The Sensational Joint Chiefs

...burst onto the Minneapolis music scene in the mid-nineties with a unique sound and show that made them one of the most popular and influential musical groups of their time. Their striking sound and energy is a blend of many influences, including roots styles like jazz, blues, gospel, and reggae, but also contemporary stylings of funk, rock, dub, dance, and hip-hop. This five-piece of multi-instrumentalists often switch instrumentation from song to song, keeping the sound and performance fresh. With four lead-vocalist/songwriters in the group, the Chiefs developed an adventurous vocal approach with gospel-styled harmonies and arrangements that made their original songs shine. Over their 20 years of listening and playing music together, these five childhood friends have developed a strong intuitive style of improvisation that gives their performances a fiery spontaneity and rock solid grooves.

Since their first public appearance in June 1995, the Chiefs have steadily honed their sound, show, and songs to a point where they are one of the most exciting bands performing today. Their music and particularly their concerts uniquely combine the intensity of punk and gospel with a Midwestern authenticity that could only come from Minneapolis.

In June 1997, the SJCs released their debut CD, Mornin' Train, on their own Firetrunk Records label. Their second CD, Lost Stepchild, released in December 1998, is also available through Firetrunk/Groove Garden. Both albums were awarded "Best R&B Recording" for their respective years by the Minnesota Music Academy, beating out such acts as Prince, Next, and Greazy Meal. CDs can be ordered from this site via e-mail or found at many independent record stores.




Some Highlights

-Voted City Pages Top Ten Best New Bands for both 1996 & 1997.

-Winner of "Best R&B Artist/Group" at both 1998 and 1999 Minnesota Music Awards

-Debut Album, Morinin' Train -winner "Best R&B Recording" 1998 MN Music Awards

- Second Album, Lost Stepchild, -winner "Best R&B Recording" 1999 MMA Awards and City Pages Top Ten Albums 1999

-Consistent airplay on regional radio stations

- Original SJCs music used for soundtracks in 6 independent feature films

-Numerous television and radio appearances


FIRETRUNK RECORDS is an independent record label based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Founded in 1997, Firetrunk is run by independent musicians, including Lateduster, The Sensational Joint Chiefs, Sans Le Systeme, JG Everest, THE BRYAN OLSON JAZZ GROUP, DJ Celine Dijon & The Dijonettes, The Rolex Twinz, and The Viking Fog Attack. FTR also supports related groups FOG (Andrew Broder - ninja tune/ LEX) DOSH (Martin Dosh - Anticon), NEOTROPIC (Riz Maslen - MUSH), VICIOUS VICIOUS, sister label GROOVE GARDEN RECORDS, and FTR-sponsored events like the SOUNDUNSEEN FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL, CROSSFADED THURSDAYS live soundtracks series at The DINKYTOWNER CAFE, MAKING MUSIC conversations series at The University of Minnesota, and CAPTURE! dance film series at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre - all in Minneapolis. Firetrunk is also branching out into film, video and dance collaborations with DV-CINEMA, CATALYST DANCE, and videographer RANDY KRAMER, as well as providing DJs or live music for weddings and other private functions.
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