The group wields loose, funky jams intuitively built around an inside joke in which the punch line seems less important than having fun. “Think of it as a Dadaist musical approach,” says percussionist Mathis Hunter, who performs under the name Bimbi Smoofus. “Through the absurdity we hope to convey the sublime.”
Essentially, Noot d’ Noot is a 1990-now dance band inspired by the source material of the ’70s. “Everyone was partying in the '90s,” says keyboardist Dream Sanitation, né Rich Morris, who recalls taking a trip to the mall nearly two decades ago to purchase the “cassingle” for Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart.”
“Bootsy Collins' cameo in the video for that song was like our generation’s first exposure to Funkadelic,” Hunter recalls, “so in a way they were an important influence for us.”
“Fingers Like Steeples,” the lead track from Noot d’ Noot’s latest, self-released EP, Cash for Gold, refines the linear funk excursions of its 2008 full-length, Goofer Dust (International Hits). Bound by sharp, anthemic choruses and a heavy dose of slick, feminine wiles from dual vocalists Electro Siren and Circuit Diva, the song offers a brief reprieve from the EP’s experimental theme. A live version follows, showcasing the difference between the band’s studio sound and the wild atmosphere onstage. Musically, it illustrates how far the Noots can stretch, particularly as a songwriting unit. Though still capable of sending up spacey, improv-laden workouts ("Down the Tracks" and "Cold Duck”), the warped grooves that bind the record together show remarkable growth through the collective’s ability to harness instinct, chemistry and history.