79.5 Band Brooklyn New York

Photo: Rosie Cohe

79.5 drips silky, raw-honeyed R&B emotion and radiates luxurious triple-female vocal harmonies. Their voices erupt into soulful solos riding over the sonic fabric of slick, heavy-hitting beats & bass silhouetted by organ, percussive funk guitar, and lavish tenor sax & flute. 79.5 blends future sounds and tones with elements of 90s R&B, psych rock, and soul, creating a sound entirely their own.

Since 2012, 79.5 has been heavily active in the NYC indie, soul, R&B & hip-hop scenes with creator/core songwriter Kate Mattison at the helm. The songwriting channels deeply spirited emotions wrapped in deliciously sample-able grooves.

In December 2012, 79.5 self-released a 12” vinyl single of the songs “Boogie” b/w “OOO” produced by Andrew Fox (Visuals, Other People). Originally a limited pressing, it was well-received by Andrew Jervis of Ubiquity Records/chief curator at Bandcamp who chimed, “Like a female counterpart to The Stepkids, this Brooklyn-based act stacks walls of harmonies on top of funky psychedelics.” The track “OOO” was then shipped off to Shawn Lee of UK’s “Radio Ping Pong” fame, resulting in considerable international airplay on his renowned radio show leading to 79.5 opening for AM & Shawn Lee on tour the following year.

In the late winter of 2015, 79.5 expanded their line-up with the addition of five new members creating a new sound drawing from the spheres of R&B, Jazz, Soul, Psychedelia & New Jack Swing. Mattison joined forces with Piya Malik (178 Product) & Nya Parker Brown (Parker Brown) on vocals, Matty McDermott (NYMPH) on guitar, Izaak Mills (Clinton Fearon, Daed Haut) on tenor saxophone/flute, outstanding newcomer Adrienne Hailey on bass, and Dru.M on drums (M.A.Y.O.R., Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)

In early May 2015, the newest incarnation of 79.5 played a sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right with hip-hop mainstays Edan and Paten Locke & internationally known DJs Chances with Wolves. This new, energized sound of 79.5 prompted three monthly sold-out late night performances during the summer of 2015 on the Clipper City, a tall-sail cruise ship & New York harbor entertainment staple. The Clipper City sailed at midnight around the NYC harbor in June, July, and August while 79.5 wowed the packed crowds.

With such a talented & accomplished roster of musicians now absorbed into 79.5, the band has collectively shared stages and/or recorded with Sean Lennon/GHOSTT, Akon, Elysian Fields, JG Thirlwell, Joe Bataan, Deerhoof, Kid Sister, Blitz the Ambassador, Neneh Cherry, Chucky Thompson, Diplo, Javelin, Freeway, Lil Louie, Barbara Tucker & Thurston Moore, to name a few.