"What began as a side trip for Parliament Funkadelic's Michael Clip Payne has evolved into one of the most versatile jam bands around, a Family Stone meets The Dead vehicle that frees your mind--so that your ass, of course, can follow. Some of the finest original funk this side of Sly Stone, Larry Graham, and the Godfather of Soul. The 420 Funk Mob melds that sound with some sixties psychedelic, a bit of Sun Ra "arkestration" and even a little soft rock, performed by a revolving cast of former P-Funk members and masterful musician friends. Jam after jam, style after style they sync up. One collective under a frequently hypnotic groove" Jerry Demarco
The 420 Funk Mob is Mike Clip Payne's off days project featuring an Allstar cast of musicians from inside and outside the Parliament/Funkadelic Universe along with some of Rocks Legends, Rising Stars and even some Icons!
A 420FM concert is an event! 420FM's first show at the legendary Tramps in New York City Sold Out in Minutes. Since then the band has headlined Festivals, Clubs and Theaters across the US and Europe,developing a cult following in the P Funk Universe that has since crossed over into the Jamband scene. Some of the 420FM's LIVE highlights include:
Thier first TV appearance on Canal+ was seen in over 10 Million Households.
They have been featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart.
They were showcased at CMJ where Mike Clip Payne was a featured panelist discussing his experiences on the Road as a member of P-Funk and as band leader of the 420FM & Drugs.
Thier first European Concert appearance at the Chillen Drone Festival was simulcast on TV and Radio throught Europe on Spanish National Radio 3
They are the FIRST and ONLY unsigned band to play the Super Bowl appearing as the official ESPN/NFL Tailgate Party Band at Super Bowl 39.
Their German debut was as the sole headliner at the Audiosoul Festival which took place in the courtyard of the 1500 year old Heidelburg Schloss castle ruins
420 Funk Mob and it's label mate DRUGS were the first bands to be Broadcast Live on Sirius Satellite Radio's first day of world wide web casting.
420 Funk Mob Headlined the very First High Times Medical Marijuana Cup in America in Detroit
Bring Back the Funk Parliament Funkadelic Lives On
The Parliament/Funkadelic legacy lives on with the formation of two spin off bands 420 Funk Mob and DRUGS..........Arranged with filtered vocals, psychedelic melodies, gut-wrenching rhythms, wah-wah pedals, thick bass lines and Clips coarse dense tone, the 420 Funk Mob and DRUGS sound like a medley between some spunky Grateful Dead and a Jimi Hendrix style jam session........
University of Miami Hurricane
Paradise Found 420 Funk: Mob Alive in Spain
Led by Parliament-Funkadelic alumni Clip Payne and Garry Shider, this riotous Mob (420 Funk Mob) dips a wet finger into early '70s Funkadelic. The 'lectric Kool-Aid they offer is vividly hued, sweet, granular. This 3-CD European debut was recorded live after just three hours of rehearsal. With 20 people going at it, things can be a bit of a mush, but the weird bubbles up readily and frequently, setting them apart from today's P-Funk oldies revue. The wind falls out of a few cuts midway, but then a carnal sax or madness-flecked keyboard offers subtle variations on the theme, riding the handclap current until the songbirds and trombones soar. Bonus DVD footage from 2004 fills in the visuals, revealing a band intent on living new chapters in the George Clinton legacy. The be-dreaded one even joins them in Spain, offering his own funky anointing to the proceedings. This is solid stuff if not the full blown return to Pedro-Bell-psychedelic-glory one might want.
Dennis Cook for Jambase.com
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