At one point in my life, New Orleans based Galactic, was one of my favorite bands. My first Galactic show was at The Graffiti in Pittsburgh (RIP) in 1999. I remember it being hot, sweaty, loud, and funky. My friends and I had a blast and I was hooked. Back then, Galactic shows were high energy, mostly instrumental affairs with a few songs featuring vocals thrown in by “The Houseman” Theryl DeClouet, who would emerge in the middle or near the end of a set wearing a gold suit.
Over the years, Galactic’s sound has evolved to incorporate elements of hip hop and electronic music. They’ve recorded and toured with many different vocalists including singers, rappers, etc. I won’t say that it was because of this that I sort of lost interest in the band a bit, but my interest has definitely faded significantly since those first few shows between ’99 and ’01. I am still a fan of drummer Stanton Moore especially his work with Garage-A-Trois, but I just can’t get into the wide array of vocals on the newer stuff. It’s just a bit scattered.
I knew that they were probably not going to play many of the older instrumental pieces at Hartwood Acres yesterday. Vocalists can engage a crowd more than an instrumental funk band ever could especially at a family friendly outdoor free show like this one. So, I was really glad to hear “Two Clowns” from their 2000 release, Late For The Future. I shot a video of the whole song, but I was right in the front and the drums sound awful on the recording, so I only posted the middle section that was a bit quieter. I guess this is appropriate as it was the best example of old school Galactic that I heard all night. Enjoy.