East Row Rabble delivers a slick mix of funk, ska, blues and soul with heavenly horn lines that will get your booty shakin' and your feet shuffling. Addressing a mixture of world issues and daily curiosities, Ben Drysdale’s songs explore the many, varied, and often conflicting elements of any situation with honesty, hope, and a little cheekiness.
East Row Rabble have just released their third single One for the Kokonut, which has been charting on Triple J Unearthed since coming out March 23rd. Rabble lead singer, Ben Drysdale, wrote One for the Kokonut as a tribute to a dear friend, Alison who sadly passed from Breast Cancer at the young age of 29. Drysdale and Alison Colclough, who he endearingly referred to as Ali Koko, travelled up and down the coast of Australia going to festivals, dancing with gypsies, drinking cheap wine on beaches and loving life. One for the Kokonut celebrates good times with good friends through a groovy, funk-pop rhythm, heartfelt lyrics and reggae breakdowns.
After playing around Canberra and the East Coast of Australia in a number of acts (most recently Beth n Ben) over the last 12 years, Drysdale has now launched this new dream outfit with some of his favourite players from Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Three Quarters Hazel, Moochers Inc, and Betty Alto. 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.