Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast, Ep. 64: Skunk Funk

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast, Ep. 64: Skunk Funk

Skunk Funk frontman and bassist Bobby “Bobo the Sequel” Roses joins hosts Skunk Manhattan and Victor Ramos in this new episode of Eclectic Soundtrax! Based out of Vallejo, California, Skunk Funk offers a twist on the typical “west coast” reggae rock sound, with a growing funky vibe. The band’s main priority — providing an off-the-wall, animated experience to all audiences. Blending punk, funk and some good ol’ fashioned ska, the last description they could get is one of degradation and lameness. 

Skunk Funk comes from an array of influences across all genres, emphasized most in their energetic live shows.

You might’ve caught one at iconic venues in their home of the Bay Area or around the west coast. They’ve also performed at countless festivals, such as Napa Valley’s Bottlerock, Chalice Festival, Hemp Con or Heart and Soulstice Festival… to name a few. They’ve further shared the stage with heavyweight names, such acts as The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Primus, Violent Femmes, Joan Jett, Cake, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Train, Michael Franti, Bad Religion, The Black Crowes, The Flaming Lips,  Mystic Roots, Paul Wall — the list goes on and on!

Recently, Skunk Funk has just released an independent EP, Too Fresh to Function, as well as a full-length LP titled Possession 4 Sale. This follows 2018’s Cirque Du Skank EP, which coincided with a music video and a new full-length album release, Skunk Soup, in late January 2021. The band is now planning on getting back into the recording studio while performing live through 2022, (when it’s more safe to do so, of course). Bobby, being humble and easygoing, was a great choice for Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast to pick to wrap up 2021. In this episode, gain some insight into this rising reggae-punk fusion band, as well as their influences, what gigs they have coming up (and when they’ll finally be back), what recording plans they have (and how they are thinking of doing it remote, with the rise of COVID variants), what cuisine he prefers, what he called “the Bermuda triangle of shitty bands” and something he claims to be “boy island”?? Enjoy via the link above!

Skunk Funk links: Facebook | Instagram | Website | YouTube | Spotify

About the podcasters

Skunk Manhattan: 

Skunk is a musician, primarily known as the frontman and guitarist for eclectic heavy-rock band A Good Rogering. Since moving to Austin in 2004, he has recorded and performed with a wide variety of bands and solo artists over a career spanning more than 20 years and has shared the stage with notable acts, such as Skid Row, Marty Friedman, Uli Jon Roth, George Lynch and Metal Church among others. Skunk not only works as a performing musician and recording artist, but also as a producer and music teacher. With two decades of insight into what it means to be a professional musician and a passion for not only music, but comedy and general chatter, Skunk was quick to jump at the opportunity to co-host a podcast with longtime friend, Victor Ramos. 

Victor Ramos: 

A Texas native, Victor’s early musical influences are a mixture of classic rock albums played by his Vietnam vet father and a whole lot of ‘the Fab Four’ via his Beatles-loving mother. Sprinkle in some classic country and Motown, and you have a man that would say “¿que?” when other Tejanos would ask what his favorite cumbia was. After a stint in the Marines, Victor moved to Austin in 2000 and began working in the tech industry. He met Skunk in a Spanish class in 2005 and the two discovered a shared passion for not only beer, but music. After years of collectively attending concerts and talking music, the idea to start a podcast centering around such topics seemed like a logical endeavor. 

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