Hot Potato Band, Gomez, Cat Empire, Saskwatch , Matt McHugh & The Beautiful Girls
Ben Drysdale - Guitar/Vocals Tim Bowyer - Trumpet Nathan Sciberras - Sax Caleb Ball - Sax Josh Hart - Trombone Adam 'Brown' Brown - Bass Toby King - Drums Niall Howe - Keyboards Cherie Kotek - Backup Vocals Elise Walsh - Backup Vocals
East Row Rabble delivers a slick mix of funk, ska, blues and soul with heavenly horn lines that will get your booty shakin' and your feet shuffling. Addressing a mixture of world issues and daily curiosities, Ben Drysdale’s songs explore the many, varied, and often conflicting elements of any situation with honesty, hope, and a little cheekiness.
The Rabble’s debut funk and soul track “Strawberries & Cream” is a perfect example of the blending of these approaches to writing. Originally inspired by a red and white polka dot bra, “Strawberries” evolved into a song about choosing what you love, loving what you chose, and accepting others’ choices. Since its release in March the song has been picked up on radio stations in NSW, SA, VIC, TAS, ACT, and QLD.
The bands sophomore single "Aliens in my Brain", which addresses mental health through a rollercoaster of Sci Fi pop culture references, also made waves with the awesome film clip by Sam Koster of Mint Media.
After playing around Canberra and the East Coast of Australia in a number of acts (most recently Beth n Ben) over the last 12 years, Drysdale has now launched this new dream outfit with some of his favourite players from Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Three Quarters Hazel, Moochers Inc, and Betty Alto. The band was named East Row Rabble as a tip of the hat to one of Canberra’s longest running live music venues where most of the members cut their musical teeth, The Phoenix, which is situated on East Row and renowned for its “alternative” patronage.