Bonneville revs up with funky new single ‘The Chase’

"It captures the essence of 1970s cinematographic crime/action films such as ‘Dirty Harry,’ ‘Shaft,’ and ‘Streets of San Francisco’, visualize a car chase from ‘Starsky & Hutch’ speeding through the streets of Manhattan or San Francisco"
5 June 2024

Southern retro soul band Bonneville is back with another dose of their signature retro-soul and funky R&B vibes in their latest single The Chase. This groovy track, serving as the fifth single from their much-awaited second album Flying Machine, is set to captivate listeners with its infectious energy and nostalgic charm.

Bonneville has become synonymous with their retro-soul, funky R&B sound, paying homage to the golden era of music while infusing it with their unique style.

With The Chase, the album takes a decisive turn, conjuring up the raw, unbridled energy of 1970s action flicks, where cars screamed down city streets and heroes didn’t take names. Drawing inspiration from iconic songs like Are You Man Enough? by The Four Tops and the theme to Shaft, The Chase is a funk opus that showcases the exceptional musicianship of the Muscle Shoals FAME Recording Studios musicians alongside the creative brilliance of Bonneville.

Band member, co-producer, and co-songwriter Jeff Hayashi explains, “‘The Chase’ captures the essence of 1970s cinematographic crime/action films such as ‘Dirty Harry,’ ‘Shaft,’ and ‘Streets of San Francisco’, visualize a car chase from ‘Starsky & Hutch’ speeding through the streets of Manhattan or San Francisco. As the only instrumental track Bonneville has recorded to date, it highlights everyone’s individual talent while being true to the classic Bonneville sound.”

Bonneville’s music kaleidoscope shifts with influences from legends like Lalo Schifrin, Curtis Mayfield, and Vulfpeck, while retaining a distinctive flavor that’s all their own.

The song evolved into a funk orchestra, with each musician bringing their talents to the forefront. GRAMMY®-recognized producer Starita collaborated on the final production vision of The Chase, working alongside Hayashi and the talented musicians from Muscle Shoals. Muscle Shoals, the epicenter of Southern music, is where Starita found his creative match. Teaming up with the area’s top studio musicians, he found the perfect blend of talent and chemistry to bring his song to life.

The Grammy-recognized producer explains: “With Jeff’s idea to do a 70s movie theme style tune, it was clear we were going to need an army to play on the song. Luckily, we recorded in Muscle Shoals which has a rich pool of studio musicians that can play anything. This song has a full horn section – 2 flutes, strings, vibraphone, percussion, 3 guitars, bass, and drums. I was most excited to see what all of the Muscle Shoals studio musicians would do with a tune like this. As always, they nailed it and more. It was so exciting to have a song where everyone had a chance to show off in the spotlight. With this track, my approach was simple as always when working in Muscle Shoals – get the right players in the room together and stay out of the way. I just made sure we got the takes we needed and let everyone play their hearts out. Given Jeff had such a clear idea of what he wanted on this tune, it went relatively easy given the amount of players there are on this song. The core band cut the basics early on and then we went back in to add even more instrumentation.”

There’s a reason The Chase will seep into your consciousness and stay there – this Southern retro soul band’s combustible blend of rhythm and swagger is practically unforgettable.

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