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The Bamboos (funk band)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Bamboos
OriginMelbourne, Australia
Genres
Years active2000–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitethebamboos.com
Members
  • Lance Ferguson
  • Graeme Pogson
  • Yuri Pavlinov
  • Anton Delecca
  • Ross Irwin
  • Phil Noy
  • Kylie Auldist
  • Daniel Mougerman
Past members
  • Stuart Speed
  • Scott Lambie
  • Jamie Jones
  • Ella Thompson
  • Simon Mavin

The Bamboos are an Australian funk and soul band from Melbourne.

Biography

2000-2005: Formation and early releases

The Bamboos were formed in 2000[1] in Melbourne, Australia by New Zealand-born producer/guitarist/songwriter, Lance Ferguson. The initial line-up consisted of Ferguson, Ben Grayson on Hammond organ, Stuart Speed on bass and Scott Lambie on drums. The band's first live performances were at The Night Cat in Fitzroy, Victoria, where over an evening they would play three sets of instrumental material drawn from artists such as The Meters, James Brown, Grant Green, Ivan 'Boogaloo Joe' Jones and Reuben Wilson.[citation needed]

In 2001 The Bamboos released their debut 7" single containing the original songs "Eel Oil" and "Blackfoot", earning them international acclaim from UK Deep Funk DJs Keb Darge, Snowboy, Mr Scruff, Patrick Forge and Russ Dewbury.[citation needed]

The Bamboos second release was a remix for a side project of UK artist, Quantic called "The Limp Twins". It was released as a 7" B-side on the Brighton-based UK label Tru Thoughts in 2003. By this point, Scott Lambie and Stuart Speed had left the band to be replaced by drummer Jamie Jones and current bassist Yuri Pavlinov. A horn section consisting of Ross Irwin (The Cat Empire) on Trumpet and Bruce Sandell on Tenor Sax & Flute expanded the line up to a six-piece.

In 2004, The Bamboos released the single, "Tighten Up"/"Voodoo Doll". Both Jamie Jones and Bruce Sandell left the band in 2004 to be replaced by Daniel Farrugia and Tenor Saxophonist Anton Delecca.[citation needed]

A chance meeting between Lance Ferguson and Rob Luis in a Brighton club (where Ferguson was able to hand Luis a demo of new material) led to The Bamboos being signed to the Tru Thoughts label full-time in 2005.[citation needed]

2006-2009: Step It Up, Rawville & Side-Stepper

Kylie Auldist performing with The Bamboos at Manning Bar, Sydney, Australia
Kylie Auldist performing with The Bamboos at Manning Bar, Sydney, Australia

The Bamboos debut studio album, Step It Up, was released by Tru Thoughts in 2006. The 11-track album included 9 instrumentals and two vocal tracks featuring U.K Soul artist Alice Russell.Step it Up received positive reviews within the Funk/Soul scene and enabled the band to embark upon their first Australian, U.K and European tour that year.[citation needed]

The Bamboos live show had evolved by this time into a non-stop "live mix"-style set where each song segued into the next. It was a format influenced by artists such as James Brown and Breakestra.[citation needed] The album title track "Step It Up" gained visibility with its use in high-rating U.S TV shows Greys Anatomy and Ugly Betty.[citation needed] Melbourne vocalist Kylie Auldist officially joined the band full-time in 2006 debuting on stage at Meredith Music Festival.[citation needed]

In 2007, The Bamboos released their second studio album Rawville, which marked a stylistic move towards more vocal-based material and featured vocalists Kylie Auldist, Tyra Hammond, Fallon Williams and Ohmega Watts. Rawville was described by UK-based IDJ Magazine as "arguably the best funk album of the modern era".[citation needed] The band embarked on another tour that encompassed Australia and Europe.

In 2008, The Bamboos released their third studio album, Side-Stepper. The album included contributions from guest vocalists Megan Washington, Paul Macinnes and TY. Side-Stepper featured the singles "King of the Rodeo" and "I Can't Help Myself", which was nominated in the "Blues & Roots Work of the Year "category in the APRA Music Awards of 2010. Original band member keyboardist Ben Grayson left the band at this point and was replaced by Dustin Mclean.

