Pack your dancing shoes.
Starting out as wandering musicians and street performers from Sydney and turning into one of the country’s hottest brass-pop bands, the Hot Potato Band are the next discovery for fans of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Snarky Puppy.
A band larger than life, the Hot Potato Band are bringing their positive coastal energy to Geelong this August for an incredibly unique live show that must not be missed.
The key takeaways
- Hot Potato Band are bringing their positive coastal energy to Geelong
- The Sydney 10-piece are renowned for their incredible live performances
- They are currently touring their new single, ‘It’s Your Own Body’
Known to cause a severe case of happy fever (seriously have a listen to their stuff), this 10-piece brass band is sure to put a smile on your face when they hit the Potato Shed on August 15.
Renowned as one of the most celebrated street and stage performing bands in Australia, they have successfully captured the energy and interaction of their street performances and perfectly integrated it into their on-stage show – whether that be on a festival stage or an intimate pub gig.
Unbound by genre, these guys combine world influences such as ska, blues, afro- cuban, pop, reggae and folk into a New Orleans inspired brass band with an Australian edge, resulting in a high-energy modern day dance machine and visual spectacle for all demographics.
With a strong sense of pride for their fun-loving, organic, and quirky musical nature, the bands unique sound is built on the backs of three drummers, a sousaphone and five horns that cover catchy chorus lines, providing a beautiful harmonic cloud for Ben (Goldstein, vocalist) to float above.
“The drums are a bit different to your regular kit style,” laughs Simon Ghali, the band’s leader. “It’s basically a de-constructed drum kit. It’s taken from the idea of the traditional New marching drummers.
“We have used the same kind of idea but instead we have modernised it a bit by using second lined grooves and a lot more of a funk-rock/skaa kind of sound. Listening to the songs you may not realise that it has three drummers but seeing them before it is incredible to watch the synchronicity between them.”
With COVID forcing them into a deep hibernation, the band have been busy writing music with a focus on societal issues that need urgent attention, resulting in some of their best work to date. Dropped back in March, their new song ‘It’s Your Own Body’ which celebrates ones rights to their body as well as pointing out the respect we all should have for our fellow persons right to their body. This track aimed to capture the old with the new, sporting a New Orleans second line feel underneath a soul-pop-funk arrangement and ending with a large, tambourine shaking gospel chorus.
Guiding men and others in our society to more conscious thought over the matter, the band are currently touring this single across Australia, which is exactly why we’ll be seeing them in Geelong next month (as long as borders allow it).
For now though, can we all just appreciate this Chet Faker cover, please?
Catch the Hot Potato Band at The Potato Shed on August 15. Purchase tickets here.