The Portland-based band Goldfoot features some faces familiar to Eugene audiences: Joe McClain, Elijah Medina and Trevor Forbess, formerly of Eugene’s funk-rock group Volifonix, who took home Eugene Weekly’s Next Big Thing crown in 2012.
Goldfoot, which also includes Ruth Heald and Anthony Messano, is celebrating the release of its inaugural three-song EP, On The Floor. Fans of Volifonix may also find Goldfoot’s sound familiar.
“Goldfoot is a funky electric soul band that exemplifies the power of groove,” says Messano, drummer for the band. Like Volifonix, Goldfoot recalls Red Hot Chili Peppers’ funky yet melodic side.
“We use elements from many different styles of music,” guitarist Joe McClain adds, “and we mix them with our own signature vibes to deliver something unique and unexpected.”
“When we take the stage,” McClain continues, “our immediate mission is to make the entire crowd dance uncontrollably by delivering booty-shaking jams and powerful rhythmic grooves.”
“The three songs on the EP sail you along waves of groove by hooking you from the start,” Messano says. “The On the Floor EP was recorded with a whole lot of love,” McClain explains. “If you listen closely you can hear it.”
“Eugene is the musical birthplace for many of the members in Goldfoot,” McClain notes. “It will always be a place of comfort to perform and spend time,” he says, then warning: “Sam Bond’s needs to start getting mentally prepared for our EP release show on April 3.”
Eugene’s old time and breakbeat blues outfit Dirty Spoon joins Goldfoot 9:30 pm Friday, April 3, at Sam Bond’s Garage; $6. 21-plus. — William Kennedy