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Water Seed’s Say Yeah has impressively debuted at #16 on the Billboard R&B Chart and reached another charting milestone as the album hit #25 on Billboard’s Heatseekers and #44 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Album Sales Chart. Say Yeah (released on June 22, 2018 via Water Seed Music) is the band’s second album and second to chart on Billboard.
Water Seed has brought their funk to many stages, including New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the New Orleans Essence Festival, a three-month residency in Russia, and the Apollo Theater, but it was at the legendary Blue Nile venue that the band decided to record their first live album. Located in the heart of the historic Frenchmen Street, countless funk, soul and brass shows have made their way on to the Blue Nile stage. “We recorded SAY YEAH!!! On August 19, 2017. For many reasons Blue Nile has served as our public laboratory of funk”, said Lou. “We recorded this album on the only week we were off this summer. Basically, the only week that we could have spent away from each other, we decided to record!”
The band’s last album, WE ARE STARS, hit the Billboard Top 40 and opened Water Seed up to a wider audience, with Offbeat magazine saying, “Constantly upbeat, improvisational only within a rigid groove and structure, Water Seed is a big funk party band with a purpose.” Many of the tracks on this live release are from WE ARE STARS. “For the most part, SAY YEAH!!! Is a live version of WE ARE STARS. This album is pure energy, skill and love. We wanted to remove the studio veil and present those tunes as new,” said Lou. Fan faves include “Work It Out,” a retro pop-rock song with an unstoppable beat, “Messed Up,” an unabashed apology to an ex, “Funktimus Prime”, a funk-rock showdown led by horn, bass and guitar and “Open Sesame,” a dance funk jam that is the true DNA of the Water Seed sound.
Their first single off the album “Messed Up” aptly premiered over at Billboard.com that captures the energy of the band’s dynamic live performance. Read about it at https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8459089/water-seed-live-messed-up