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Tune-Yards (or tUnE-yArDs if you want to go with the stylised way of writing it) pretty much exploded onto the scene last year, gaining quite a bit of attention with the release of their second album w h o k i l l. The brainchild of frontwoman Merrill Garbus, she started the project alone utilising looping pedals to create drum beats and combining elements of R&B and afro-beat. The live lineup nowadays includes bass player Nate Brenner (who often assists with percussion and synths as well) and two saxophone players, which really helps to fill out the sound and add a lot of funk and energy to Garbus’ live performances.

 

It was amazing to watch Garbus create the live drum and vocal loops so effortlessly on stage, never once seeming to misstep. Right from the opening, the four-piece displayed a high level of energy and excitement which was helped greatly by the enthusiastic crowd who cheered, danced and shouted lyrics. They played most songs from their latest effort w h o k i l l, with the standouts being ‘Es-So’, ‘Gangsta’ and ‘My Country’. However, the real highlight (unsurprisingly) was ‘Bizness’, which is easily one of Garbus’ most impressive vocal performances where she changes between registers and between a soft whimper to a bellowing howl with such ease. The softly spoken frontwoman politely thanked the crowd for coming out on a Sunday night, but it seemed all too appropriate to thank her back for coming out to play such a marvelous show in the first place. It was refreshing to see this calibre of performer who approaches music in such a unique way. The entire band gave a downright flawless performance in all respects and was easily one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.

 

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Forget everything you ever knew about Blame Ringo. After a line up change and a bit of a change in style, the boys are just about ready to take up residency at the Powerhouse for the month. Frontman Pete Kilroy explained walked us through what we can expect.

I hear there has been a line up change! Who is gone and who has come?

There has been! Tony from The Boat People is back, along with Greg and Andrew from Montpelier who are along for the ride too. Jack and Jessiah are have departed.

What’s the story behind the line up change?

Jack wants to spend this year concentrating on his football (he plays for the Lions reserves) and Jessiah is keen to further develop his solo stuff. Both departed with lots of animosity and we’re not longer speaking to either of them.

The overall style of Blame Ringo undergone a bit of a transformation as well – can you walk us through what’s different?

We want people to have a better time at our shows, so we’re upping the energy and channelling our guilty pop instincts. We’ve kinda hit the reset button on our music. Some people close to us have freaked out a bit, but we reckon change is as good as a holiday.

Are you nervous about how audiences will receive these changes?

Not really. If worst comes to worst we’ll get some good exercise dodging the rotten fruit people will throw. There’s always a silver lining to every cloud.

You’ll be releasing an EP at the end of this year – can you tell us a little about it?

It’s very different. That said, we think it’s the best stuff we’ve written. Bands always say that though, don’t they? I guess all we can guarantee is that all the tunes will be infectious and you’ll be able to comfortably put the EP on at a party.

You’re about to take up residency at the Powerhouse for June – what can we expect from these three shows?

The first thing anyone who’s seen us before will notice is that we won’t really be playing any of the old songs anymore. We’ve actually only got two tunes from the last set. We’re also trying to make the show a bit bigger. Bigger sound / bigger vibe / more depth to what we’re doing. It’s a bit of an experiment really, but the songs are there so we’re confident!

You’ll be playing at Unconvention over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend as well; are you excited about being part of this event?

We were very chilled until we found out Dan Kelly is going to be there. Pete has said he is going to dedicate every song to the great man. There will be a lot of gushing going on. It’s a great initiative though, so yes, we are excited to be a part of it.

What is your favourite thing about playing in Brisbane?

Everyone is friendly and the vibe is always relaxed. Kinda like the whole city in general!

What can the uninitiated expect from a Blame Ringo show?

Big harmonies, a fun vibe and Ross to wear brown clothes.

What does the future hold for Blame Ringo?

Depends how much fruit gets thrown in June. We’ll get back to you on that one!

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