'I stood at the side of the stage on the Friday night. My eyes got wider, my jaw hung slacker and my feet developed a mind of their own and danced along, outta control.'
‘The Tent in the Tattersalls car park was pretty much reduced to smouldering rubble by the time Blue Shaddy had finished their set and I got the feeling that night that this is something this Surf-Funk Roots band does on a regular basis’
- Sam Fell / Rhythms Magazine Oct 2007
****Music Oz Blues & Roots Award Winner 2007****
***Blues at Broadbeach Awards 2007 Best Instrumentalist, Belly McClelland***
Western Australian outfit Blue Shaddy have started to attract a lot of positive national attention in the last twelve months. The band reached number 1 on the Perth Indie Charts in May, received a Best Instrumentalist Award (Belly McClelland) at the 2007 Blues at Broadbeach Awards in the same month, and then in November took out the2007 MusicOz Blues & Roots Artist. Plus, the word of mouth on their amazing live show saw Blue Shaddy gain invitations to most of the major music festivals on offer.
Early 2008, and that attention is set to grow further, with Blue Shaddy releasing BURY MY GHOST – their fourth album and best yet. With multi instrumentalist and band member Arun Satgunasingam in the producer’s seat, the aim was to capture the raw, infectious energy and exuberance that is synonymous with Blue Shaddy.
Combine that with the unique mix of world drumming and percussion, groove laden bass, acoustic and lapslide guitars, rhythmic harmonica and heartfelt vocals and the result is a true reflection of the exciting Blue Shaddy sound.
Bury My Ghost offers a full and varied soundscape. The big wide open groove of the title track, the intimate vocals and guitar work of ‘Out of Place’, the grind of ‘Freedom’ (featuring Arun on Chicken Box) and an exceptional remix of ‘Wagtail’ are fine examples of what Blue Shaddy can deliver.
Blue Shaddy went back to their roots to record Bury My Ghost. Spending time in the old farmhouse where Sandy, Belly and Jim McClelland grew up proved to set the perfect scene and added to the atmosphere. The one metre thick walls of the old farmhouse combined with the quiet isolation of the vast country landscape worked its magic on the album.
“Bury my Ghost took us in many new directions” says Jim. “We really tried to push the boundaries and at the same time not lose our musical roots”.
Bury My Ghost certainly achieved all that and then some.
Bury My Ghost is available in all good record Stores now, distribution through MGM.
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