Bam­boos aim to keep grow­ing

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

LANCE Fer­gu­son is de­ter­mined The Bam­boos won’t be­come a genre-driven band. As the only found­ing mem­ber of the retro-funksoul-flavoured nine-piece, Fer­gu­son says it is easy to be­come pi­geon-holed into a genre of mu­sic. ‘‘I want to be open-minded and bring in other in­flu­ences,’’ he says. ‘‘Then I like to draw on those in­flu­ences and fun­nel them into our sound.’’ The band’s fifth al­bum Medicine Man was re­leased ear­lier this month. He says he wants the The Bam­boos to be known for the mu­sic they create, not the genre that mu­sic is as­so­ci­ated with. ‘‘I have al­ways been some­one who likes to aim as high as I can. I have al­ways mea­sured my­self against the best out there,’’ he says. ‘‘My favourite bands – Ra­dio­head would be the great­est ex­am­ple – are known for be­ing them­selves. Peo­ple don’t talk about gen­res. They are their own genre.’’ Me­gan Wash­ing­ton, Tim Rogers and Aloe Blacc were some of the guest vo­cal­ists who ap­peared on Medicine Man. ‘‘I first met Meg years ago when she was do­ing her ini­tial demos. I was struck by her voice and her vibe. We did a cover of a Kings of Leon song, and later she blew up to be mas­sive,’’ Fer­gu­son says. ‘‘I met Tim when I was tour­ing Big Day Out with (Me­gan’s) band. We hit it off and were hang­ing out back­stage. We talked about do­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion.’’ Al­though the guest artists can’t make it to ev­ery live Bam­boos show, Fer­gu­son says the reg­u­lar vo­cal­ists – Kylie Auld­ist and Ella Thomp­son – do a great job of ren­der­ing songs other peo­ple recorded. ‘‘It’s not easy for any vo­cal­ist to do it when they are feel­ing like ev­ery­one wants to be hear­ing Tim Rogers,’’ he says. ‘‘Kylie is a won­der­ful vo­cal­ists. She knows the per­son­al­ity of the track and she has a knack of pulling peo­ple in.’’ Fer­gu­son says the band, hav­ing been around for more than 10 years, are com­fort­able in their own shoes. ‘‘We are re­laxed about be­ing our­selves and hav­ing fun on stage,’’ he says.

The Bam­boos play The Great North­ern, in By­ron Bay, tonight (with Ax­olotl) and The Hi-Fi, in Bris­bane, on Satur­day (with guests).

Bam­boos singer Lance Fer­gu­son.

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