Later in 2008, The Bamboos released a live album, Listen! Hear! The Bamboos Live!, compiled from shows during a week-long residency supporting The Cat Empire at The Metro Theatre in Sydney.[citation needed]

2010-2014: 4, Medicine Man & Fever in the Road

In 2010, The Bamboos released their fourth studio album, 4. Kano Hollamby produced the album cover artwork which depicts the band looking out of framed boxes, and two video clips were produced for the album's opening singles. UK's Blues & Soul Magazine called it "Simply Stunning" and "an Instant Classic".[citation needed] Once again, the band supported the album with an Australian and European tour. The song "On the Sly" was later used in a scene of the hit U.S movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. "You Ain't No Good" featured on the U.S TV show Hellcats.[citation needed]

In 2012, The Bamboos released their fifth studio album, Medicine Man. The album consisted of 12 vocal tracks, featuring Kylie Auldist and guests including Aloe Blacc, Daniel Merriweather, Tim Rogers, Megan Washington, Bobby Flynn and Ella Thompson (the latter who would join the band as a full-time member in the same year). Current drummer Graeme Pogson replaced Daniel Farrugia in 2011. Medicine Man peaked at number 28 on the ARIA Charts. The album's lead single "I Got Burned" was the band's most commercially successful single to date, gaining crossover success with airplay on commercial stations such as Triple M and Nova and featured in the opening scene of successful Australian TV show House Husbands. The song would later rank at No. 54 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2012. Medicine Man would go on to receive three ARIA Music Awards nominations at the ARIA Music Awards of 2012. They recorded a cover version of the Rolling Stones' "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" for Mojo Magazine (U.K) and released the free four-track EP Live at the Metro through their Facebook page in November 2012.[2]

In late 2012, Ferguson rented a studio in the inner Western Melbourne suburb of Yarraville, where he co-wrote a new record with Thompson and Auldist. The album was co-produced with longtime Bamboos studio and live engineer John Castle, and had a dense, layered and 'darker' sound. Ferguson cited influences including the music of Stereolab, Beck and Tame Impala. Keyboardist Simon Mavin performed on the album, but would leave the band shortly after due to the burgeoning success of his group Hiatus Kaiyote. Luke Saunders joined on keyboards in mid-2013.[citation needed]

In November 2013, The Bamboos released their sixth studio album, Fever in the Road on Lance Ferguson's own label Pacific Theatre. The album peaked at number 41 on the ARIA Charts. Upon released, Ferguson stated in the press "The last record was so guest heavy that I felt compelled to make a record like this...I'm certainly not ruling out collaborating with other people in the future, but I just felt that the right thing to do now was to make the musical statement that this is the sound of The Bamboos."[citation needed][1]

Between recording Fever in the Road and its release, the band embarked upon a national Australian tour with vocalist Tim Rogers called The Rock 'n Soul Medicine Show. The tour capitalised upon the success of the "I Got Burned" single and also included re-arrangements of some You Am I (Rogers' band) songs alongside several new originals penned by Ferguson and Rogers. The two would continue their musical partnership in 2013 working on the Foxtel Studio Channel TV show Studio at the Memo, a music-oriented variety show with Rogers hosting and Ferguson acting as Musical Director.[citation needed]

In mid-2014, Ella Thompson left the band to pursue her solo career and other projects. "Avenger" was nominated at the APRA Music Awards of 2014 in the Blues & Roots Work of the Year category. Fever in the Road was nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album at the ARIA Music Awards of 2014.

2015-2016: The Rules of Attraction & The Best of the Tru Thoughts Years

A full collaborative album with Tim Rogers entitled The Rules of Attraction was released on Atlantic Records on 22 May 2015. Recorded at both at The Shed Studios and Lance Ferguson's home studio, the album featured twelve songs co-written by Rogers and Ferguson.[citation needed] The album peaked at number 26 on the ARIA Charts. The album received 4-star reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.[citation needed]

The Bamboos followed on from an Australian national tour in June with performances as house band on the ABC TV 'Saturday Night Crack Up TV Special hosted by Eddie Perfect, and the AFL Grand Final Eve Special Broadcast for Triple M.[citation needed] Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the band, an official birthday show happened on 18 September 2015 to coincide with The Northcote Social Club's 10th anniversary. Guests on stage on the night included Remi, Bobby Flynn and previous Bamboos drummer Daniel Farrugia.[citation needed]

In November 2015, a compilation album The Best of the Tru Thoughts Years was released to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the band. "Easy was nominated for Blues & Roots Work of the Year category at the APRA Music Awards of 2016.

