Wade Love Band honeys the R&B.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Back in high school, Wade Love used his velvety voice to try and seduce girls. He would call up his female classmates and sing a song he wrote titled “Time It Moves So Fast” over the phone. And, he had a doo-wop group called Clockwise that serenaded the pretty schoolgirls in the courtyard with songs like Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time.”
Years later, the Oakland-based musician is still a crooner. New tracks from his upcoming as-yet-untitled CD like “Pissed Off” and “Haters” pour his honeyed R&B vocals over snapping computerized drumbeats.
Before breaking ground on the new CD, Love released his debut album titled Feelin’ Real Good back in 2004. The CD included tracks like the syrupy R&B pop title track and “Wade Love on Ya Stereo,” which is an a capella song with numerous Love vocals.
After putting Feelin’ Real Good out, Love, who considers himself foremost a writer and a producer, decided to put together a band to do his material live. He says he chose musicians for the band, including guitarist Ken House, who plays in the Afrobeat band Sila and the Afrofunk Experience, because they reacted favorably to his music.
Since getting together, the Wade Love Band has performed at many Bay Area venues and festivals. In addition to Wade’s originals, the group does numbers like Sly & the Family Stone’s “If You Want Me to Stay,” and R. Kelly’s “Step in the Name of Love.” “Every cover we play is our own flavor,” Love says. “We put our souls into it.”
The Wade Love Band play 9pm Saturday, Oct. 6, at Sly McFly’s, 700 A Cannery Row, Monterey. 649-8050.