Melbourne's 7-piece afro-groove combo, The Seven Ups, are releasing their third full length album, Commandments, and are throwing a launch party at Howler to celebrate.
Building on the bands Funk and Afrobeat influences, the new album pushes the boundaries by adding elements of deep psych and fuzz rock. Whilst maintaining high energy grooves, the new tracks venture to the meaner and darker edges of the genre.
The band has shared bills with the likes of The Budos Band, (the great) Charles Bradley, Remi and The Bamboos, with recent accolades including a Music Victoria nomination. and international radio play on BBC Radio and KEXP (Seattle).
Having toured the country extensively and now a permanent fixture on the festival circuit, this show will be what has become a rare local club performance.
Support on the night comes from local funk heavyweights; The Putbacks and Fulton Street
"I've been playing this little monster to death on my (BBC) 6 music show. It's raw, it's gritty, it's tough as nails." - Craig Charles, BBC Radio 2 & 6
“Makes us remember how much we can love instrumental music.” - Wax Poetics USA
"As tight as they need to be, and as loose as you want them to be." - DJ Miss Goldie, PBS fm
"The Seven Ups would sound great as a soundtrack to your police chase...these guys are a fun, fun, fun band!" - Chris Gil, Triple R