Last Friday was a combination of moving and grooving down at the Indian Ocean Hotel. Celtic songwriter Fieldsy, Funk Reggae outfit Noble Kings and catchy, try to keep your feet still if you tried The Bambuseae Rhythm Section!
Stepping into the hotel I was greeted by the distinct smell of beer, the crowd cheering and over the top of it all was an elegant violin solo by Madeleine Antoine. Cutting through was Fieldsy's distinct vocals, melding amazingly and captivating the crowd. I loved the way the three piece band joked and spoke to the audience between songs, finding ways to tie stories into the audience conversation to segue into the next song. Something I wasn't expecting to see was Little Miss SqueezeBox rocking the Accordion like a lead guitarist solos with a well known guitar. With Celtic sounds flowing from the stage, these 3 powerhouses that alone are amazing but together are phenomenal. Tracks 'Me Myself and I', 'Bad Bitch' and 'Wicked Nightmare' stood out as my absolute favourites.
Having a quick set up on stage was great to see as I was eager to see what the Noble Kings could deliver. Taking a drastic turn from Celtic to Funk and Reggae, Noble Kings did an excellent job at keeping the crowd moving and dancing. With the guitar player laying down a solo with fingers as light as a ballerina's feet and smooth like a baby's bottom. To say it was relaxing but upbeat wouldn't be enough, it was more of a euphoric wave that spread like butter over hot toast. This band has amazing guitar solos as well as great stage presence but my only qualm with them would be the lack of diversity throughout the songs, and relying too heavily on the guitar and drums to carry the songs. However, the crowd didn't seem to mind as they was moved and grooved the entire set.
The Bambuseae Rhythm Section followed forth with sounds reminiscent of Jamiroquai, Santana and hints of Michael Jackson. These were beats that will be stuck in your head for days! This band has songs that are guaranteed to get you up and moving, just give it 5 to 10 seconds into the song and you'll be moving to the beat without even realising. Stepping forth from back of stage, the Trumpet player stepped to her mic raised her arms and played something that reminded me of Louie Armstrong! The transition between notes was flawless and the solo suited the song to a tee. I closed my eyes and envisioned pure bliss, like this solo was the one thing missing from my life.
That wasn't the only shining star moment with this band, I loved the inclusion of cheeky guitar riffs behind the Vocals. These accompanied them in a 'made for each other' way, instead of simply keeping a rhythm guitar behind. Light touches from the keyboard flittered along side each tune while the bass guitar riffs blended with the drums to tie it all together. The combination was perfect!
Being a band with diversity and an outstanding personality to each song really makes these guys stand out, bringing something different to the stage and the Perth music scene.