Mingo Fishtrap: What’s Old Is New Again
For Mingo Fishtrap and the young audiences that flock to see them, what’s old is new again.
Their live show lays its musical roots more in 1969 than in 2015, and their sound dances between gutbucket soul, New Orleans git-down funk, and horn-fueled Motown pop. They’re somewhat of an anomaly in the contemporary music scene.
Their tight horn arrangements are reminiscent of the Tower of Power Horns. Dane Farnsworth’s Hammond B3 organ is evocative of Billy Preston, and Roger Blevins Jr.’s powerful lead vocals — combined with the band’s rock-solid rhythm section — deliver a tenacious groove that is a joy to hear and difficult not to dance to.
Mingo Fishtrap captures a musical conversation that speaks with reverence about the past and hope about the future. With each passing tour, the group gravitates closer to the classic sounds that inspired them to learn their craft. If you have an opportunity to see Mingo Fistrap live, don’t miss it. In the meantime, I give you these videos.