Lance Ferguson is most well known for his work with the Melbourne soul/funk outfit The Bamboos. However, during his busy schedule he has found time to somehow put together a side project album, and get the majority of the Melbourne music scene to sing along on it. Blind Bet by Cookin’ on 3 Burners, (by far the coolest band name I’ve heard in recent times) is a cracking set of tracks. Opening with ‘Skeletor’, the track shows the musicianship of the band that Ferguson has put together, Jake Mason on organ and Ivan Khatchoyan on drums. The album then moves into ‘Flat on my Back’ which features the vocals of Australian music legend Tex Perkins.
From there, the band has called in some pretty special guests to sing some of their songs. They include Daniel Meriweather, Harry Angus from the Cat Empire and Kylie Auldist from the Bamboos. Not venturing too far away from what The Bamboos do, Blind Bet is an album full of slick soul and funk grooves that are sure to get your party started. Drum breaks, Hammond hooks and cool horn arrangements, this album will definitely have you up and dancing.
My favourite track on this release would have to be ‘Losin’ Streak’ which shows a different side to Harry Angus’ vocal range, as he channels some of the classic jazz and soul crooners of the day. Who knows whether this side project album is a one off or not, hopefully for our sake, there is more tunes to come.
Out now via independent release
Written by Tex Miller