|Sat 23 Jan 2016, 5:00pm|
Following the worldwide success of ‘Blackbird’ in 2013, the New Zealand based seven-piece are back with ‘BAYS’, a 9-track LP recorded at the band’s BAYS Studio in Kilbirnie, Wellington a former 1950s HMV vinyl pressing plant.
The predominantly studio written album draws on the lexicon of genres that have come to epitomize the bands’ sound. Opening with the slow burn funk of ‘Wairunga Blues’ the album journeys through a hybrid of reggae, jazz with techno rhythms underpinning Freddy’s signature horns and Joe Dukie’s soulful and introspective vocal, arriving finally on the crooked blues jam of ‘Novak’.
The album exudes the confidence of a band truly comfortable in their skin.
“It’s been a more creative process writing this album in the studio rather than recording songs which have been well road-tested”, Freddy’s vocalist Joe Dukie said.
Internationally, Fat Freddy’s Drop reputation continues to soar. Blackbird has sold over 200,000 album copies worldwide with the UK, US and Germany becoming the bands strongest markets. This success is reflected by recent live highlights including sold out gigs at London’s 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace and 3x Sydney Opera House shows.
The worldwide BAYS album tour will kick off at the sold out Auckland Town Hall show on October 24th before the band head off to Europe for November shows but are definitely back home for NZ summer to spread the Bays word. Full tour dates and tracklisting follow.
‘….. years of traipsing local and international gig circuits have cemented Fat Freddy’s repertoire as a must-see live gig……. Fat Freddy’s Drop are the epitome of old school cool and continue to embody their eclectic flavour of music, lyrics and beats’ – The Guardian (UK)
‘….a show that’s both polished and unpredictable in equal measure..... truth is they really are a band to experience firsthand, that no collection of words or recordings will ever quite be able to capture’ – Resident Advisor
‘…. Few bands have created a sound so uniquely theirs whilst keeping it so open for manoeuvre’ - BBC
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