It’s been quite the rollercoaster ride, but the eight members of Austin’s criticallyacclaimed soul collective Mingo Fishtrap have found their sweet spot. “We’ve experienced a lot of milestones and challenges in our lives together,” says founder Roger Blevins, Jr. “It’s easy to reminisce, even about moments that have just happened, but you reach a place in your life where you finally feel comfortable that that’s where you’re supposed to be.”
Mingo’s fourth full-length record, the aptly-named On Time, blends punchy horns and gritty Memphis grooves with New Orleans funk to create sounds steeped in both modern pop and sixties soul sensibilities, that transcend both era and genre. The infectiously catchy “End of the World” gets the record off to a sizzling start with buttery vocals, dance-floor-ready drums, and plaintive refrain.
“Our first couple albums were made more traditionally, in that we went into the studio for a couple of weeks and did everything in one place, under one set of ‘rules’,” says Roger. “On Time was made more guerilla style as we’ve gotten busier with touring in the past few years. About half the songs are ones we’d been living with on the road for a while, and others we haven’t played live once since the studio.” The result is a record that feels simultaneously familiar and fresh — a sound the band also strives for in their dynamic live shows.