2017-2019: Night Time People & By Special Arrangement

In 2017, Lance Ferguson released his debut solo album Raw Material, while several line-up changes occurred to the band, with tenor saxophonist Damon Grant joining after Anton Delecca moved to New York. Keyboardist Luke Saunders also left and was replaced by Daniel Mougerman. Percussionist Phil Binotto joined in 2017 to expand the group to a 9-piece lineup.[citation needed]

In November 2017, the band released a cover version of The Easybeats hit "I'll Make You Happy", featuring vocalist Montaigne, as part of various artists' Easybeats tribute Rebeat.[3]

On 20 February 2018, The Bamboos released their first new original music in nearly three years with the single "Lit Up", which was accompanied by a video clip directed by Chris Nelius. The band secured the opening support slot for Robbie Williams' Heavy Entertainment Show Australian Tour, performing to their largest audiences ever in arena concerts in the countries capital cities.[citation needed] On 6 July 2018, The Bamboos released their eighth studio album Night Time People, which received a 5-star reviews from U.K's Daily Mirror and Blues & Soul Magazine. The Age called it "instantly addictive" and Rolling Stone Magazine proclaimed its "undeniable Soul charms".[citation needed]

The Bamboos spent the beginning of 2019 in the studio recording their 9th studio album. The first single from the new album was an orchestral ballad take on the song "I Never" featuring Dan Sultan on vocals (originally performed by Daniel Merriweather on the Medicine Man album). It was premiered on Double J. The next singles "Stop" and "I Got Burned" were accompanied by live performance video clips filmed in a church hall in Carlton. By Special Arrangement was released on 2 August 2019 and featured eight newly recorded version of The Bamboos songs. Beat Magazine in their review of the show proclaimed that "The Bamboos are quickly becoming national treasures of the Australian music industry".

2020:

On 29 May 2020, The Bamboos releases "Hard Up", the lead single from their forthcoming album.[4]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with Australian chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[5]
Step It Up
  • Released: March 2006[6]
  • Label: Tru Thoughts (TRUCD092)
  • Formats: CD, LP, download
-
Rawville
  • Released: May 2007[7]
  • Label: Tru Thoughts (TRUCD125)
  • Formats: CD, LP, download
-
Side-Stepper
  • Released: October 2008[8]
  • Label: Tru Thoughts (TRUCD178)
  • Formats: CD, LP, download
-
4
  • Released: March 2010[9]
  • Label: Tru Thoughts (TRUCD210)
  • Formats: CD, LP, download
-
Medicine Man
  • Released: 4 June 2012[10]
  • Label: Tru Thoughts (TRUCD251)
  • Formats: CD, LP, download
28
Fever in the Road
  • Released: 8 November 2013[11]
  • Label: Pacific Theatre, Inertia (PT001CD)
  • Formats: CD, wxLP, download
80[12]
The Rules of Attraction
(with Tim Rogers)
  • Released: 22 May 2015[13]
  • Label: Atlantic (5419661771)
  • Formats: CD, 2xLP, download
26
Night Time People
  • Released: 6 July 2018[14]
  • Label: Pacific Theatre, Inertia (PT005CD)
  • Formats: CD, 2xLP, download, streaming
-
By Special Arrangement
  • Released: 2 August 2019[15]
  • Label: Pacific Theatre, Inertia (PT007CD)
  • Formats: CD, 2xLP, download, streaming
-

Live albums

List of live albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Live at No Standing
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Bamboo Shack (BR 003)
  • Formats: cassette
  • Recorded live at Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne in 2006
Listen Hear Live
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Tru Thoughts (TRUCD155)
  • Formats: CD, download
Live at the Metro
  • Released: 2012[16]
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • Formats: download

Compilation albums

List of compilation albums, with selected details
Title Album details
The Best of the Tru Thoughts Years
  • Released: 27 November 2015[17]
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • Formats: download, streaming

