Tower of Power Celebrate 50 Years with “Soul Side of Town”
Who knew you could be so funky for so long? Tower of Power is celebrating 50 years of making music in 2018 with a new album called Soul Side of Town. While the band’s lineup has changed up through the years, the album includes original saxophonists Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka as well as the epic rhythm section of drummer David Garibaldi and bassist Francis “Rocco” Prestia.
“No matter what we do, we keep sounding like Tower of Power — it’s a curse,” band leader Castillo jokes to Billboard. “It’s soul music, but it’s an original style of soul music. We have our own particular signature. We mess with the rhythms a lot and create this rhythm section fabric that’s very unique compared to other artists. And then we always have a real premier lead singer and some unique songwriting, great background vocals, some pretty decent production — that’s what makes Tower of Power.”
Prestia’s signature sound is intact as he propels the groove on the album. Check out “On the Soul Side of Town”:
Soul Side of Town Track List:
- East Bay! All Day!
- Hangin’ With My Baby
- Do You Like That?
- On the Soul Side of Town
- Do It with Soul
- Love Must Be Patient and Kind
- Butter Fried
- Let It Go
- When Love Takes Control
- After Hours
- Can’t Stop Thinking About You
- East Bay! Oakland Style!