Dawn takes some cues from the burgeoning soul revival, but it’s a far looser interpretation than many releases in the style. This is no attempt at reviving a bygone era. There’s no horn section. There’s more rock in there. There’s more country in there. There’s more, in Emma’s words, “blackfella music” in there. The songwriting is more akin to classic Aboriginal bands like Coloured Stone than it is to Sharon Jones. The sentiment is personal, for both Emma and the band, and forward looking, rather than revivalist. Shades of every soul record you ever liked sneak through: Al Green’s Hi Records era? Check. Aretha’s Classic Atlantic recordings? Check. Stacks of Stax? Check. It’s all there, but all different. Dawn is it’s own thing, indigenous Australian soul. From the ferocious opening salvo of Black Woman to the sweet and gentle comedown of Over Under Away, Dawn is above all a journey through Emma’s life written in song.
“Emma’s voice is everything you’d want in a soul singer. She’s the real deal.” Francis Devin Rimer (Wax Poetics)
“A tour de force of funk and soul hailing from the land down under” Brice Ezell (Pop Matters)
The latest offering from San Lazaro - Episode 2 of Live At The Farm produced by Blank Tape and Bobby. Subscribe to their channel at youtube.com/SanLazaroGroup to get future episodes when they’re ready. Your ears (and eyes (and feet)) will thank you.
Acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks come together to bring you Daddy, the first single from their album Dawn - an LP of hard hitting and heartfelt soul songs telling stories of grief, struggle and redemption. Dawn is a gritty, uniquely Australian record, simultaneously classic and contemporary. The songwriting is in turns optimistic, angry and melancholic, and on occasions bruisingly honest. The music is fluid, live and raw, recorded in one room on eight channels of analog tape and the electric connection between Emma and the band comes through in every beat.
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To commemorate their double header show later this month with Animaux, The Cactus Channelhave released a special online remix of Animaux’s ‘Alaska’. It’s not just any old remix though – none of that Ableton shit. The band got into their bungalow and recorded their own song underneath the ‘Alaska’ acapella, completely transforming the original into a spooky soul banger.
A ten piece band from Melbourne, Australia — all born in the 90s and raised on the internet, The Cactus Channel are consistently turning heads and shifting opinions about what it is to be an instrumental 10 piece band in the era of laptop producers and Kanye.
Animaux. They’re young, but rest assured, this is no ordinary teeny-bopper band. Sure, in this day and age of synth and autotune they have a bigger brass section than most bands, but that doesn’t mean they won’t get you up and moshing.
Alaska (Cactus Channel Sp00ky Remix) is only available online and will be performed live once only at The John Curtin Hotel on 29th August.
The Cactus Channel & Animaux The John Curtin Hotel
29th August 2014
When Bob Knob isn’t cranking out some tasty tunes in the studio and isn’t suffocating under a pile of officework from me, he can be found bass in hand at the stern (or perhaps aft?) of San Lazaro. The band has just launched their “Live At The Farm” series, capturing them playing live out in the country. See what they’re all about below.
The latest in the Far Cry series from Ubisoft is set in the Himalayas and features some music from The Bombay Royale. Watch the trailer below which features the title track from the band’s first album You Me Bullets Love (warning: strong violence)