CD of the Week: FAT FREDDYS DROP "Blackbird"
Blackbird is the third full-length release from the New Zealand band and will see Fat Freddy’s Drop exceed half-a-million album sales worldwide, the result of playing over 800 shows in their career to date, clocking up 412 appearances in Europe, 27 Australian Tours and over 300 shows in their homeland.
Featuring nine tracks, Blackbird was written and recorded at Bays, the bands own studio. Situated in Wellington’s beach suburb of Lyall Bay, the building was one of the last vinyl pressing plants in NZ before being converted to an Apostolic church in the 70s.
“Blackbird is truer to FFD’s musical philosophy than anything else we’ve done”, says saxophonist Chopper Reeds. “The song forms are unruly – just like our live shows – and we’ve really tried to craft arrangements that showcase Joe Dukie’s voice. It’s an unholy mix of disco, rootsy dub, blues, soul and electronic funk – but it’s what we love to do.”
The Blackbird album has been preceded by single Clean The House and its accompanying marionette thriller of a video. Attracting 20K+ views in a few short days the painstaking efforts of sculptor and puppeteer John Coddington along with director Mark Williams have fans worldwide baying for release day.
Fat Freddy’s Drop are:
Chris Faiumu aka DJ Fitchie – MPC, Producer
Dallas Tamaira aka Joe Dukie – Vocals
Scott Towers aka Chopper Reeds – Saxophone
Toby Laing aka Tony Chang – Trumpet
Iain Gordon aka Dobie Blaze – Keyboard
Joe Lindsay aka Hopepa ‐ Trombone
Tehimana Kerr aka Jetlag Johnson – Guitar