No longer a secret known only to conoisseurs, they are a group that, like the greats, doesn’t recreate but just IS the real deal. Known as a fast and greasy Rhythm & Blues machine, they also take care of the soul end of things, and their energetic show offers a mix of furious pace and spine-chilling slow moments alike.
Slowly building a huge following since 2010, they’ve performed their R’n'B and Soul cocktail old school style, leaving audiences wondering how a band from Barcelona (Spain) is able to channel the show-stopping fierceness and class of such classics as Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, or any act to come out of Memphis, Detroit or New Orleans during the late fifties and sixties.
The festivals, big and small, venues, gigs and open-air parties at which the band has performed are too numerous to count. The band – founded and led by Adrià Gual (rhythm guitar) and Daniel Segura (bass), and fronted by the explosive vocals of Koko-Jean Davis – has brought their powerful set to a huge number of macro-festivals such as: Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Garorock (France), Shambala Fest (UK) and Couleur Cafe (Belgium), the most important showcase festivals such as MaMA Festival (Paris, France) or Eurosonic Noorderslag fest (Netherlands), blues and jazz festivals such as Cognac Blues Fest (France), or San Sebastian’s Jazzaldia Festival (Spain), their hometown’s BAM – La Mercé Festival (Barcelona, Spain) and some of the most important spanish fests like Enclave de Aguas (Soria, Spain), Festival de Peralada (Girona, Spain), and specialized vintage international festivals such as Actual (Logroño, Spain), Euroyeye (Gijón, Spain), Purple Weekend (León, Spain), Beat Festival (Italy), Hangar Rockin (Switzerland), Stompin’ Festival (Finland) and Funtastic Festival (Benidorm, Spain), while also heavily working the club circuits over most of Europe’s countries (including several appearances at the Royal Albert Hall and O2 in London).
The soul-rocking powerhouse that is The Excitements is completed by, besides Koko-Jean Davis (vocals), Adrià Gual (rhythm guitar) and Daniel Segura (bass): the scorching 6 strings of Albert Greenlight on lead guitar; the thundering beat of Jose Luis Garrido (drums), and last but not least, the soulful sounds of Nico Rodríguez Jauregui on baritone sax and Jordi Blanch on tenor sax.
Another secret among conoisseurs, independent label Penniman Records (Barcelona), is the company which has unleashed their half a dozen 7 inches and 3 Lps until now (all of them produced by raunch king legend Mike Mariconda) of which “Breaking the rule” (Penniman Records, 2016) is their latest slab of raw soul and classy R’n'B, blending all their influences and setting out more ambitiously than ever their own sound and style.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THEM
The new sensation of the national soul scene, pure dynamite on stage.
Rolling Stone (Spain)
A voice, a rhythm and a magic that is contagious.
Listening to them takes you back to a world and a time when music was real, thrilling
and had real soul.
Ruta 66 (Spain)
The Excitements aren’t just a band, they are an atomic bomb.
Their concerts are a mystical experience. You have to see them live to understand it.
Rolling Stone (Italy)
“I don’t love you no more” will appear on top of the best album’s list of the year
for all DJs of the genre.
They honor their name, first they make you shiver down your legs, and then your whole body
begs to let it all hang out by the excitement, joy, bliss, groove and emotions
Ouest France (France)
Six musicians who mark a perfect rhythm that huddles a singer with a bewitching energy.
Le Journal de Saône et Loire (France)
The members of this band have more Soul on a fingertip than most dutch will ever
have on their whole body.
3voor12friesland (The Netherlands)
The Excitements are doing a wonderful job of giving new life to superb old songs.
Eli “Paperboy “Reed