21 Jan 2019
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking
  • Articles »
  • Reviews »
  • Fat Freddy's Drop - Gig Review: Fat Freddy's Drop @ Neudorf Vineyard, Nelson - 09/01/2019

Fat Freddy's Drop - Gig Review: Fat Freddy's Drop @ Neudorf Vineyard, Nelson - 09/01/2019

10 Jan 2019 // A review by Jacquie Walters

If any band epitomises the joy of a summer evening it has to be Fat Freddy's Drop. Neudorf Vineyard near Nelson provided the perfect natural setting for the luscious, relaxed sounds of this seven-member musical institution. 

The tone was set by tour DJ Norman Jay MBE who has joined the group for its summer gigs all the way from London. He encouraged the crowd to get up and dance and reminded them of Fat Freddy's Drop's popularity in the UK and Europe. The band couldn't wish for a better warm up act or a more generous supporter of both them and their music. 

The multi-generational crowd came prepared to have a good time and was not disappointed. From the lush, ambient intro of the band's title track from their hit album Blackbird, Fat Freddy's Drop were on top form. Dallas Tamaira's vocals were smooth and seamless. Wairunga Blues led into the beautiful Flashback from the band's breakthrough debut studio album Based on a True Story. Flashback truly is a glorious song and had the crowd clapping along.

Slings and Arrows came next and was followed by new material, warmly embraced by the audience. Tamaira remarked that the crowd was singing along like they knew it already, not surprising really given how familiar and organic the band's music feels. 

Fat Freddy's Drop is a high-quality band at the top of its game. Each element was musically strong, although the brass section really is the stand out aspect of the group for me. Certainly, in terms of stagemanship the evening belonged to trombone player Joe Lindsay. Dressed entirely in figure-hugging white with glittering silver embellishments and a long flowing cape he sashayed across the stage to loud crowd approval. His total body commitment to performance is a real joy to behold.

Russia featuring MC Slave got the crowd jumping before Trickle Down brought a different lyrical edge to the proceedings. Cortina Motors had the audience responding with almost everyone up on their feet and dancing. Then it was back to Joe Lindsay for his crowd-pleasing harmonica solo, delivered in amongst the audience itself. Shiverman brought the house down to close the concert - featuring Joe Lindsay on tuba and a scorching saxophone solo from Scott Towers. 

Then, just when we were resigned to the fact that it might be all over, the band were back to deliver a terrific version of Roady as an encore. As the lyrics of the song say, "do it for the love of music". It certainly felt like Fat Freddy's Drop were doing just that from beginning to end, and the capacity crowd were with them every step of the way.

 

About Fat Freddy's Drop

Internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live draws, seven piece band Fat Freddy’s Drop released their fourth studio album Bays in 2015. Over the last three LPs the New Zealanders have navigated their way from the incubator of sunshine reggae through a colour-saturated field of soul psychedelia before swerving onto a desolate Detroit superhighway at night. It’s a sound that demands to be heard live, a potent mixture of jazz virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics.

These influences have not only been formed by the band’s individual predilections, but also experiences on the road: Fat Freddy’s appearance at Detroit’s Movement festival in 2006 was a watershed moment for the band, fuelled by hearing May’s, Atkin’s and Craig’s stark futurism ricochet off the cold concrete of America’s broken dream. This stoked producer DJ Mu’s love of analog techno, balancing and fusing vocalist Dallas Tamaira’s adoration of soul and reggae with the band’s collective passion for Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Rock, Disco, House, Post Punk and Balearic oddities.

