Last week, Vulf Records mysteriously released two tracks under a moniker The Fearless Flyers. The new band, comprised of Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri, put out two songs on Monday and Wednesday, generating huge response to the funky-fresh releases. The new project, which is produced, composed, and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck), will be pressed on a limited supply of 12″ vinyl—though the campaign to reserve your own copy closed on Friday. From the time of the announcement, it was not clear whether or not The Fearless Flyers would release a full record, or if only the two songs would appear on the pressing.Then, on Friday, without much promotion outside of a few ambiguous posts on Vulfpeck’s social media pagges, The Fearless Flyers released the full EP on Bandcamp. In addition to the previously released “Aces of Aces” and “Under the Sea / Flyers Drive”, the self-titled debut record includes four additional tracks.“Introducing the Fearless Flyers” showcases the tight musicianship between the four players, providing the style of playing that fans of Vulfpeck crave from the band’s earlier days. A sped-up, jammed-out, funkified rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” appears on the EP, featuring guitarist Blake Mills and gospel performer Sandra Crouch. A secondary version of “Barbara” also appears on the record, featuring Sandra Crouch again on the tambourine, as a follow-up to Vulfpeck’s 2012 Vollmich version of the song.The six-track presentation closes with “Bicentennial”, a clear continuation of the closing groove from Vulfpeck’s 2017 “Grandma” from Mr. Finish Line. Vulfpeck’s soulful original version of the song features Antwaun Stanley on vocals, David T. Walker on guitar, and James Gadson on drums and closes with a 45-second groove that left fans wanting more. The Fearless Flyers’ “Bicentennial” is the extension of that groove and it features Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Elizabeth Lea on trombone and the voice of Jack Stratton as the “sibilant announcer.”With clear ties between Vulfpeck and The Fearless Flyers, it’s safe to say that the new band is a real thing–and we want more. You can own a copy of The Fearless Flyers today for $6, if you didn’t already reserve a copy of the vinyl, here.<a href=”http://vulf.bandcamp.com/album/the-fearless-flyers”>The Fearless Flyers by The Fearless Flyers</a>In other news, Apple recently released a new commercial for the Apple Pay feature, using Vulfpeck’s “Back Pocket” as the soundtrack. The commercial is in international circulation, positioning the song to get stuck in even more heads across the globe.Vulfpeck has a light year ahead of them, with only four dates on the calendar so far. Following a festival appearance at Sweetwater 420 and two nights in New Orleans, the funk quartet will head to Morrison, Colorado, for their first-ever headlining performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. With KNOWER and Kamasi Washington also on the bill, the 4/27 show is shaping up to be one of the most exciting to date. Head here for more information.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTonko shows he’s grown out of touchPaul Tonko, are you listening? You have lost touch. After reading in The Gazette that you support more investigations on impeaching our president, and continuing to waste our money on this witch hunt, it’s clear you no longer represent what’s right and decent. While an assemblymen here in New York you seemed to want what was good for all New York. I supported you and believed you had our best interests at heart.But this unwavering, lockstep, partisan Democrat charade you have demonstrated since your ascension to Washington is disturbing and disheartening. New York is the highest-taxed, most unfairly regulated, oppressed state in the country.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whom you adamantly continue to support, has virtually bankrupted our state, wasted our money on giveaway programs to undocumented immigrants and criminals, while our infrastructure crumbles, school and property taxes are astronomical and the unborn and disabled are forgotten.And now you’re worried about another fruitless probe. Shame on you Paul. You have lost my vote. We deserve better.If I see you again at a local function or your annual visit to the Altamont Fair, I will respectfully shake your hand. But remember, we put you in Washington to support us at home, not the other way around. Just do your job. What you’re doing now is not it. It’s time you see what’s happening at home to us.Paul HasbrouckPrincetownGroup desperately in need of volunteersI’m writing with a plea for help. The senior population of our area is growing faster than our number of volunteers.This is causing a problem in serving their needs, especially in the towns of Ballston and Malta. Care Links was established in 1996 to “link those in need with those that care” thereby enabling persons 60 and older to continue to live independently in their own homes. But we are in trouble. Today, 39 older residents of southern Saratoga County need your help. Due to ever-increasing requests for support, they have been placed on a waiting list for services. We have 15 seniors who are waiting for rides to medical appointments, dialysis and shopping and another 24 waiting for relief through respite, a conversation with a friendly visitor or someone to do their shopping.Can you help us by volunteering? Care Links is very flexible in its scheduling and we have opportunities for all ages, from children to seniors. If a couple of hours a week or one day a month. Whatever time works for you, will work for us. If you wish to explore the possibility of volunteering for any of these services, please call Care Links at 518-399-3262. Thank you!Francine RodgerClifton ParkThe writer is chair, Captain/CHS Senior Services CommitteeEnforce laws to curb illegal immigrationI am a transplanted Texan who lived in south Texas near the Gulf Coast, about a 3-hour drive to Mexico.It’s amusing to me to hear how badly we treat folks who break our laws to get here and then ignore them once here.Do you think maybe they get away with it because ranches and farms hire them for cheap labor? I lived there for 30 years and it has gotten worse. Pregnant women sneak over the border and get caught so can have their children here safely.We are not going to see a change until we enforce laws already in place.They know that even a camp here is better then a drug-lord-run Mexico. Until we stop hiring them for cheap labor, it will keep happening.It is worse down south and in California. It’s not like folks are sneaking in from Canada in the thousands.Louise WassojnRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes