Ain't no shame in playing cover songs — the crowds want to hear the hits — but most musicians hope to create something to call their own. So it is that the much-loved seven-piece soul cover band the Good Foot releases its first original recording this week. "Bad Way" is one-half of a split 7-inch with Hearts of Darkness. And it's a totally droned-out sludgecore dirge. Juuuuuust kidding. The song (written by guitarist Tim Braun) sounds like a classic Motown cut, all brassy and upbeat, driven by singer Julia Haile's powerful voice.
"When you're doing covers, all the thoughts are there for you already, and when you do them for so long, you tend to mimic the emotions of the original singer," Haile says. "With original stuff, we can put our own emotions into it. We're starting from scratch and trying to build our own feeling: What does the Good Foot have to say? What do we want to talk about? It's been really fun."
The single officially sees the light of day Saturday, February 18, at Carnivale du Soul, an all-ages, Mardi Gras-themed party at 8 p.m. at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665). Also on hand are Voler Aerial Fabrics; DJs Fat Sal, Superwolf and Joc Max; and Hearts of Darkness. ("It's always been a good match when we've played with Hearts of Darkness," Haile says.) Cost is $15 in advance or $20 day of show. Funk, soul, purples, yellows, greens, and whatever it is that they put into hurricane drinks will spill out onto Broadway. Not an evening to be missed.