The Macrotones

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The Macrotones have been bringing tightly honed afrofunk to Boston, New England, and beyond since 2007. Whether they’re opening for national headliners like NOMO, the Budos Band, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, and Grupo Fantasma, splitting sold-out bills with regional favorites like Rubblebucket, Westbound Train, or playing all night themselves, The Macrotones’ taut rhythms keep the bodies moving and heads nodding. Based initially in Allston, Mass, the earliest incarnation of the 10-piece Macrotones came together to play traditional afrobeat music. While this was a great introduction, it became apparent there were new, diverse directions the music was headed. Their sound quickly grew to incorporate elements of funk, soul, ethiojazz, and rock. The result is a dark and funky blend of persistent, interlaced rhythms, and powerfully dense horn lines. And with stimulating percussion percolating throughout, it's obvious the way to take in a Macrotones performance is on one’s feet and dancing.


Their debut album, 2008’s Wayne Manor, has been described by the Boston Phoenix as “a miraculous matrimony of funky preconceived ideals and effective spontaneity.” Recorded almost entirely live in a converted barn in the woods of Maine, the record captures a heavy-grooving band finding their sound.


The 2011 Young Cub Records (The Aggrolites, The Superpowers) follow-up, First Signs of Danger, features that sound gig-refined and presented in a warm and gritty analog setting. Engineered and produced by Craig Welsch, impresario of John Brown’s Body recording spinoff roots/dub project 10 Foot Ganja Plant, the album has been compared to a soundtrack for a car chase film, or can be thought of as simply "music for spies."


For their newest effort, Darvaza, the Macros hooked up with legendary producer Sean Slade (Radiohead, Pixies) to record 6 tunes live in the studio that demonstrate their truly distinctive sound. The album will be released on vinyl and CD via Music ADD Records on 12/4/12.





“Masters of the city's afrobeat movement”


"While the Macrotones’ brass stays powerful, it stays smooth and shiny as silk as well; easing into and out of measures with style, letting some of the more percussive instruments have their time and space."
- Boston Band Crush

"Rejects categorization within Afrobeat, reggae, and jam-band boundaries… Wayne Manor is a miraculous matrimony of funky preconceived ideals and effective spontaneity."
- The Boston Phoenix

"A tight display of funk and percussive aggression… Certain songs attack and punch you in the face from start to finish while others slowly creep, ebb, and flow..."
- The Afrobeat Blog

"They pump out an instrumental, afro-beat inspired, funk sound that will get your booty shaking. While you certainly get the sense that Fela's spirit is lingering in the air, there are also dashes of good ol' American funk thrown in for good measure. Tight horns, funky basslines, all sorts of percussion – certainly a tasty recipe."
- Mainstream Isn't So Bad Blog

"Very funky, jazzy horn section and irresistible percussion. This album [Wayne Manor] often reminds me of the soundtrack to a spy movie. There is an inquisitive nature behind each of these songs that keeps the listener on their toes throughout the twists and turns of each song."
- Yellow Bird Project Blog










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