Two at the Tivoli: Fat Freddy's Drop & Josh Pyke

Two at the Tivoli: Fat Freddy’s Drop & Josh Pyke

THE quality music scene is alive and well Down Under! That’s my indisputable take-away from the past couple of nights spent at Brisbane’s legendary Tivoli Theatre with Kirsten, catching some of the best talent that New Zealand and Australia have to offer.

First up on Friday night was Kiwi electro-reggae funk band, Fat Freddy’s Drop. Touring their awesome 2013 album release, “Blackbird”, the 7-piece outfit from Wellington, NZ have a reputation for being solid live jam band. Last night, in front of a packed house, we got a good idea of why they have received this tag.

You know you have a good night ahead of you when the rack is stacked like this!
Fat Freddy's well-attired Iain Gordon on the keys.

'Fat Freddy's Drop' play to a sell out Tivoli crowd.

Fat Freddy's Dallas Tamaira on lead vocals.

It’s hard to slot Fat Freddy’s Drop’s style into any one musical category. Take their Wikipedia page, for example, where their music is categorised as, “…dub, reggae, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, and techno.” That’s quite a spread by anyone’s standards.

When you take their pumping electronic beats and slide them in behind lead man Dallas Tamaira’s soulful voice, paired with the fun antics of the funky horn section, you have yourself a blend that’s pretty unique and special. It’s for this same reason that the band has such a huge and devoted following – there’s nobody out there quite like them.

As mentioned earlier, last night’s set was predominantly made up of tracks from the band’s 2013 release “Blackbird” including tracks like “Silver & Gold”, “Blackbird” (see video below from YouTube user BeaverontheBeats) and extended jam versions of “Soldier” and “Mother Mother”. Great on disc, even better in the flesh!

'Fat Freddy's Drop' perform their latest album title track 'Blackbird'.

The energetic (& Ricky Gervais lookalike) Joe Lindsay on trombone with Toby Laing and Scott Towers.

'Fat Freddy's Drop' play to a sell out Tivoli crowd.
'Fat Freddy's Drop' play to a sell out Tivoli crowd.

'Fat Freddy's Drop' close out their set to a hugely appreciative Brisbane crowd.

Following their sold out Aussie tour which wraps up in Melbourne on the 8th September, the band are heading home for a few nights in Auckland and Wellington before embarking on an extensive tour of Europe throughout October.

So if you’re reading this and are lucky enough to be stationed somewhere up north right now (looking at YOU Shea), grab yourself some tickets… these guys DO NOT disappoint! Check out their website for tour dates –

Josh Pyke

Considering this wasn’t the first time I’ve seen Josh Pyke, one of Australia’s premier indie male vocalists, tonight’s tickets were a surprise for Kirsten who has recently become a fan, following many in-car sessions listening to his outstanding 2007 album “Memories and Dust”.

Josh Pyke returns to the Tivoli.

Josh Pyke returns to the Tivoli.

While tonight’s set included a few gems from that back-catalogue special, the performance was in support of Pyke’s current release, “The Beginning And The End Of Everything”. The crowd really got into the set which included tracks like “Feet of Clay”, “White Lines”, “Sew My Name”, “Leeward Side” and old favourite “The Lighthouse Song”.

The crowd were especially roused by Pyke’s self admission that our beloved Tivoli Theatre is his favourite venue in Australia. Nice!

Josh Pyke returns to the Tivoli.
Josh Pyke returns to the Tivoli.

Josh Pyke is on a two month tour of Australia right now, with WA being his next port of call with gigs scheduled for Bunbury, Fremantle and Perth. For more details, check out his website –

Patrick James

A quick special shout out to Pyke’s support act for the night, Sydney’s talented Patrick James and band. With a full, live sound that falls somewhere in between “Mumford & Sons” and Australia’s own Boy & Bear, James ran through a selection of songs from his current EP (which Kirst picked up a copy of) “All About To Change”, and also dropped a sublime cover of James Taylor’s “Carolina In My Mind”.

Patrick James performing wis support set.

Patrick James returns to Brisbane to play the “Black Bear Lodge” on November 27. Kirsten and I will be there for sure. Come along if you’re keen for a night out with some really good music. In the meantime, keep an eye out for one of his tracks coming up in next week’s #MusicMonday.

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