Screaming horn lines, block rocking beats, and lyrics squarely stamped with Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” seal of approval all point to one thing; Bop Skizzum’s mission is to make you dance. Since it’s founding more than 10 years ago, Bop Skizzum has always been about crafting music that reminds people of the need to simply blow off some steam, get on the dance floor, and burn it up.
Comprised of Andy “ROK” Guerrero, Serafin Sanchez, Erin Jo Harris, and a rotating cast of the best musicians known to science, Bop Skizzum is all about making booty shaking music in the same groove pioneered by the founding fathers and mothers of funk: James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone, the melodic genius of Stevie Wonder, the soulful pop of Prince and Michael Jackson, to the modern retro R&B of Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.
Bop Skizzum, formed in 2000 by funk-lovers Andy “ROK” Guerrero, best known as the founding member and guitarist from the socio-political hip-hop rock group Flobots, and his friend, saxophone wielding sex symbol Serafin Sanchez who graduated with a master’s degree in Jazz music from Colorado University. NYU-educated bombshell R&B vocalist Erin Jo Harris was invited by Guerrero and Sanchez to join Bop Skizzum in 2009 finalizing the core of the group.
With a few years of professional experience under their belts the freshly-minted trio decided the best way to introduce the new songs they’d been writing was to enlist their ever-bad-ass rhythm section: Chris Harris on bass and Tohbias Juniel on drums; killer trumpets: Joe Ferrone and John Lake; and take the whole project to the famed Blasting Room Studios to record under award-winning master engineers Jason Livermore and Andrew Berlin. The final result is the five song EP Push released in May 2010 which represents a meaty slab of party-starting funk&roll cut and chopped in the tradition of the original funk makers — with a serious dose of big balls.
From the roaring guitar and blaring brass of “Prove It To You” to the soaring, soul-crushing vocals of their sole ballad, “What I Wanna Hear”, to the heart-thumping bass and bone-breaking beats of the title track, Push is guaranteed to get anyone with a pulse and an ounce of mojo banging heads and shaking tail feathers.
Music fans nationwide continue to discover Bop Skizzum’s funk revolution. Be on the lookout for updates on the band including concert appearances at the band’s website www.bopskizzum.com along with the band’s mission to save the funk at www.savethefunk.org.