Finally made it down to the Cherry basement last Thursday to catch Melbourne soul outfit Saskwatch.
The third of their four residencies, the dance floor was packed, as was just about every other available space. Starting off with a band-only jam before introducing Nkechi, Saskwatch immediately got the crowd moving as one.
While the band play with perfect synchronicity, Nkechi brings all the sass with a voice that is absolutely authentic and her baben’ moves. It didn’t take long for the sweat to start pouring off all involved in the dfloor action, but still no one bailed to the bar for a drink in fear of relinquishing their position. Cooling it off momentarily with Try So Hard before ramping it up again with covers of Robbie William’s Kids (an old favourite), and Little Red’s Coca Cola, which was thankfully energetic and possibly better than the original (dare I speak ill of the deceased). Saskwatch keep everyone well and truly involved for an entire hour of goodness. Don’t be surprised if you manage to dance yourself sober. It’s a rare talent that these guys definitely possess when on stage at their home of sorts.
Saskwatch is a 9 piece soul-funk extravaganza, who have been injecting some liveliness into Melbourne’s music scene for several years now and if you still have not made it to see just how tight these guys are, you really and truly are missing out. They are on the money every single time. You don’t have to love soul music to enjoy the talents of each member of the band.
The last night of their April residency is this Thursday. Soul vinyl will be played following the set for those who like to continue the party (dooo it!). $4 pots of cider/beer. $10 entry, get there round 10. Their debut album should be out sometime this year so take this opportunity to get down!
You can find all info and tunes on our previous post here.