Fat Freddy’s Drop by Tony Mott
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Fat Freddy’s Drop back themselves with new material

Fat Freddy’s Drop are more confident than ever, vowing to debut brand new, fully polished and recorded songs on their Australian tour this February.

The New Zealand-bred, seven-piece dub-funk-reggae ensemble will hit up Australia’s biggest urban centres on their biggest tour of the country thus far.

Melbourne-based soul ensemble Hiatus Kaiyote and acclaimed lap-slide and roots-blues guitarist Thomas Oliver will tour with the hyperkinetic group.

Fat Freddy’s Drop saxophonist Scott ‘Chopper Reedz’ Towers told Music Insight the tour provides new sights and sounds for fans across the country compared to previous shows.

“We’re coming to Australia to support an album,” Towers said.

“That’s something we’ve definitely done before but I guess the biggest difference would be that this time around we have new material to play and it’s material that the audience, for the most part, won’t have heard before.”

“Normally, you’d be hearing the songs prior to them being committed to record, so you’re privy to the writing process a little bit because they’re still being fine tuned on stage.”

This time, though, Towers said the new songs would be a complete “new set” for fans to enjoy.

The tour follows an intense year for the band, having released latest studio album Bays and performed sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House.

Towers said the group stuck to essential elements whilst completing the new record.

“The most conceptualising we did was around the way that song would be written and recorded,” he said.

“That was that we were going to be based in Wellington, we weren’t going to tour, and we would write, produce, and record these songs in their entirety in the studio rather than take them out, play them on the road, see how they were going and fine tune them based on the response we got when we were on the road.

“We decided we wanted to trust the process a little bit, trust our own ears and commit to finishing the songs.”

We decided we wanted to trust the process a little bit, trust our own ears and commit to finishing the songs.

Forming in the late 1990s in Wellington, the name stemmed from the group’s 48-hour LSD trip during a recording session.

The group is the critical and commercial darling of the Kiwi music scene, holding credits for highest selling records by an independent artist along with RIANZ awards for Best Producer, Album of the Year, Best video etc.

Its debut album, 2005’s Based On A True Story, went nine-times platinum and became one of NZ’s most popular and referential records – remaining in the NZ charts for over two years.

Its original and eclectic mix of soul, techno, jazz, rhythm, blues etc. resonates with worldwide music lovers, with records DR Boondigga and the Big BW and Blackbird receiving similarly rave reviews.

Towers said the group more often looked to the future rather than reflecting upon its extraordinary successes.

“We don’t take the time very often to reflect on we have achieved,” he said.

“If you sit there and pat yourself on the back too much all of a sudden you’ve kind of stuffed up so we’re really mindful of that and really want to just keep going, keep doing good shows, and keep writing good music”.

The group is also known for sell-out, outside-the-box tours and performances throughout the world, playing close to 1,000 shows throughout Europe, Australia, and NZ.

After recording and performing for 15 years, is still hitting its stride, reaching well over 2 million streams per month.

Visit Fat Freddy’s Drop and Ticketmaster for tour info.

Tour dates:

Saturday February 13
Red Hill Auditorium, Perth WA

Sunday February 14
Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough WA

Wednesday February 17
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

Friday February 19
The Forum, Melbourne VIC

Saturday February 20
The Forum, Melbourne VIC

Wednesday February 24
Odeon Theatre, Hobart TAS

Friday February 26
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW

Saturday February 27
The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD


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