The Diplomats of solid sound


The Diplomats of Solid Sound are a funk and soul group from Iowa City, IA that perform with a modern garage band twist. Since the release of their first 7-inch single, “Bullfrog Boogaloo” in 2001, The Diplomats have been mining America’s vast deposits of soul music to create a sound all their own — a spare but-spicy groove sired equally by progenitors such as Booker T., James Brown and The Funk Brothers.

With each release The Diplomats Of Solid Sound grew in sophistication and depth as they ingested the sounds of 60s soul, R&B and deep funk. Their albums captured the band in its natural habitat, a dimly lit bar where people appreciate a good smoke, a vodka gimlet and a funky little combo that knows how to get the cats and kittens out of their seats and onto the dancefloor. The sound got the boys a gig backing R&B legend Andre Williams, with whom they cut “Aphrodisiac”, released in 2006 on both Pravda Records and the Spanish Vampisoul label .

The band has shared stages with Sharon Jones, Robert Walter, Wilco, The New Mastersounds and The James Taylor Quartet and toured in Italy, France, and Spain. DOSS tracks have been played on The John Peel Show and The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show on BBC, and have served as soundtrack music for many television programs, including “Reaper” (WB Network), “Breaking Bonaduce” (VH1), “Made” (MTV), “My Super Sweet 16” (MTV), “The Osbournes” (MTV), “Parental Control” (MTV), “Punk’D” (MTV), “Room Raiders” (MTV), “Cathouse” (HBO), and “Sons Of Hollywood” (A&E).