The Oblations are a two-man Blues/Funk/Rock band from the triangle area of North Carolina. Joe MacPhail's setup is comprised of drums and a keyboard, which he plays at the same time. Daniel Fields plays slide and electric guitars with a host of a effects pedals. They both sing. Though only a duo, they easily (and to the amazement of the audience) produce the sound of a trio or a quartet, entirely avoiding the use of pre-recorded tracks or digital loops. This unique setup expands the boundaries of live instrumental performance. With over a decade of experience playing together in various projects, The Oblations share a unique musical telepathy, and invite you to join them on a funky, textural, and personal journey informed by the last century of of American music. Whether playing their own original music or covering artists from Howlin' Wolf to Outkast, The Oblations never cease to surprise or delight with their off-the-cuff improvisations, genre-bending compositions, and relentless exploration of uncharted musical territory.
Inspired by the artistic visions of Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Hiatus Kaiyote, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Taj Mahal, and J Dilla, The Oblations blend a dedication to instrumental expressiveness with a love of strong songcraft. Their songs owe as much to Bob Dylan or John Hiatt as they do to D'Angelo or Erykah Badu. The Oblations channel their influences through their own life experience, creating a visceral, funky, and euphoric sound that is sure to leave an impression.
The Oblations are overjoyed with a new addition to their sound. They welcome their three-piece horn section, The Dino Horns. The horn section consists of Danny Abrams (baritone and alto sax), Danny Grewen (Trombone) and Esteban Gonzalez (Trumpet). Capable of improvising complete three-part horn lines on the spot, the Dino Horns are a visual and auditory delight that augments the expressiveness of The Oblations and takes the group to higher heights.
The Oblations first complete artistic statement will be available in recorded form Fall 2017.
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