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The Bamboos

Inspired by the philosophy espoused by Gabriel Roth of the Dap-Kings, which they discovered when it was summarized in an article he wrote for Big Daddy magazine, S**tty Is Pretty: Anatomy of a Heavy Funk 45, the Bamboos play old-fashioned funk and soul with a strong emphasis on repeated grooves, simplicity, and old-fashioned low-tech recording techniques.

Bamboos founding member and guitarist Lance Ferguson, who schizophrenically also releases electronic side projects under his DJ name Lanu, began the group as a four-piece in 2000 to play a string of concerts in Melbourne club The Night Cat. Joining him for this initial version of the band were Ben Grayson on Hammond organ, Stuart Speed on bass, and Scott Lambie on drums, playing straightforward New Orleans funk in a style heavily influenced by the Meters. After this string of concerts, the Bamboos expanded to add a horn section consisting of Ross Irwin on trumpet, Phil Noy on baritone saxophone, and Anton Delecca on tenor saxophone and flute. New drummer Danny Farrugia and new bass player Yuri Pavlinov completed the shaken-up lineup.

Following the Roth model, their first independent releases were vinyl 45s, which attracted the attention of the Tru Thoughts label. In 2005 they worked on their debut full-length for Tru Thoughts, Step It Up, which was followed by Rawville in 2007. Experimenting with occasional vocal additions, they discovered talented singer Kylie Auldist and devoted their next album, 2008's Just Say: The Bamboos Present Kylie Auldist, entirely to songs co-written with her. That year they also released Side-Stepper, which featured vocal contributions from Auldist as well as Melbourne singer Megan Washington and British rapper TY, as well as a live album, Listen! Hear! Live!!! Ironically for the low-tech band, it was their work on the soundtrack to Nintendo game De Blob that would expose their music to the greatest number of listeners when the game went multi-platinum, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. They also placed songs in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Ugly Betty, and Underbelly, as well as the film Crazy Stupid Love. In 2010, their fourth album, 4, was released, followed in 2012 by Medicine Man. ~ Jody Macgregor, Rovi
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Thanks, chokapol46, I couldn't have said it better myself!!! :-)
This station has been on a BIG TIME GROOVE! A train I plan to ride a bit farther :-)
k, British invasion is nice and all, but this is not even slightly j-pop or k-pop.
REALLY!?!? Wow that's some fun sh**. Sounds like the stuff we were hunting for when I was
Hot BAM!!! ,y'all my BOOS!!!
quintetwest
Funk-N-Groov e
buick51.dl
Damn that's nice........ .
Are they still around??? Didn't the lead Flute player impale himself on a Clarinet?
FUNKY!!!
dan.west25
Mighty Bamboos!
The Best !!
Funk and nothing but
Gettin up on the good foot!
I love Alice but where is The Bamboos biography? They're not even mentioned in this blurb!
Just toured Stax in Memphis yesterday, feels like I'm still there!
amee57
Love this, so funky and sexy!
bentcaine
sounds like early soulive. could almost hear james. now thats funky
listening to the funky tune called the witch
bleeckerstma r k e t
its allways nice when somebody gets it right
mphipps113
I think I like these guys a little *too* much... this popped up on the "productivit y " station I put electronica on, and I was jamming out too much to get work done!
jaypeffer
Good stuff from these guys - found them through my Breakstra, Trombone shorty and galatic inspired channel.

I used to call my station Supafunkaroc k - might change it to old soul - new school now. I like it.
what about archie bell and the drells?
Shmoookin
Popped up on my Seatbelts station. Could not be more pleased. They now have their own station on my list.
cream of the funk crop -old soul, new school, breaks for days.
Budos Band too
the funky sound of the 60's ..is alive and well in the new millenium with the BamBoos
dwcarpen
Australian gold!
anton212
these Aussie's got Souuul!

You can breakdance to this funk! Believe it!

great funky music
I thought it was Galactic when I first heard it...
Fricken Awesome!!!
jason_coughl i n
GROOVY
moore104
yo. nice. hearing for first time right now. "tighten up". lovely version. thanks.
the world needs more funk,so get up on your good foot and move along,the funk is never wrong.
...and I got them on my Greyboy Allstars Station.
Groovy stuff!
phr1956
These guys came up on my Galactic Station. NIce groove and sound
frank.lopez
Thanks, Pandora. great sound. The Bamboos came up when I was listening to my Booker T and the MG's Channel. Now the Bamboos are on my MP3
zycor368
These guys popped up on my Blackbyrds station. Thanks, Pandora--The late, great Godfather of Soul would be proud of these guys.
lockin up the pocket. strong band. thanks pandora
jonnybinnc
These guys popped up on my Quantic station. Great sound.
The Bamboos are an awesome. Anyone listening to this might want to check out El Michels Affair.
check out MASK- a fusion band from SW Missouri...m y s p a c e . c o m / m a s k f u s i o n
Nawlins
audioinjecti o n
Long live the Daptones label, Goop!
New York and L.A. is where
Where are the bands like this in the U.S.A!!!
Answer:$$$$$ $ $ $ $
Call me a panda but i want to burn some bamboo and listen to this all day
I got to say this is so good !! Where are the bands like this in the U.S.A!!! . Everybody wants to be a Rapper!!!!
check out the zongo allstars.com
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