Portland band Dear Drummer combines rock, funk, soul, r & b, hip hop. Describing their latest album: “In just 7 songs, Dear Drummer takes you through stories of Portland nightlife, protesting racial inequality, a little love and heartbreak, and drinking with friends; this album just sounds like a party you want to be at.
The lead singer, Justin Odom, has a voice that instantly draws you in. In one moment he can croon in a Marvin Gaye falsetto – “If you live for nothing you die for nothing, so keep living,” and the next moment he’s throwing down a gritty verse in the vibe of Sublime’s Bradley Knowles, like in the opening line of the first song “Life of the Party,” singing “Man this lifestyle’s hard on the liver.”
And the songs themselves are infectious and fun. From group chorus chants of “We’re the life of the party,” atop a funky groove, repeated exclaims of “Woo Ha” – the sound you might make when you see a beautiful person pass you by, to poignant lyrics about what it’s like to be black in America in “Sick Of All This Noise,” there is both substance and story in these songs. The beats, the hooks, the melodies, and the vibe are all there to keep you listening through to the last song.”
“Join us for the release party of Dear Drummer’s second single off their latest studio effort. “Slow Walk” is a sexy, foot-stomping, 4-on-the-floor high energy track, with, dare we say it…a bit of a country vibe. We’ll be playing two full sets, so come for one, or come for both…just come on out! ”
Taking their name from an anonymous letter their drummer received from an unappreciative neighbor at the time, Dear Drummer has been having fun and filling venues all over Portland since forming two years ago. Their unique blend of soul-funk-rock and evolving sound has kept dance floors full and audiences fully engaged.
Lead singer Justin Odom draws listeners in with his smooth vocals and high-energy performance, while the rest of his band mates keep the grooves tight. Diverse and varied, their influences range from Marvin Gaye and Paul Simon, to the Beastie Boys and Tribe Called Quest…& Stevie Wonder and Aloe Blacc. The band released its first studio album EP in June 2015.