Fat Freddys Drop are in the country promoting their latest release, Live At The Roundhouse, which documents an epic night of music at London’s legendary Roundhouse in December 2008. Having previously heard the live offering, I was looking forward to the show!
Unfortunately due to train trackwork in Newtown, I arrived only for the final song of support band Electric Empire. The song that I did hear sounded fantastic, had beautiful vocal harmonies and funky guitar riffs; I was glad I made it in time to catch this band.
The crowd was absolutely packed to the rafters in the Enmore by this time, and I could feel the excitement building as Fat Freddys Drop were due to start their set. The band was introduced by some kind of MC, who I'm still not sure was part of the band, as he returned later in the set rapping during a big instrumental - "Sydney, how do you feel?" - "1,2,3... Fat Freddys...", both of which had the crowd chanting back to him.
Speaking of instrumentals, boy do FFD do some incredible ones. Two trumpets, a saxophone mixed with the bass coming from the DJ, and drums - awesome! The song "Willow Tree" was second in the set, and this one got everyone dancing. The trumpet player was shaking his booty better than Beyonce the whole way through the set, I'm sure this added to crowd excitement; it definately made me smile.
The guitarist at the back of the stage was wearing some kind of goggles, not sure what the purpose was there, but all in all, an interesting addition to the show. The lighting was a nice touch, subtle but colourful.
My only criticism is that the instrumentals in and between songs were a touch too long; I wanted to hear more of the soulful and wonderful voice of Dallas Tameira.
A great show, this is a seven piece band that has an incredibly wholesome reggae sound and knows how to put on a rad show!