The Black Seeds are growing Down Under

THEY might come from Down Under, but if there’s one thing reggae-funk stalwarts The Black Seeds understand, it’s how to get up on the good foot.

The last time the New Zealanders ‘got down’ in the Capital was in 2009 at the HMV Picture House. This time, however, keyboardist Nigel Patterson reckons the smaller Liquid Room will prove to be a much funkier, more intimate affair.

“Personally, I prefer smaller clubs,” he says. “There is something that feels really good when a venue gets hot and sweaty. I think it makes for better music. Plus you can always guarantee that the Scottish audience are going to be up for a good time. They are always very vocal in their support.”

Formed in 1998, and promoting their new album Dust And Dirt, the double platinum-selling quintet’s music is perfectly suited to dirty disco floors.

“The initial reviews and the general public reaction to the new album seem very positive,” says Patterson. “I think the album is a natural progression of the band and people are really picking up on that – and liking it.”

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    So, what can anyone attending who enjoy a good boogie, but aren’t too familiar with TBS’s shows expect at tomorrow’s gig?

    “A funky, upbeat, dancey show which swings from reggae to funk and everything in between,” promises Patterson.

    Hailing from Wellington, it’s worth mentioning that the Kiwis once boasted Bret McKenzie among their number, before he went on to become one half of international award-winning comedy duo, Flight Of The Conchords.

    Regardless of the loss, The Black Seeds are about as chilled and laid-back as a memory-foam mattress. A bit like Bob Marley and The Wailers jamming with James Brown on a lazy summer afternoon.


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    Don’t take our word for it, though. Asked to sum up his band in three words, Patterson tells it like it is, “Infectious. Groovy. Awesome.”

    Don’t doubt it.

    The Black Seeds, Liquid Room, Victoria Street, tomorrow, 7pm, £12.50, 0131-225 2564