Amp Fiddler / 2004
Had the pleasure of going to see Amp Fiddler perform at Fiddlers (oddly enough) in Bristol last night.
Had the pleasure of going to see Amp Fiddler perform at
Fiddlers (oddly enough) in Bristol last night. Although I
haven't heard the entire album, the tracks I have heard
featured on Electric Soul and elsewhere were enough to
get me out on a dismally rainy night to check out the live
I wasn't disappointed. The atmoshphere in the venue was
positively warm and sunny - a really good mixed crowd
grooving along to the warm-up DJ playing laid back funk
and soulful tracks to a packed house. The band appeared
and they looked the part; two beaming female vocalists,
a funky bassist, not to mention the drummer and some
rather deft keyboard work. And the frontman himself -
afro, shades, strutting along the stage rolling out the
smoothest moves and a very accomplished vocal talent.
The music itself was exteremely polished and while it
wasn't too hard to detect influences from previous decades -
Stevie, Clinton, Slave to name a few, the sound was in no
way dated. There's a slick contemporary feel to it and and
the visual aspects kept the crowd well focused - bassist
playing behind his head, funky-psychadelic soaring guitar
solos, the gradual stripping of clothes and the sweat.
A thoroughly enjoyable, professional performance that did
justice to the studio work. Recommended if that's your groove.
In a phrase: Superbaaaaaaad soulful futurefunk
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