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[18]
"Eel Oil"/"Blackfoot" 2001 - non album single
"Tighten Up"/"Voodoo Doll" 2003 - non album single
"Step It Up"[19] 2006 - "Step It Up
"Happy"/"Pussy-Footin'"[20] - Rawville
"Get in the Scene" (featuring Ohmega Watts)[21] 2007 -
"Bring it Home" (featuring Alice Russell)[22] -
"I Don't Wanna Stop"[23] 2008 -
"Amen Brother"[24] - Side Stepper
"King of the Rodeo" (featuring Megan Washington)[25] 2009 -
"Turn It Up" (featuring Lyrics Born)[26] - 4
"On the Sly" (featuring Kylie Auldist)[27] 2010 -
"You Ain't No Good"[28] -
"I Get Burned" (featuring Tim Rogers)[29] 2012 92 Medicine Man
"Where Does the Time Go?" (featuring Aloe Blacc)[30] -
"I Never" (featuring Daniel Merriweather)[31] -
"Midnight" (featuring Bobby Flynn)[32] -
"Avenger"[33] 2013 - Fever in the Road
"Rats"[citation needed] 2014 -
"Easy"[34] 2015 - The Rules Of Attraction
"I'll Make You Happy" (featuring Montaigne)[35] 2017 - Rebeat[36]
"Lit Up"[37] 2018 - Night Time People
"Broken"[38] -
"Golden Ticket"[citation needed] -
"I Never" (Strings version) (featuring Dan Sultan)[39] 2019 - By Special Arrangement
"Strong" (Strings version)[40] -
"Hard Up"[41] 2020 - TBA
"While You Sleep" (featuring Ev Jones)[42] -

Awards and nominations

APRA Awards

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
APRA Music Awards of 2010 "I Can't Help Myself" Blues & Roots Work of the Year Nominated
APRA Music Awards of 2014 "Avenger" Blues & Roots Work of the Year Nominated
APRA Music Awards of 2016 "Easy" Blues & Roots Work of the Year Nominated

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards are a series of annual ceremonies presented by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) since 1987. The Bamboos have been nominated for five trophies.[43]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Lost to
2012 The Bamboos – Medicine Man Tour Best Australian Live Act Nominated Gotye - Making Mirrors Album Tour
Medicine Man Best Independent Release Nominated The Jezabels - Prisoner
Best Urban Album Nominated Hilltop Hoods - Drinking From The Sun
2014 Fever in the Road Best Blues & Roots Album Nominated John Butler Trio - Flesh & Blood
2015 The Rules of Attraction (with Tim Rogers) Best Blues & Roots Album Nominated C.W.Stoneking - Gon' Boogaloo

EG Awards/Music Victoria Awards

The Music Victoria Awards (previously known as The Age EG Awards and The Age Music Victoria Awards) are an annual awards night celebrating Victorian music.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
EG Awards of 2012 "I Got Burned" (featuring Tim Rogers) Best Song Nominated
Music Victoria Awards of 2014 Fever in the Road Best Soul, Funk, R'n'B and Gospel Album Nominated
Music Victoria Awards of 2015 The Bamboos Best Live Act Nominated
Music Victoria Awards of 2018 Night Time People Best Soul, Funk, R'n'B and Gospel Album Nominated

National Live Music Awards

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
National Live Music Awards of 2018[44][45] The Bamboos Live R&B or Soul Act of the Year Nominated

Members

  • Lance Ferguson (Guitar; 2000–present)
  • Kylie Auldist (Vocals; 2006–present)
  • Graeme Pogson (Drums; 2011–present)
  • Yuri Pavlinov (Bass; 2002–present)
  • Ross Irwin (Trumpet/Tambourine; 2003–present)
  • Phil Noy (Baritone Sax; 2007–present)
  • Damon Grant (Tenor Sax/Flute; 2017–present)
  • Daniel Mougerman (Hammond Organ; 2017–present)
  • Phil Binotto (Percussion; 2017–present)
  • Anton Delecca (Tenor Sax/Flute; 2004–2017)
  • Luke Saunders (Hammond Organ; 2013–2017)
  • Ella Thompson (Vocals; 2012–2014)
  • Simon Mavin (Hammond Organ; 2012–2013)
  • Ben Grayson (Hammond Organ; 2000–2008, 2011–2012)
  • Stevie Hesketh (Hammond Organ; 2009–2010)
  • Dustin McLean (Hammond Organ; 2008–2009)
  • Bruce Sandell (Tenor Sax/Flute; 2003–2004)
  • Danny Farrugia (Drums; 2004–2011)
  • Jamie Jones (Drums; 2003–2004)
  • Scott Lambie (Drums; 2000–2003)
  • Stuart Speed (Bass; 2000–2003)

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