“Australia's great funk-soul exports” – The Guardian
“Sassy, classy… quality material” – Single of the week - Clash
“Seriously great” - Richard Kingsmill (Triple J)
“Funky stuff” - Tim Lovejoy (Channel 4)
“They've got IT" – Eddie Bo
Celebrating 15 years of making music in 2015, Australia's The Bamboos have long established themselves as one of the leading Soul bands on the global scene. Tru Thoughts mark this milestone on 27th November with this compilation of some of the band’s greatest moments on the label, handpicked by the band, as well as three exclusive live tracks.
Led by guitarist and main songwriter/producer Lance Ferguson, The Bamboos initially emerged as one of the foundational acts that spearheaded the underground 'Deep Funk' scene of the early 2000s. Since then they have recorded seven studio albums, two live albums and 21 singles, and performed more than 500 of their legendary, incendiary live shows; all the while aiming forward with a genre-defying take on the music, shaking up what it means to be a Soul band in the new millennium. They have collaborated with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Lyrics Born, Alice Russell, Ty and Daniel Merriweather, incorporating the influences of Funk, Pop, Hip Hop, Rock, Psych, Indie and Soundtrack music into their own unique sound.
The Bamboos recorded some of their most beloved and classic works while signed to esteemed UK label Tru Thoughts for seven years between 2005 and 2012. Over five albums for the imprint ('Step it Up', 'Rawville', 'Side-Stepper', '4' and 'Medicine Man') they refined and evolved their sound with a progressive approach, shedding the 'retro' label along the way but also retaining the warmth, rawness and soul of their roots. Compiled on ‘Best Of The Tru Thoughts Years’ are 13 songs that shine a light on this evolution – a fitting companion piece for The Bamboos’ 15 Year Anniversary in 2015, and a celebration of one of the most beloved, cherished and respected Soul/Funk bands of the 21st century.