For FFD this osmosis begins at the start of a composition. Groove after groove, horn line after horn line is laid down by the entire band in their Wellington-based studio Bays and then edited by trumpeter Toby Laing, DJ Mu and Dallas Tamaira. It’s out of these epic live recordings that they sieve the gold that lies within.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Fat Freddy's Drop

Releases

Bays
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Blackbird
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Silver and Gold 12"
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Fat Electric Drop
Year: 2012
Type: EP
Live At Roundhouse
Year: 2010
Type: Album
Dr Boondigga And The Big BW
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
The Camel EP
Year: 2008
Type: EP
Fantastic Voyages Vol. 1
Year: 2006
Type: DVD
Based On A True Story
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Live At The Matterhorn
Year: 2001
Type: EP
Buy Online @ Mightyape

Other Reviews By Jacquie Walters

Gig Review: Toto and Jefferson Starship with Dragon @ Hagley Park, Christchurch - 13/01/2019
14 Jan 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
The sound of deck chairs being put out, the rustle of picnic baskets, and the popping of corks were good signs that Christchurch was ready for a relaxing summer afternoon of music in North Hagley Park. Rain was forecast (and some did eventuate) but this didn't dampen spirits.
Read More...
Gig Review: The Frank Burkitt Band at The Boathouse, Nelson - 11/01/2019
11 Jan 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
The Boathouse welcomed The Frank Burkitt Band with a chocolate box Nelson summer’s evening, complete with a beautiful peach-toned sunset and an audience that had been enjoying an early evening meal on the deck prior to the gig. The general mood was possibly at odds with Frank Burkitt and his partner Kara Filbey’s choice of opening number, a somewhat sombre cover of a Randy Newman song about a hurricane called Louisiana 1927.
Read More...
The Jordan Luck Band - Gig Review: Jordan Luck Band @ The Playhouse, Nelson - 28/12/2018
29 Dec 2018 // by Jacquie Walters
An amiable capacity crowd gathered at The Playhouse in Mapua for a post-Christmas trip down memory lane with The Jordan Luck Band. The band delivered all that was expected and more in a tight, accomplished, and high-energy set.
Read More...
Al Fraser - Album Review: Toitu Te Puoro
18 Nov 2018 // by Jacquie Walters
Toitu Te Puoro by Al Fraser is a beautiful creation from beginning to end. It’s exquisitely presented in a well-designed CD case with accompanying booklet, which is important given the narrative it contains about Fraser’s journey with taonga puoro and its photographs and descriptions of the instruments made and played by him.
Read More...
The Flaming Mudcats - Album Review: Cut Loose
09 Nov 2018 // by Jacquie Walters
The Flaming Mudcats' Cut Loose celebrates the band's tenth anniversary in fine style. This is a solid, rocking blues album from a well-established and well-loved kiwi act.
Read More...
TUi MAMAKi - Album Review: Fly
29 Oct 2018 // by Jacquie Walters
Tui Mamaki's album Fly is an ancestral crie du coeur inspired by her time spent living in Bulgaria. Tui was born in France and raised in Aotearoa/New Zealand and there is a certain global transcendence to her music.
Read More...
Mel Parsons - Single/Video Review: I Got The Lonely
08 Oct 2018 // by Jacquie Walters
Mel Parsons has a gift for writing great hooks - and her latest single I Got The Lonely is an excellent example of that gift in action. I Got The Lonely is a well-executed, clean, and radio-friendly teaser for Parsons' full-length album due to be released later this year.
Read More...
Albi and The Wolves - Single Review: It Ain't Easy
08 Oct 2018 // by Jacquie Walters
It Ain't Easy is a 'rollicking good time' of a single from Tui Award-winning group Albi and the Wolves. Tight-as-a-drum vocal harmonies pack a punch from the very outset and the perfect pacing of this track as a whole maintains the listener's interest throughout.
Read More...
View All Articles By Jacquie Walters

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • SUNFLOWER
    Post Malone And Swae Lee
  • SWEET BUT PSYCHO
    Ava Max
  • WITHOUT ME
    Halsey
  • WOW.
    Post Malone
  • THANK U, NEXT
    Ariana Grande
  • SHOTGUN
    George Ezra
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper
  • BETTER
    Khalid
  • EASTSIDE
    benny blanco feat. Halsey And Khalid
  • SICKO MODE
    Travis Scott feat. Drake
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem