The Bamboo’s Special Performance

Nine piece Soul / Funk powerhouse The Bamboos return with their first headline club show in over 18 months and their first ever livestream, for a special night to premiere their tenth studio album and to celebrate their 21st year since forming.

The announcement coincides with their first new music of 2021, an infectious cover of the Black Box 1989 Italo-House hit “Ride On Time”. More a reinvention than cover version (as the band have accomplished on numerous occasions in the past with songs by everyone from James Blake, Kings Of Leon to London Grammar) where the tight, uptempo drums lift the three piece horn section, which carries the song’s hook. Bamboos stellar vocalist Kylie Auldist does justice to Loleatta Holloway’s vocal as it was sampled in the original, in one of pop music’s most famous misquotations. The track has already built a buzz with a seven inch vinyl release selling out in a week in December, making this a certified DJ weapon, wherever the party finds itself to be right now.

“We locked ourselves up in this country house to record the new album” recalls Bamboos guitarist, leader and main songwriter Lance Ferguson.  “We were hanging out in a barn that we had designated as our late night “Rec Room”, listening to some ‘90s music as we often do, when “Ride On Time” came on. I’m pretty sure it was our bass player, Yuri Pavlinov, who mooted the idea – and then we literally ran back into the house/studio and started to work it out. It was really just some early-hours-of-the-morning fun, and now there are press releases and a video clip. Who knew!?”

Their new album will be titled Hard Up and will be released on May 7. Much of the album was recorded communally over a week just prior to the pandemic at a sprawling country house just outside the (coincidentally named) town of Lancefield, north of Melbourne. It features  Durand Jones (of current US deep soul faves Durand Jones & The Indications) plus LA based singer Joey Dosik and will include their three 2020 singles, “Hard Up”, “While You Sleep” feat. Ev Jones and “Power Without Greed”. As with all previous Bamboos albums, Hard Up was produced by Ferguson and mixed alongside John Castle (Jack River, Vance Joy, Gretta Ray, Angie McMahon).

Before that in March the band will performing ‘Symphonic Soul’ over two nights with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall. This incredible show will see their music arranged for a 50 piece orchestra, conducted by the world renowned Ben Northey and arranged by Bamboos long time trumpet player Ross Irwin.




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