Not to be confused with the edible orange-coloured spongy fungus that grows in abundance in the rainforest of Vancouver Island, The Chantrelles (not chanterelles) are a group of like-minded individuals with one goal in mind: to make you shake your tail-feather to their original ‘60s-style soul music.
Hailing from Victoria, these soul-revival masters do their forebears proud. The seven-piece band’s horn section fills out a groovy rhythm section loaded with brilliant pocket players while Chance Lovett’s smoky, seductive vocals entice and excite.
Currently on a Western Canadian tour, The Chantrelles stop by Lorenzo’s Café in Ashton Creek Wednesday.
Their stylish stage presence complements a tight but gritty sound that is reminiscent of Stax- and Volt-era bands.
The Chantrelles are far from a nostalgia act, however. Their original tunes are said to be so well written and soulful that they revitalize rather than just recall their influences.
With the release of their first seven-inch vinyl/digital single last summer, the band has since toured the highways and byways of their dearly beloved Canada to play for fanatic soul fans of all ages.
There’s a lot on the horizon for this promising young band.
A sold-out show at the Rifflandia Festival, glowing reviews on CBC Radio and in Discorder and Feedback magazines, and a performance at the 2013 Squamish Valley Music Festival are just some of their recent successes.
They are hard at work preparing their first full-length release and to get the word out they’ve hit the road this month to beautiful places across B.C. and Alberta.
So come get out and join ‘em for the shimmy, boogaloo and maybe even a camel walk or two.
The Chantrelles play Lorenzo’s Café, 10 kilometres east of Enderby on Mabel Lake Road, Wednesday at 8 p.m. Call the café at 250-838-6700 for reservations.