Fat Picnic have been one of Brisbane’s mainstays of soul-infused ska and deep-dub. After years of releasing singles, touring and performing at festivals including Splendour in the Grass and Caloundra Music Festival, they’ve become renowned for their juicy, high-energy festive vibes. Now, Fat Picnic are releasing their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Get Out Of My Fridge’ (Out November 22).
In March earlier this year, Fat Picnic offered up their first taste of the album with the fun-loving single ‘Make Me Wait’. Following the single tour came more shows and even more big announcements. At the beginning of October, the band announced that they’ll be performing every, single, night, at Woodford Folk Festival.
On October 25 the band dropped a fresh dose of sunny ska with the single ‘Don’t Wanna Get Up’, boasting bright succulent horn lines, pumping bass lines, crisp guitars and an anthemic chorus that a crowd can chant along to.
“Soothing, mellow, dubbed-out reggae-soul jam with a
healthy sprinkling of horns” (Scenestr)
“I think this Fat Picnic song epitomises what people love about
roots music…It’s also a little reminiscent of early Cat Empire.”
(Nkechi Anele, Triple J)
“Fat Picnic put on one hell of a show” (AAA Backstage)
These singles have only just scratched the surface in terms of the various flavours featured in this eclectic 12-track roller coaster of an album.
Kicking off the debut album is ‘Can You Feel It’ – a hard-hitting soul-ska track that moves from fast-paced verses into electrified half-time choruses.
‘Make Me Wait’ clocks in next before the comical, weekend hangout jam of ‘Kicking Back’. Containing the lyrics that became the album title ‘Get Out Of My Fridge’, this track is the care-free Fat Picnic personality that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Digging deeper and grooving harder, ‘Fat City’ drops in with some gut-busting funk-rock elements. Wah-guitar, funky organ, hearty horn-lines, and some fresh lyrical flows from front-man Graham Moes bring this tune to a real ‘brick-in-the-face’ climax.
At the halfway mark – after ‘Don’t Wanna Get Up’ wraps up – the band demonstrates yet again their ability to flow seamlessly from genre to genre. ‘Feeling Good Feeling Bad’ is a slow-moving, island-vibing, ukulele jam with layered vocal harmonies, mellow percussion and a soothing slide guitar solo.
‘Beautiful Girls’ and ‘Cheap Lovers’ pick up the pace with that signature smorgasbord of high-energy Fat Picnic sounds. We then drop into ‘Tightrope’ with a powerful explosion of soul and deep-dub – a trance-inducing 6-minute performance.
The final three tracks – ‘Sending Out Love’, ‘The Mums’ and ‘Comfy’ are again, all so different, yet coated in that unique Fat Picnic style. From face-melting dub and hip-hop to chilled lounge-jazz before the album finisher – a relaxing island-vibing roots jam.
‘Get Out Of My Fridge’ epitomizes what fans love about the Fat Picnic live sound, now craftily captured in this debut album. To close the year out, Fat Picnic will be celebrating the release of their album at the following upcoming shows:
November 23rd – Coffs Harbour Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
December 6th – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD w/ Kurilpa Reach and The Madtones
December 21st – Coffs Harbour Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
December 26th to January 1st – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
January 4th – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
(Content provided by Michael Gill @ Kick Push PR)