Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pacific Pulse: Fat Freddy's Drop

Easily one of my favorite bands coming out of the Pacific, I would like to give a long awaited introduction on this site to Fat Freddy's Drop hailing from Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand). The seven piece band with strong elements of jazz, soul, and electronica was formed in the late 1990's and are highly regarded for their outstanding live improvisational performances (which I can personally vouch for), much of which were the influence for the recordings on their two studio albums.

Their first album, Based On A True Story, was the highest selling independently released album by any national artist in NZ's history, and still is to this day. Their second album, Dr Boondigga and the Big BW, was released in 2009 and refers to "the Big Brain-Wash and Dr. Boondigga, who is some evil creature who’s trying to sign us to a major label." according to percussionist Chris Faiumu. Since then, the band has been touring Europe and parts of the US as well as NZ, HI, and other areas in the Pacific. The bands website also stated that FFD is currently in the works of recording a new album titled "Blackbird" slated to release in early 2013.

Fat Freddy's Drop's music is inspired by Māori and Pacific Islander culture, even though they are a group of mixed ethnic backgrounds, and produces sounds that transcend through not only race, but also other musical genres. As you can see, I can't say enough about this band so be sure to check out their music for yourself on ITUNES or AMAZON and for those of you already familiar with FFD, check out an older track by lead singer Joe Dukie I recently discovered titled "Better Than Change." Kia ora!