The Bamboos : Fever In The Road
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The Bamboos : Fever In The Road

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With their sixth studio album in seven years, The Bamboos have cemented themselves as one of Australia’s most interesting and talented outfits. Unlike their 2012 album Medicine Man, which had more artist cameos than you could poke a mic at, here the band goes back to basics. Lead vocalists Kylie Auldist and Ella Thompson carry the entire album, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.

The first track and first single from the album, Avenger, is definitely more poppy than anything else the band has released. This is most likely the influence of acclaimed producer, John Castle. You can hear a lot of Castle’s previous work, particular similarities to Washington. The second track Helpless Blues is much of the same.

The soul-inspired Rats is perhaps the most interesting track on the album, with a funkadelic bass riff and incredibly upbeat chorus from the girls – it would have been great to explore this sound further. Your Lovin’ Is Easy is a blend of Saskwatch, with Ella Thompson taking the reins. Again, it’s a lot poppier than anything else The Bamboos have done but very easy listening. Leave Nothing Behind goes back to old-school gospel soul. The inclusion of a string section lifts this track to somewhere incredible. The same can be said for The Truth but Before I Go is quite slow in comparison. Harbinger uses the organ and strings to create something quite fresh.

Jump My Train has quite a bluesy feel to it, and would be great to hear live, especially with the “OOOOOHs” before that main chorus. All in all, Fever In The Road isn’t The Bamboos greatest album to date, but it’s definitely worth a listen and perfect for Sunday afternoon beers.

BY CHRIS BRIGHT

Best Track: Rats

If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Washington, Saskwatch, The Cactus Channel

In A Word: Poppier