Ikebe Shakedown plays with elements of cinematic soul, Afro-funk, deep disco, and boogaloo in all the right ways. The group has forged its unique sound together over four years, developing a mighty horn section anchored by tight, deep-pocketed grooves. Following 2009’s debut EP, Hard Steppin, the band released their first full-length LP on Ubiquity Records in 2011. Recorded at Killion Sound in LA and Dunham Studios in Brooklyn, this self-titled album features 14 blistering tracks that Okayplayer called, “an adventurous trip through time” and “one of the best releases of the year.” Having toured the record throughout the U.S. and Canada, Ikebe just finished recording their follow up album for Ubiquity at Daptone Studios, set to hit the shelves in early 2014. Meanwhile several of the band’s members regularly tour throughout the world with popular acts including Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, The Monophonics, and Streetlight Manifesto.
Brothers and Sisters, to witness The Jay Vons in action is to believe. A personal appearance by The Jay Vons is a “happening." The stage lights pop on. Suddenly music explodes alive and present. Soon the beats into you, penetrating skull and belly. Something inside has got to move. You notice this group: clean cut – groomed hair – neat. Their steps are smooth and graceful. Thumping on his custom Harmony bass ax is Benny Trokan. His insistent bottom sound produces The Jay Vons' trademark: heavy, driving rhythm. Banging away on drums is Mikey (Custodian of Soul) Post. He keeps two things working: mouth and drums. That haunting, ever-riding whang comes from the unique lead guitar of Mike “the Cat” Catanese. On organ is Dave Amels. Personable, strong and seasoned, Dave’s forte is the hurting kind. Lead vocals rotate between Ben and Mike, but sometimes Mikey is given a well-deserved solo spot. Their songs would best be described as danceable heartbreakers. As you shuffle across the floor your eyes will fill with tears. On their forth-coming single “Days Undone” B/W “Never Take me Back” (Cryptovision Records) you will notice that The Jay Vons sound on-stage just like their records. They use no studio musicians. They are what they are.
-Jason Krekel (President of Cryptovision Records)