Live Instores with The Seven Ups and The Meltdown

Two days – two shows – two smoking hot new releases – too cool…

Get down on Friday night (Feb. 20) with The Seven Ups for the new album launch party, and then on Saturday (Feb. 21) get up to the sounds of The Meltdown, launching their new single “Better Days” on HopeStreet Recordings.

THE SEVEN UPS – After kicking around the Melbourne scene for the last three years, 7-piece Afro-Funk combo, The Seven Ups, will be releasing their debut, self-titled album. Having already released two 7inch singles, the album showcases the breadth of the bands sound through 10-tracks of blistering Afrobeat and Funk, with hints of Soul, Jazz and Rock.Co-produced by Tristan Ludowyk (Bombay Royale, Cactus Channel, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra), this album is old-school gritty-funk, recorded the way it should be. Career highlights for the band so far have included opening for Charles Bradley (USA), Babylon Circus (FRA) and The Bamboos (AUS), as well as a string of raucous residencies at Melbourne venues and a wild set at Folk, Rhythm & Life Festival. LIVE AT NORTHSIDE ON FRIDAY NIGHT 6pm

THE MELTDOWN – There are a lot of soul revival bands around, but the Meltdown’s angle is different – Simon is pretty country and Lachlan is pretty country too. It’s got a bit of that Ray Charles country via gospel thing, and little taste of dirty blues too. Echoes of towns like Euroa and Avenel, where the boys grew up, or just artistic license? It’s a big, bold, brassy band of twangy guitars, bumping backbeats and swinging New Orleans shuffles. Then there’s that voice. As sweet as honey. It’s soul, but it’s country too and something else indefinable; like you heard it before but don’t know where… Introducing “Better Days.” The Meltdown’s first release on HopeStreet Recordings. LIVE AT NORTHSIDE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON at 1pm



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