The Free Nationals are best known as Anderson .Paak‘s backing band, but the funky foursome are fierce musicians in their own right. With their self-titled debut coming out next week, they reconvened with .Paak to bring their new song “Gidget” to The Tonight Show.
Fans of Anderson .Paak’s funky neo-soul will find much to love. José Rios’ choppy guitar chords sparkle and spin like a disco ball, and Kelsey Gonzalez plays a bass line that doesn’t just walk, it struts. Callum Connor keeps the drums locked in groove, but the real highlight comes from Ron Tnava Avant with a delirious vocoder solo. Check out the full performance below.
The collaboration heavy The Free Nationals arrives December 13th from OBE, LLC/EMPIRE. Previously we’ve heard “Beauty & Essex” featuring UMO and Daniel Caesar, “Time” with Mac Miller and Kali Uchis, “Eternal Light” alongside Chronixx, and “Shibuya” featuring The Internet’s Syd.