Live review: Fat Freddy's Drop, O2 Brixton, 09/11/18
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What three things do you look for in a live performance? Quality sound, good stage presence and your
favourite tunes that you can have a proper singalong to. While Fat Freddy's Drop have all of the above in abundance, their live shows also offer wild improvisation, ridiculous instrumental breakdowns, and really, really tight silver trousers. Honestly, what’s not to love?
The Kiwi seven-piece are a smorgasbord of musical, cultural and visual styles (from dub, soul, jazz and blues, to reggae) made up of a rag-tag group of expert musicians and singer-songwriters from The Black Seeds, Bongmaster, TrinityRoots, and many other bands. What struck me most about seeing a band I’ve only until now listened to via Spotify, was their effortless cool on centre stage.
Lead vocalist Dallas Tamaira - better known as Joe Dukie - had oodles of swagger and didn’t seem to even break a sweat when reaching those luscious, rolling high tones in fan-favourites ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Ernie’. Meanwhile, the brass section - donned in ever-changing headwear, hunking black sunnies and cricketer's whites - exuded cool, even in their vast, spiraling dub breakdown sections that bridged a gap between delectable jazz and psychedelic reggae.
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