After two years in the making, Canberra funksters East Row Rabble released their debut self-titled EP to a sold out crowd at The Polish Club in Canberra on June 22nd. The Rabble is now hitting the road in July for a series of shows to promote the release. The tour includes band shows in Sydney and Wollongong and duo shows in Lismore, Maroochydore, and Yandina before the Rabble return to Canberra for a homecoming gig supporting Tijuana Cartel.
The final single from the EP “Good for Me” has been aired on Triple J Roots n All and community radio stations across VIC, NSW, QLD, SA and WA; and has been featured on radio and in blogs in the US and the UK. The track is an upbeat blues-rock love song with dynamic snaps and dirty horn jams. Rabble front man Ben Drysdale actually used the song to propose to his wife on the hills overlooking Queensland’s Glasshouse Mountains underneath the giant “Woodfordia” sign at the Woodford folk festival.
The EP delivers the same slick mix of funk, reggae, blues and soul with upbeat party horn lines that fans have come to love from the seven-piece Canberra collective. Addressing a mixture of world issues and daily curiosities, Drysdale’s songs explore the many, varied, and often conflicting elements of any situation with honesty, hope, and a little cheekiness.
The band was named East Row Rabble as a tip of the hat to one of Canberra’s longest running live music venues where most of the members cut their musical teeth, The Phoenix, which is situated on East Row and renowned for its “alternative” patronage.