Deal’s Gone Bad
Far From Home EP
“Far From Home,” the first original song from Chicago ska septet Deal’s Gone Bad in four years, dials into the Stax Records sound with its brassy horn arrangements, wailing keys and thumping bass line. Vocalist Todd Hembrook sings to the feeling of a greater calling away from his hometown, even when his greatest supporters are all around him. On the B side, the band pay homage to one of their greatest influences, Otis Redding. This take on “These Arms Of Mine” puts the band’s signature reggae spin on the timeless soulful ballad. Adding swift guitar upstrokes along with a few improvised horn and keys solos to accompany Hembrook’s crooning makes this reinterpretation a unique tribute to a legendary artist.