Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

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

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #Blues

  • reviewed 12/2007

    LAURIE MORVAN
    CURE WHAT AILS YA

  • reviewed 03/2015

    Thirsty Perch Blues Band
    Live for Today

  • reviewed 05/2015

    Sauce Boss
    100% Pure

  • reviewed 03/2009

    JOHN NEMETH
    LOVE ME TONIGHT

  • reviewed 08/2008

    MARIA MULDAUR
    YES, WE CAN

  • reviewed 02/2017

    Quinn Sullivan
    Midnight Highway

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.