Australian soul music innovators TheBamboos return with their genre-defying new album, ‘Fever In The Road’, released 8th November on Pacific Theatre through Inertia, with a national tour starting on 29th November.
Band leader Lance Ferguson once again enlisted John Castle (Washington, Josh Pyke, Gossling, Pez and Kate Miller-Heidke) to co-produce ‘Fever In The Road’, the band’s sixth record and first on Ferguson’s own label. This repeats the same winning combination that worked on the band’s breakthrough 2012 album ‘Medicine Man’, which garnered them three ARIA Award nominations (Best Independent Release, Best Urban Album & Best Live Act), and saw the single “I Got Burned” feat. Tim Rogers reach #54 in Triple J’s Hottest 100.
What they have created together at first seems leaner and more muscular than previous albums, but upon closer inspection reveals itself to be densely layered, with strings, organs, synths, extra guitars and more allowing darker moods to roam throughout. This change in approach is reflected on the album’s lead single ‘Avenger’.
Never strangers to guest appearances in the studio and on stage (Aloe Blacc, Washington, Tim Rogers, Daniel Merriweather, Lyrics Born, Alice Russell), The Bamboos have eschewed this approach on ‘Fever In The Road’, with regular singers Kylie Auldist and Ella Thompson contributing to all eleven tracks. Ferguson explains: “I love to work with different vocalists in the studio, but I really felt with this album that I wanted us to make a definitive statement as a band. The last album was guest-heavy and this posed certain problems when we took it live. Now we can go out there and just do what we do.”
Amid a glut of revivalists re-treading the retro waters, The Bamboos have carved out a signature sound that embraces classic and current influences whilst weaving them into something altogether unique. “I always want to make a better record, a different record. The Bamboos had their roots in certain genres but now it’s been blown wide open. Now it feels like we can go in many directions…our direction…”
The Bamboos will embark on a national tour after the release of ‘Fever In The Road’ in November and December, performing songs from the new album along with crowd favourites taken from their now extensive catalogue.