SXSW '17: Busty and the Bass | No. 1

  Photos: © Copyright Concentus Music 2017

Photos: © Copyright Concentus Music 2017

We finally reach our no. 1 SXSW artist – Busty and the Bass! And we couldn’t have waited any longer to tell you about them.

 

These guys are an epic 9 piece jazz-soul-funk-hip-hop.. and a lot of other genres too.. band, with the greatest energy I’ve ever seen on stage.

 

Though you might think a fusion of such a variety of genres would be confusing, these guys break down the barriers presented by the segmentation of “genre” in a really sophisticated way, and make it work.

 

Evan – or stage name Alistair Blu’s – rapping was my favourite part of the band. It’s such a strong, bold vocals and it’s so clear, and it really adds that unique element which makes the band so brilliant to jam out to. This coupled with melodic vocalist Nick made for a really contrasting yet such a vibrant vocal performance from the band. On top of the brilliant vocals, the band had everything you could want from a new band, from synths to drums to keys to a huge brass section.

 

  Photos: © Copyright Concentus Music 2017

Photos: © Copyright Concentus Music 2017

Their journey to Austin supported by Music Export Canada, I saw this Montreal born band twice at the festival – once on a sunny afternoon whilst eating Mac ‘n’ Cheese with a tame, polite audience, and once at 2am on the last night of the festival with a jam packed audience partying hard at the Swan Patio. And both times, the audience was as engaged as could be, and in both vibes, I loved the band, and it’s crazy the band can suit such polar opposite settings, but that shows what talented performers they are and how their music just works anywhere. 

 

‘Memories and Melodies’ was one of my favourite songs of the band, which featured some of Evan’s best rap, as did another song which is seemingly unreleased with lyrics along the lines of “Do It Again,” so I can only guess the name of that song.. either way, they always perform it live, so you’ll just have to go see them live to get the full Busty and the Bass experience!

 

The band also performed a cover of Macy Gray’s ‘I Try,’ which the entire audience of course joined in with and made for a really homely vibe, and I can safely say they did the song justice – which is a challenge impressive to accomplish!

 

We feature an interview with Busty and the Bass on our SXSW special podcast to be out soon, so keep watch for that, and in the meantime, London folk, go buy tickets for our favourite band from SXSW at their Camden Assembly gig on May 18th HERE!

 

 

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