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Dave Lombardo (founding member of Slayer):

“Q. What would be some of your main influences today?

A. Lately I’ve been really into all aspects of Funk. The Budos Band etc. I’ve always been into James Brown, but I’ve been listening to him a lot more lately. I’ve also been reaching into my vinyl collection and listening to some of my favorite Punk albums.. Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, Black Flag.”

» MusicLegends.ca February 2014


Sasha Frere-Jones (New Yorker music critic):

“Q. What’s the latest song that super-glued itself in your brain?

A. The Budos Band, “Black Venom”

» Mother Jones, November 2010


“The Budos Band may well be Daptone’s best actual band — all-instrumental and imbued with a sleazy, extra-sinister undertone of gleeful malice (accentuated tonight by scary Halloween-monster masks and nicely undercut by some vicious cowbell), they alone can thrive without an outsized personality at front.”

» The Village Voice, October 2009


“The Budos Band is 12 people who all lock into sync with the military precision of James Brown and Fela Kuti’s tightest ’60s and ’70s ensembles. Like those sprawling units, these Daptone recording artists possess an innate feel for the deepest funk rhythms and the most rousing Afrobeat arrangements. Because they use no vocals, the onus is on the Budos Band’s instrumental prowess. This is primal, percussion-heavy music that’ll make your soul sweat.”

» The Stranger, April 2009


“Coming straight out of Staten Island via Lagos through Addis Ababa with a pit stop somewhere on the Mississippi, the 11-member Budos Band is one of the hottest instrumental Afro-beat-funk-soulsonic orchestras on the scene today… this young group gets a room hopping wherever it plays. The sweat pours from the stage to the dance floor.”

» The Province, April 2009


“L.A. Record: Ever consider a Slayer cover?

Jared Tankel (Budos Band): I’ll tell you what—we actually tried doing Black Sabbath ‘Black Sabbath’ because a lot of us like Sabbath and there’s a metal thread through our tastes. And it was a little weird…”

» L.A. Record, April 2009


“The smooth-groove hypnotic Afro-funk ensemble, which features 12 horn-blowing, gourd-shaking, guitar-picking, bongo-beating musicians in its studio recordings, played its energetic, gravy smothered instrumentals to a crowd of wowed admirers for well over an hour, breaking only long enough to swig Tecate and share expletive-laden tour stories with the crowd in thick Brooklyn accents. If this band was a mattress you could bounce a quarter off of it. They’re that tight.”

» L.A. Examiner, April 2009


“The Budos Band packed the place and their relentless driving afro-beat funk, spearheaded by deft horns, pulsing percussion, and on point rhythm guitar/bass did not disappoint. Though I’ve caught this act before, this was the first time I felt the room becoming so humid with ecstatic dancing that the walls started sweating as much as everyone else. If you’re looking to shake that thing out, trust in Budos to get the job done.

» Short and Sweet NYC, January 2009


“Favorite band to see live twice”

» The Minority Report, January 2009


“With its vintage-sounding blend of horns, hand percussion and Farfisa organ, the Budos Band earns its self-description as the paragon of ‘instrumental Staten Island Afro-soul.’”

» The New York Times, December 2008


The Budos Band II is a kung fu kick to the ears. The Budos Band have a knack for sounding bigger than life from start to finish.”

» jambands.com, july 2007


“The Budos Band… a 12-piece riot of juicy horns, frenzied drums, psychedelic Farfisa, and fat guitars that whip Afrobeat, Ethiopian, Latin, and funk ingredients into a uniquely danceable mess… brought their instrumental rough-and-tumble to a jubilant, sold-out crowd at Joe’s Pub late one steamy Thursday night last month. The excuse was to celebrate the release of their sophomore effort, Budos II, a hot symphonic platter that mixes such sonic icons as James Brown, Fela Kuti, and Mulatu Astatke with some as-yet-to- be-determined sources found brewing within the island’s “dormant” Phresh Kills Landfill.”

» The Village Voice, September 2007


“The Budos Band’s second album, much like their first one, is practically an archeological dig. They’ve broken down through all the strata of the post-punk/post-disco era to uncover the fertile soil of late 1960s and early 70s Afrofunk and soul-jazz, not to mention funky 70s blaxploitation soundtracks, 60s Now Sound LPs, Ethio-jazz and plain old superbad funk. The end result is something so hip it could kill you in large doses-in the right doses it just plain kills… This is a supremely entertaining record, perfect for dancing, driving or just providing a soundtrack when you want to nod your head in time to something.”

» Pitchforkmedia.com, September 2007


“Here comes The Budos Band, walking off a Staten Island ferry and armed with chops they sharpened after school at a community center. There is no amateurishness here; their instrumentals could’ve been performed in 1970 as much as 2005. The 11-piece ensemble’s eponymous debut album, recorded in just three nights, is one of this year’s best dance records, embodying funk’s best elements and keeping the mind locked in their hands throughout most of its too-brief 37 minutes.”

» Stylusmagazine.com, December 2005

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