For A Ferocious Jungle Cat, the preferred genre nomenclature is “Nebraskan Thunderfunk." Sometimes it rumbles in the distance, and sometimes it rattles the walls, but it will always be polite. The band won the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best New Artist in 2017.
Gramps the Vamp rose from a sweat-drenched Halloween house party debut in 2011. The band has become known for it’s “tight-as-a-rope funk” [My Spilt Milk] as for its dedication to break the funk mold and carve out its own genre. In 2014, a year after being named Best New Band by Chicago Reader on the merits of its demos and live shows, Gramps The Vamp released its self titled debut LP produced by Sergio Rios (Orgone, Killion Sound). The album’s vintage-noir style, which the band half-jokingly calls “Doom Funk,” drew the interest of filmmaker Alaric S. Rocha, who used over half of the songs as the soundtrack for his 70s inspired horror film “Demonoid (1971).” In 2016 the band released its sophomore effort, “The Cave of 10,000 Eyes”, which brings together afrobeat, deep funk, ethio-jazz, and spooky soul for a further exploration into the dark, wild, and strange side of the funk.