Mamas Gun are masters of modern soul music. Their blend of classic and contemporary influences have sparked millions of streams worldwide and garnered praise from The Sunday Times, Billboard, The Guardian, and Uncut Magazine. Collectively. The London-based group's first three albums spawned Top 10 hits on four continents & were propelled by the band's sold-out tours and funky, full-tilt performances at the Billboard Music Awards (Tokyo), plus global music festivals like WOMAD, Greenroom, Java Jazz, and others. With the release of their latest record Golden Days (2018), Mamas Gun delivered their defining masterpiece.
Golden Days presented a culmination of a musical journey that spans ten years and has helped fuel the vanguard of 21st century soul alongside the Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, and Mayer Hawthorne. Since the start, group founder and frontman Andy Platts (singer, composer, producer) has piloted Mamas Gun with Dave "Eighties" Oliver (keyboards) and Terry "Spiller" Lewis (guitar), plus newest members Cameron Dawson (bass), and Chris Boot (drums). Their distinctive, full-band sound stems from a shared artistic vision among the five members in Mamas Gun. "The present lineup is the best version of the band to date, built on years of important creative exploration with previous lineups," Andy declares. "Those experiences definitely paved the way for where we are now and the decisions we’ve made on our latest recordings," adds Spiller.
Produced by the band themselves, Golden Days captured Mamas Gun in peak form. "Everything is live on this whole album," notes Cameron. "It's all analog." The album also features notable contributions from horn players Andy Ross and Dominic Glover, who've performed and recorded with Amy Winehouse and Incognito, songwriters Connor Reeves (Tina Turner, Joss Stone, Joe Cocker) and Christopher Braide (Sia, Lana Del Ray, Paloma Faith), and artist/producer Shawn Lee (Jeff Buckley, Kelis, Saint Etienne), who lent his genius to the album's mix. Golden Days is the ultimate reflection of the band's approach to songwriting and recording.
A sense of joy and fun, coupled with exceptional musicianship, has always distinguished Mamas Gun from their contemporaries, even as they've grown and experimented with each new release. It's those qualities that catapulted their first two singles onto BBC Radio 2 playlists and helped them surpass Madonna as the #1 international act on Japan's airplay charts. The latest releases powered the group's profile even higher, reaching the Top 20 on the UK's Independent Album Chart with a Top 10 Airplay single.
Most recently Mamas Gun were offered an opportunity to release for the first time in North America through the highly credible channels of UBIQUITY RECORDS. This official introduction into the US market has started to open doors into both the Sync and touring world of America where plans to perform their first string of live dates in the USA are being put together for 2021.
After an extremely busy 12 months of touring & selling out shows everywhere from Japan, Spain, UK and beyond; performing a record number of festival slots all around the globe, Mamas gun return to the studio now to start work on their next batch of recordings. A brand-new studio space dedicated wholly to the band and their musical mission opened its doors and the creation process has begun. Much anticipation and excitement is building for the next stage of this bands journey.
As an interim ‘drop’ the band released a one off single (full band version) of ‘THIS IS THE DAY’ at the start of 2020. It gathered a whole host of support across the globe from NEW MUSIC FRIDAY playlisting on Spotify UK to Jo Whiley (radio 2) airplay premiers, Jazz FM and others adding it to their A list on rotation too. It also caused a stir on the USA where the song was picked up by a host of ‘tastemakers’ within the US soul scene. Check out the video for the latest release here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1JiTkufJgY
And keep eyes and ears open for news of further new releases very soon!