Funkoars happy with hip-hop hype
ADELAIDE hip-hop group The Funkoars row into Runaway Bay Tavern tonight to play songs from their new albumthe Quickening. Released in October, it debuted at No. 11 on the ARIA Album charts and went on to become one of the bestselling Australian hip-hop albums of 2011. ‘‘We honestly do think it’s our best album,’’ DJ Reflux says. ‘‘I mean, we’ve charted higher, the crowds have been louder and the whole release and tour have been a success.’’ Sesta adds: ‘‘We used to have to really try to break songs with the crowds but now, with music being super accessible through Youtube and stuff, it seems with this album everyone’s on to it straight away.’’ The group have come a long way since 2003’s Who’s Your Step Daddy. ‘‘It was way more party in the past,’’ Reflux says. Sesta adds: ‘‘We all tried to make as much noise as possible and annoy as many people as we could, and now we’re just trying to make people ignore us; we’re all good.’’ This growth was evident on 2008 album The Hangover, which helped the act rear its head above the underground scene. ‘‘I don’t think we wanted to do anything different,’’ Trials says of the followup. Sesta adds: ‘‘We just had a vision in our heads of how we wanted it to sound. We learnt a few things along the way and became a little bit better and more comfortable. This album’s a lot more personal and I’d say more happier than The Hangover. The first albums were very heavy into the battle-rap stuff. We were all about proving we were the Shooters: Vision: Brett Allen and Apollo Flex get the weekend started. Shuffle: Residentdjs. Swingin Safari: DJ Think: Marty Harris bumps out some classic gems. Temple: Corporate Club: Residentdjs. Vanity: Rave Radio: With James Todman. EAST: Noel: Hedonistic Xmas Party with DJ Kurt Joseph and DJ Chris Lawrence. Escape: Orphans Xmas Party: With Jackie Brown and her dancers. Elsewhere: X-mas Eve Request Fest: Resident DJS program your requests. Jupiters: DJ Dice: With Trent Maksimas and B-rad. Lala Land: Rhys Bynon: Pulls out the classic vinyl in Byron Bay. Love Nightlife: Residentdjs. Melbas: Ultimate Ladies: With Hot Bodies Australia and residentdjs. Neverland: Surecut Kids: Monthly party. Platinum: Craig Roberts: Joey Mojo. Sincity: Stiletto: With Kronic. Shuffle: Paul Layland. Shooters: Mister P: With Stevie Z, EA Kut and Trippa MC. Swingin Safari: Orphans’ Xmas: With DJ Paul Masters. Vanity: Surrender: With James Todman. best rappers around and now we’ve proved that we’re not, we’re happy.’’ The group believe Australian hip-hop could be the country’s strongest genre. ‘‘I think Aussie hip-hop will be doing great but I don’t know about us,’’ Reflux says. Trials adds: ‘‘It’s funny to us how crossed over some of it is. Like you’ll be in a Dusk candle shop buying something for your mum and you’ll hear it come on. I think it will take over.’’
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Funkoars, Lazy Grey, Mase’n’mattic and Tommy Illfigga play the Runaway Bay Tavern tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $20 + booking fee.
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