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Muscle Tough & Rob Compa Trio at Foam
After an epic night at Foam at the end of February, Muscle Tough returns to the stage in May.
Muscle Tough is Philadelphia’s premier Futuristic Funk Fusion trio. Formed in 2014 at TIME, the band has developed a sound that is a heavily improvised blend of modal jazz, funk, and psychedelia. Drawing from a widely diverse set of influences and a common love of sonic texture, their unique use of sound design and group-minded improvisation allows them to create eclectic original compositions, as well as stretch classic pop hits to new depths. In 2016 they released their first EP, “Greasin’ Up The Mediocrity Wheel”, and shared noteworthy live collaborations with members of Phish, Medeski Martin & Wood and Dopapod. The band recently released their first full length, Magical Achievements, on 12/01/2017 which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and all major streaming platforms, and can also be purchased through muscletough.bandcamp.com.
After a decade of touring all over the country with Dopapod, guitarist/vocalist Rob Compa has finally taken the plunge and put his own project together. Don’t let the singular name moniker fool you, though. Make no mistake: this trio is very much a collaboration. By enlisting the talents of bassist Pat Markley and drummer Dan Ryan, these three musicians have all thrown their distinct creative input into the collective pot, creating a polyglot sound of lyrical songwriting, well crafted instrumentals, and raw improvisation. Rob is poised to release his debut solo album “Same Damn Thing” in 2019, which features Pat Markley on bass, his Dopapod brother Eli Winderman on keys, and drummers Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz) and Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band/Soule Monde).