On the Goe: Get pumped for Tight Thump

Grand Junction, get ready to meet your new favorite band. It is called Tight Thump and it is one funky ball of teats. (See: “The Mighty Boosh,” funk.)

Only having played a handful of live shows, Tight Thump are relatively new on the local music scene but don’t let the band members’ youth fool you. This band is, as the name implies, tight, and its live performances are can’t-miss events.

I’ve been on board since the beginning, and as it broke into the opening groove of its first song at Barons’ grand opening party I remember thinking that this band is hands down going to be the most popular group performing in Grand Junction.

Packing dance floors left and right since and supplying more funk than is humanly safe to consume, Tight Thump is an entertaining crew winning fans over one show at a time.

“The name Tight Thump comes from staying ‘tight’ or musicians slang for being precise and staying perfectly ‘in the pocket’,” Tight Thump’s bassist Allen Bradley said. “‘Thump’ is something I picked up from old Parliament albums, which is a big influence on our sound.”

Bradley, who you may recognize from his work with the Williams Brothers Band, slaps the bass fast and loose like a delirious funky priest. His low-end work and the percussion rhythms of Mike Van Middendorp give Tight Thump its steady groove, allowing Tim D’Andrea and Casey Dry to engage in a funky free-for-all jam on guitar.

What initially started as a basement jam-and-beer session among friends has turned into one of the most enjoyable live shows in the area. The best thing about them is they write their own material.

“When someone brings a song or a riff to the table, the first thing we look for is something we call ‘groove-ability’,” Bradley said. “Our main goal is to keep people dancing. We love seeing people have a good time, and in turn that makes us have the best time (on stage).”

Tight Thump already has a number of crowd-pleasers worked into its sets. From the totally catchy jams “Salty Bacon” and “Serpent’s Spinach” to the group’s title song and my personal favorite “Tight Thump,” the band can keep a show moving deep into the night.

For good measure, the band also sprinkles in a couple covers, notably an excellent rendition of the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” 

It’s booty shaking music to the max and if you haven’t seen Tight Thump play, now is the perfect time. Loosen those knees, drop those hips and drink in that pure tasty funk.

Lucky for you, Tight Thump is serving up another milky funk-shake Friday night, June 27, at Barons, playing with a brother from another funky mother, Selector Trev.

“It’s like, one song (Selector Trev) plays will be great, and then he follows it up with another perfect song for dancing, and then after that, somehow he will play your favorite song of all time,” Bradley said. “I find it fitting to have him do the music for before and after the show, and during the breaks.”

Speaking of Selector Trev, he isn’t your typical DJ. He doesn’t over-complicate things by mixing or manipulating music through effects. His grove-ability factor is on point, kicking out hit after hit, and keeping the dance floor rocking all night long.

As a fan noted on the Facebook event page for Friday’s show, “Nothing in the world will stop me from being there! Nothing!!” There’s a funkadelic fervor spreading across western Colorado, and it’s all because of Tight Thump.

If you ain’t caught the funk yet, still standing there all rigid like a bread stick reading this column, then get down to Barons. Tight Thump will get you sorted right out.

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