Mr. Something Something represents three years of composing, performing, risk-taking, improving and ultimately mobilizing the original vision of founding members Larry Graves [drums/percussion] and John MacLean [saxophone/voice]. 20 years of playing, studying and traveling passed before these two childhood friends settled on the unbeatable dance rhythms of Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Ghana as the most natural gathering place for the elements that would ultimately make up the Mr. Something Something sound.
Breaks and basslines are designed to induce and sustain a state of ecstatic dancing. The horn section strikes with power and uplifts with melody. And above it all, acting as a lightning rod for the combined energies of a Mr. Something Something event, is the lyric statement of the case for change and consciousness. And dance.
2005 and 2006 saw the charismatic crew tour Canada from coast to coast, playing more than 200 wildly energized shows to enthusiastic crowds at clubs and festivals. Along the way they shared the stage with top Canadian artists including Sarah Harmer, Martha Wainwright, The Trews, Joel Plaskett, Justin Rutledge, Elliot Brood, Alpha YaYa Diallo, Tanya Tagaq, The Creaking Tree String Quartet, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Cuff The Duke, and The High Dials.
The band will spend the winter of 2006-07 writing and recording material for their forthcoming third album.
Johan Hultqvist vocals & shaker
John MacLean tenor sax & vocals
Liam Smith bass
Paul MacDougall guitar
Larry Graves drums & percussion