Bournemouth-based Chris Pedley met up with Brothers Dan and Rich at a dodgy function gig around six years ago. The trio then went on to write and perform their unique style of dirty funk. The band released three 7-inch singles and their first album, 'Ten Paces' on Bournemouth label, Arse Records, before being taken on by independent label, Peddler Records in 2004. They have since toured Japan twice, have released two 7-inch singles, the second featuring the voice of London Nu-Jazz/Broken Beat sensation, Vanessa Freeman (Reel People/Kyoto Jazz Massive). Their second album, 'In With The Out-Crowd', was recorded live at The Camden Jazz Cafe, London. Peddler Records have also released two 12-inch remix records of The Baker Brothers' music, featuring mixes from Quantic Soul Orchestra, Nostalgia 77, Domu, Break Reform, Trevor Loveys, Jon Kennedy and Dr Rubberfunk.
The Baker Brothers have been chipping away at this album for the past two years, trying to carve a new sound for themselves, partly through the beautiful vocals of Vanessa Freeman, as well as through collaborative work with individual brass-players.
'We were originally well into our gritty funk instrumentals, however, beating our instruments to death wasn't proving musically satisfying. We believe that if you're not moving forwards, you just slide backwards. We didn't collectively make an active decision to change direction, but over this past year our sound has evolved organically into something a lot more soulful and song-based. A heavy-funk band coming of age! Recent collaborations with vocalists and horn players have helped us forge a more refined sound. We've kept the sound tough, but put a lot more thought into the writing and the performance...soul power!!!'
Together and separately, The Baker Brothers have built up a soul-based set of tunes that, whilst staying true to their dirty roots, also shows that these boys want to grow and grow.