Listening Local: Eight Feet Tall a Combo of Hip-Hop, Funk, Rock and Reggae

Boston's Eight Feet Tall will perform for a crowd that's willing to dance this Saturday, August 9, at Grumpy’s Pub in Falmouth.
ANNE COOK - Boston's Eight Feet Tall will perform for a crowd that's willing to dance this Saturday, August 9, at Grumpy’s Pub in Falmouth.

When a good horn section kicks in you feel different. A great burst of brass can send you running to the nearest set of giant stairs like Rocky Balboa. Horns make you feel like all the world is a stage and at that moment you are the star. Combine said horn section with bombastic drums and bass, shredding guitars, trippy synthesizers, soulful singing and a front man who knows how to move a crowd and it’s enough to put you over that top step, right next to the Italian Stallion.

The ensemble I just described is Eight Feet Tall, who will be bringing their epic sound to Grumpy’s Pub in Falmouth this Saturday. The band formed in 2012 and recently released their second album, The Mask. This septet combines hip-hop, funk, rock and reggae. The result is original and dance floor ready. Hailing from Boston and touring the Northeast, they make sure to come to play the Cape a few times a year. I caught up with frontman

Pete Doom and talked about what it’s like to be Eight Feet Tall.

Luke Vose: Who are some of the artists that inspire you?

Pete Doom: We have a wide range of influences. For me it’s hip-hop and reggae like Atmosphere, Eminem, Ozomatli, Damian (Marley) and Nas along with tons of local artists. For the other members of the band I’m sure there is a spectrum of influences they could list as well. At the end of the day when you get seven people in a room playing music you have to accept that despite your inspirations and influences quite a bit of that development and sound is going to come from within the group. In that sense we influence each other as well.

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LV: Describe your sound.

PD: Our sound is funky hip-hop dance party with some reggae for good measure. Make no mistake about it, we come to the party to make you dance.

LV: Tell me about a live performance you saw that had a deep impact on you.

PD: I’ll give you two. Lee Fields and the Expressionists, just because with all the DJs and electronic stuff there is out there today, it’s incredibly inspiring to see pure talent up there playing their instruments to the fullest with no tricks or gimmicks. The second one is Ozomatli, whom we had a chance to share the stage with this past May. Those guys have toured the world and done amazing things (they were recently the house band for ESPN’s Espy awards) and yet they treated us like we’re their equals, they invited us on stage for their encore. It was a giant Ozomatli/Eight Feet Tall finale. As we walked on stage they said, “it’s not Ozamatli’s stage, guys. It’s OUR stage.

Let’s do this.” That was amazing to see someone who had been doing this for 20 years but still have that much love and respect for the small guys who are just trying to make it out there.

LV: What do you like about playing on the Cape?

PD: The beauty alone would be worth the travel but the people here are true music fans. It might sound silly but few cities have true music fans willing to listen to something they don’t know. That is more important to us than anything else.

So if you are ready to dance to a new tune, come out and see Eight Feet Tall this Saturday at Grumpy’s Pub. For more information, check out facebook.com/EightFeetTall.

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