The Cat Empire, Bomba
Tim Sinclair - vocals, guitar, harmonica, bass; Jack Tinapple - vocals, guitar, harmonica, bass, flute; Matt Holt - sax; Casey Nicholson - trumpet; Eamon Holligan - guitar, bass, flute, vocals; Dan Wheatley - drums
Tom Waits, red hot chilli peppers, Blues Brothers
The NEO is a six piece Aussie funk and roots band playing an energetic fusion of funk, reggae, ska, blues, folk and rock. Soul fuel for wild dancing, The NEO’s concerts are always captivating, incorporating flamboyant theatrics for a unique rock show. After returning home from their east coast tour, taking in the massive Woodford Festival, Exodus Festival, and numerous funky venues in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and more The NEO got back into business of producing their new album titled 'The Near Earth Objects'. With 15 bold new tracks this album is the culmination of many years of song crafting and touring. From Arnhem Land to the Red Centre, the East coast to the Southern Mountains, there are some epic tales, including the ruckus sea shanty, carving the tale of Indonesian Pirates, the real 'Boogie man'. These tracks have a real soul sound, with the full horn section, powerhouse vocals and those signature funky bass and beats. Recorded at 301 studios in Byron Bay and mixed by John Butlers engineer Robin Mai, the album has already created a buzz.
20 Jun 2013
The harmonica sound mixed with the electric guitar creates an interesting vibe to kick the song off. I don't get what the vocals are trying to do with the song though. The song feels like a mix of ska, punk, and country music, with a little reggae mixed in. It's a little too odd for me, and the sounds don't always mix well together. After a while the vocals definitely take on a c...
The harmonica sound mixed with the electric guitar creates an interesting vibe to kick the song off. I don't get what the vocals are trying to do with the song though. The song feels like a mix of ska, punk, and country music, with a little reggae mixed in. It's a little too odd for me, and the sounds don't always mix well together. After a while the vocals definitely take on a country vibe. The vocals have a range, but I think he should have focused on one vocal sound and stuck his voice to that. His vocals match the tone of the lyrics though, and he sounds passionate about the fun he is conveying in his emotions. I also don't get the part that much where he is singing in his lyrics about missing a bus ride. Since his message is everywhere, it seems like that bit about a bus ride is the only clear subject he is speaking of. I think fans of modern country will like this song as it does sound like a younger audience's music. The tone is upbeat, and the backing vocals seem to add fun. The saxophone is a welcome addition to the song, and I think the drum sets the tempo of the song well. The song could use a little more focusing on genre to communicate to the listener instead of mixing every sound there is.