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  1. Want More
  2. Everything Will Be Fine [MP3]
  3. I Got High
  4. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
  5. Don't Lock The Door
  6. Baaadnews
  7. To Love Someone (That Don't Love You)
  8. I Can See Everything
  9. Missing Things
  10. Sister Ray Charles
  11. Awake


"Frontman Brooks brings genuine heat to his role as sweat-soaked soul shouter, especially on the maximum R&B of “Sister Ray Charles” and the strutting title track, which sounds like the MC5 jamming with Otis Redding’s horn section."-– Metromix

"Those who have seen JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound perform usually describe their reaction in two words: blown away." -KDHX, St Louis

"Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are the reigning monarchs of this particular soul revival subset, but Brooks and his crew are proof that the scene has strong enough legs to support others. Of course, that all rests on Brooks’ shoulders—bands like these live and die with their singers, and the bulky but baby-faced vocalist had all the right moves, from extemporaneous soul-shouts to Marvin Gaye-worthy
crooning." —Riverfront Times

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound Want More LP

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JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound describe themselves as a post-punk soul band, but their sound is so much more expansive than that. Uptown Sound is on par with soul musicians from the heyday of the genre’s popularity. They wear clean cut suits and if you didn’t know any better you’d think they were from the 1970s. – Paste Magazine

"Whether or not Brooks and company find the best way to handle life's twists and turns, their words are laced with honesty, as a burgeoning band brings a joyous song to life while singing about the everyday. It's what pop musicians have been doing for decades: singing relatable tunes for people who can hum along when they're not muttering, "Yeah, I've been there."---NPR's Song of the Day

This Chicago band’s second album is a lively set of gritty old-school soul and funk injected with some raw garage-rock aggression. An energetic blend of tight, funky rhythms, stabbing horns, keyboards and guitars accompanies frontman JC Brooks, whose impressive vocals gracefully glide between grainy shouting and smooth crooning with some spine-tingling falsetto on songs ranging from hedonistic party starters to socially conscious anthems. – Don Yates, KEXP

In his 1970 Playboy Interview, Ray Charles described soul as “people who do things from the heart.” In performance and on record, it is undeniable that JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are 100% soul.

With a sound that calls to mind the melting pot Chicago Uptown neighborhood they’re named for—a meeting of Otis Redding and the Stooges—JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound get crowds twisting and writhing on the floor, something that’s been sorely missing from live music.  On Want More, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound’s first album for Bloodshot, the charismatic Brooks erupts with raw emotion, harnessing the Uptown Sound’s post-punk reimagining of JB’s moves and MG’s grooves to unleash pure and uncompromising soul music ranging from sweaty on-the-one workouts (“I Can See Everything”), dance-punk booty shakers (the title track “Want More”), garage rock thump humps (“Baaadnews”), the wonderful re-imagining of Wilco's "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" and aching R&B ballads (“To Love Someone (Who Don’t Love You)”) without a missed step in between.

JCBUS are not just another throwback group; they came to be during an age of war, envisioning an aggressive dance music with lyrics that dig deeper and hit harder than the usual “baby, baby” fare.




2013 $12.95
2013 $11.95
2011 $9.95