Fat Freddy’s Drop: A Live Experience

Last week I was fortunate enough to enjoy a sold out live performance by the revered Fat Freddy’s Drop. It’s a name you may have heard at some point in the last few years. If not, allow me to oblige.

Fat Freddy’s Drop are a New Zealand septet (yes – I googled that) with a musical style and range that satisfies a number of genres. Their Wikipedia page dubs them as ‘a¬†combination of dub, reggae, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, and techno’. I’m happy with that, although their sound does seem to be progressing somewhat from their earlier more distinctly reggae flavour. Regardless, it’s important to note that although you might expect such variety to come across as a lot to deal with these guys manage to get the recipe just right.

I’ll keep my review short and let you get stuck in to the music: I’m sold. Having not heard a huge amount of the band’s material pre-performance I was curious to see what was in store. I left having been dished a two hour schooling on the art of musical groove, what felt like part-jam-session-part-structured-string-of-anthems with a boundless solo dance effort by the band’s trombonist (I’m told this is a staple of their live performances).

Their current tour marks the release of a new album, Blackbird, available on iTunes and Google Play Music. It’s also worth checking out some of the material that propelled the band to success, notably the album ‘Based on a True Story’ which most fans would cite as their introductory FFD experience. The video for their single ‘Wandering Eye’ characterizes the band well:

Armed with a smartphone I managed to take 365 photos during the set, of which 6 of them turned out to be worthy of posting.

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