Listen to Analog Son's new album "Stomp and Shout" for the next 24 hours. After that — poof!

When a band plans to make its mark on a music scene, expectations from every member can be all over the place. No one can really hold any idea of how well received the music will be, and if people actually do hear it, will they like it?

Having paid dues in successful bands already, Jordan Linit (Kinetix/Ableminds) and Josh Fairman (Kinetix) had a basic notion their new band Analog Son was in the right type of vibe to elicit fans as they were. But what they weren’t expecting was how well received it would actually be. The reception from the first album was unmatched, says Linit, and pushed them forward to do more.

The next album, “Stomp and Shout,” will be released this weekend on Saturday, Mar 7 at The Bluebird Theatre. Before that happens, Linit and his team gave us access to the online stream for a mere 24 hours to listen to it before it’s out. For an extra look into the process of making the album, Westword’s Courtney Harrell dove in to the inspirations behind each track.

Linit also sat with us to talk about the band and where it goes from here. Read the interview below the album.

(Well, the album was here, but now it's not. You're too late. So sad.)

Your momentum with the band is what you credit as pushing you forward: Did you ever expect it?

Early on during our first recording session, I don’t think we knew what was coming. By the time we had recorded most of our debut album, we knew we had something special on our hands. Did I expect it? Probably not right away, but after the release of the first album I was totally blown away and have been surprised by the great progress. Everyone in the Analog Son team is feeling very blessed.

How has your writing style changed from what it was with your previous bands?

I have always been very eclectic in my writing styles. I have composed in many genres including Rock, Funk, Jazz, EDM/Electronic, and even classical arrangements of string sections. Each project throughout the years has showcased a different style. Kinetix combined elements of Rock/Jam/Funk. Ableminds is a combination of many different electronic styles: house/hip hop/dub. 

With Analog Son, Josh and I get to compose funk music with elements of our rock and jazz backgrounds. We try to maintain a strong focus on funky music that will make people dance.

What is it about Colorado that makes it such a good place for musicians?

Colorado has some of the greatest music fans in the country. People around here are very likely to spend their hard earned money to go out and see live music and support their favorite artists and that is something that us musicians treasure. 

Also we have a very large community of talented artists making most every style of music under the sun.The artist community in Colorado is very supportive of each other, which gives it a great sense of camaraderie.

What are some of the things you want people to take away from your music?

We want people to listen to our music and forget about their worries from the day and let loose into a world of fun and freedom. Whether dancing in the club to our performance or listening on their deck with their eyes closed, this music should free their minds and let their booties follow. On top of that I think people can appreciate our compositions, which closely interlink the melodies, harmonies, and rhythms that tie throughout our 7-piece funk outfit.

What kinds of musicians inspire you to keep going as an artist?

So many! People like Hancock Hancock, George Clinton, James Brown, Prince and Maceo Parker have laid the foundation for funk and fusion music. More recently, bands like Lettuce, Galactic, Greyboy Allstars, and many more have really carried the funk torch. Josh and I draw a lot from other styles, including artists like Dr. Dre, Tribe Called Quest, D’ Angelo, Miles Davis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mr. Bungle. Drawing from many different styles is essential for keeping a well rounded background and to keep an artist from becoming stagnant in their writing/composing.

Do you think Colorado does enough to support the arts?

I think Denver does a good job of supporting the arts, but it’s a team effort and we need everyone in our community to continue to do whatever they can to help their community. People can support their community by donating to their school music programs, getting instruments for their kids, bring friends and family to concerts, support local radio stations, and in general support any cause they enjoy.

We read a fairly random online study once about drummers being smarter than everyone else in the world, is this true?

Interesting…[laughs] I can’t confirm or deny that, but I can say from experience that many drummers I have worked with have a great understanding of mathematics.

What does the future look like for Analog Son?

The future looks bright! We have been writing tons of new material and are looking at playing a greater number of shows and traveling to new cities. We could not be more excited to see what the future holds!

– Cover Photo Credit: J.Mimna