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THE BAMBOOS

Fever In The Road

2014-04-27

The Bamboos are a nine-piece soul/funk band from Melbourne, Australia, fronted by Lance Ferguson. The group formed in 2000 in Melbourne with a four-piece band for live performances. Their first singles were released in 2001, but it was not until 2006 that their debut, 11-track album, Set It Up, was released. Since, The Bamboos have gained members and released four other studio albums, including 2012 acclaimed Medicine ManFever In The Road will be released May 15, 2014 in the US and features old and new members, including Lance Ferguson (guitar, keyboards, bass, organ), Ella Thompson (vocals), Graeme Pogson (drums, percussion), Yuri Pavlinov (bass), Simon Mavin (organ, piano), John Castle (guitar, keyboards, bass, piano, percussion), Kylie Auldist (vocals), Ross Irwin (trumpet, flugelhorn), Anton Delecca (tenor saxophone), Phillip Noy (baritone saxophone), Aaron Barnden (violin), and Charlotte Jacke (cello). The album opens with the first single "Avenger," with Ella Thompson's vocals grooving over Ferguson's guitar and Pogson's steady rhythms. "Helpless Blues" features Thompson's seductive vocals and Pavlinov's quick bass lines. Kyle Auldists vocals take the lead on "Rats," featuring cowbell and sleigh bells from the multitalented Castle. Critics, including Rolling Stone, believe the evolving sound of Soul is embodied in The Bamboos.
Richard Martin

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