Funk. I can’t think of another musical genre where the name so accurately and succinctly describes what it is. You can try to use other words to describe it, but none of them really fit. When it’s done right the only word that truly encapsulates the music is “funky”. If you don’t know what that means, just listen to The Bamboos and you’ll get it.
They may come from a land down under, but The Bamboos share more in common with James Brown than AC/DC. They have all the makings of a classic funk band: a killer horn section, soulful vocals from Kylie Auldist, a rock-solid rhythm section, and scorching rhythm guitar from bandleader Lance Ferguson. Together they mix originals with homages to funk pioneers and create music that practically forces you to get up and dance.
The Bamboos formed in 2001 and are already getting ready to release their fourth album, creatively titled 4, and it shows that the band is evolving into a true tour de funk. The albums are great, but their reputation is built on a live show that feature non-stop action, with one song seamlessly blending into another, forming one long soundtrack for an endless dance party. That’s fitting because that’s what funk bands do: they make you dance.
This track sounds like something you would find tucked away in a old box of 45s, collecting dust in someone’s basement. And I mean that in the best possible way.
It’s an instrumental, but that’s ok. It just shows that sometimes words would only get in the way of the groove.
“On the Sly”
“Hot Pants Breakdown Medley”, live