It is true that music is universal and you can find good music in every corner and country of the globe. \u00a0Montreal, Canada band The Brooks is bringing that vintage funk from North of the border. When think about music coming out of Canada the first city that pops up in most people's mind is Toronto. \u00a0Montreal has been a major player in the rise and popularity in funk and soul music genre. \u00a0The Festival International de Jazz de Montr\u00e9al has welcomed a host of household names in R&B, soul and funk over the years, none bigger than two Legends of the Festival: The great pianist and singer Ray Charles made six Festival appearances and also had the distinction of giving the first concert in Festival history on Julyi 2, 1980. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, The 8 piece collective band The Brooks specialize in authentic, vintage funk and soul music with live instrumentation. \u00a0The band includes\u00a0Maxime Bellavance \u2013 Drums, Alexandre Lapointe \u2013 Bass, Philippe Look \u2013 Guitars & Vocals, Marc Bell \u2013 Percussion & Vocals, Alan \u2018Funt\u2019 Prater \u2013 Vocals & Trombone, Dan Thouin \u2013 Keyboards & Synths, Sebastien Grenier \u2013 Saxophones, and Hichem Khalfa \u2013 Trumpet. The Brooks just released their album Pain & Bliss a few weeks ago. \u00a0All songs written, arranged and performed live by The Brooks and recorded live at\u00a0Troublemakers studios, in Montreal Qc, during several late night studio jam session. This 11 song album hits hard. \u00a0You can hear the Jame Brown, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder influences in their music. \u00a0My personal favorite track is "Pain & Bliss" . \u00a0The vocals are so raw and moving, it speaks to you. \u00a0Picking a favorite song was very tough because all of the tracks are good. The content of the lyrics describe everyday life of trying to make it in the world, love and just funk. Be sure to support The Brooks as they signed to the independent label\u00a0Troublemakers Inc. \u00a0To purchase the album visit iTunes. Listen to the album "Pain & Bliss" below and lets get Funked up!