Extra Time For Extra Golden
"I am hoping that our Kenyan members can spend more time in the U.S.," guitarist Ian Eagelson says. "We always work under tight time constraints and I think the band could develop in new directions if we had a more normal existence. In order to play we have overcome many hurdles that bands living in the same place do not, such as immigration and travel expenses."
Their latest album Thank You Very Quickly benefits from having been recorded at the end of a three-month tour. Kenyan benga is still a big part of the band's guitar boogie, but side trips into swamp rock and Ethiopian grooves suit the band well. Most of all, the recording benefits from the mutual exchange of ideas made possible by touring.
"Performing with other bands has exposed [Kenyan members] to different ways of playing," says Eagleson. "In Kenya drummers are not lauded so much, so [drummer Onyango Wuod Omari] has seen that in a rock context he can stretch out more than providing a constant dance beat." Eagleson and Minoff in turn have learned a great deal of stagecraft from playing shows with African legends such as Baaba Maal. "One of the nice things about this band is that we can tour on traditional rock circuits but also do something like the African Soul Rebels tour. As music fans' taste and trends change all the time maybe it can help to be an anomaly and be flexible in terms of how people perceive your identity."
NewsMar 26, 2015
Andreya Triana Reflects on Struggles That Led to 'Giants'
It's been nearly a half-decade since Andreya Triana dropped her auspicious debut, Lost Where I Belong, but the South London soul songstress ...
FeaturesMar 24, 2015
Lightning BoltStrike Again
It's a story blown out of proportion throughout history — a once legendary underground band enters a real recording studio, switches r...
FeaturesMar 24, 2015
Action BronsonThe Exclaim! Questionnaire
Action Bronson is rap's Mr. Wonderful. Since independently emerging on the hip-hop scene in 2011, after making the drastic decision to leave...
FeaturesMar 20, 2015
Cancer BatsMourning Glory
"Too many friends died this year," screams Cancer Bats frontman Liam Cormier at the end of "Arsenic in the Year of the Snake," a track that ...