cactus45Funk 45 of the Month
Jan. 2011

The Cactus Channel :
“Pepper Snake”  bw. “The Dap”

This month’s feature 45 is the debut single from Melbourne-based high school band ‘The Cactus Channel’. Hailing from Princes Hill High, and with an average age of 17, this 10-piece outfit is not your typical funk band.  Despite their young age, The Cactus Channel kids deliver a sound that is tight and authentic, and the production on both tunes is pretty tidy as well. Limited press of 500 units so don’t miss your chance to grab one of these.
Cactus Channel will be performing live at Northside this Saturday (Jan. 29). The instore is to launch the new single and will feature the full band, plus a DJ spot from DJ Manchild, and the obligatory funky sneakers of Chris “Pepper Snake” Gill. The band will destroy lower Gertrude St. from 3pm onwards, and it’s going to be a party vibe all day. If you’re planning a quiet lunch at Birdman Eating – forget it. The funk is comin’ to town.

Here’s Chris’ earlier review of the new 45:
“A PROUD DAY FOR AUSTRALIA. The FIRST ever funky high school Aussie 45!!!! In fact one of the funkiest EVER Aussie 45’s. Cactus Channel are an ever growing 9+ piece funk band outta Princess Hill High School, in the Northside of Melbourne. These guys have been playing together for years now and have a great understanding together. This 45 lays down an original track PEPPER SNAKE that starts out with a rocking groove, Chicken scratch guitar open on a rolling beat and then horn stabs let you know where your feet should be. Great guitar solo and the horns baby the horns. Its all super tight and sounds just right. The b Side is a great version of the Porgy Jones New Orleans classic “The Dap”. Once again the band is unstoppable, its a classic New Orleans sound they OWN! And it’s a perfect song to match with their youthful strut they got! A great bass / drums breakdown in the middle, this is an AWESOME 45, well done! Recently some of them went to the Truth and Soul studios in Brooklyn to get a feel for more soul, look out for good things to come!”

Cactus Channel on myspace

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