…”- Gainesville Sun

“The Sh-Booms, with singer Brenda Radney front and center, will blow your mind with their nine-player rock and soul revue.”- Pure Honey

“Their hard work and greasy shine have been gathering national notice for a little while now…”- Orlando Weekly

“The Sh-Booms top the sound barrier with sensual R&B…”- Florida Times Union

“The Sh-Booms Bring New Life to ’60s Soul”- New Times

“After Leaving Justin Timberlake’s Label, A Garage-Soul Singer Forges Her Own Path”- NPR Weekend Edition

“If you’ve been sitting around all these years just waiting for someone to put out a record that occupies the space between Isaac Hayes’ Theme From Shaft, Aretha Franklin’s Respect and Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, you’re in luck…And, man, it’s even better than you thought it’d be!“- 50thirdand3rd

“…sounds like a punked up version of a 60s girl-group song…will gut-punch you with its hard-edged funk… a diverse, enjoyable release.”- Jersey Beat


LISTEN to ‘The Blurred Odyssey’ here:

Spotify – STREAM

iTunes – BUY

Apple Music – STREAM

Google Play – STREAM

Amazon – BUY

Amazon – STREAM


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