Cactus Channel the 10 piece funk juggernaut that counts the Dap Kings’ Tom Brenneck and soul legend Charles Walker as fans, have released their long awaited debut album"Haptics" and announced a national tour to boot!
Back in 2009, the founding members of The Cactus Channel were already jamming on some classic soul feels, tripping on Eddie Bo, James Brown and their contemporaries, and using words like “Boss” and “Cat” while trying to make it through year 10 in 21st Century Australia.
What began as experimentation in Junior Stage Band developed into outright insubordination in Senior Jazz Ensemble and by 2011 The Cactus Channel were an out of control ten piece funk orchestra with the momentum of a runaway train. Like all good 21st century kids and members of the iTunes generation The Cactus Channel discovered the sexy 70's velvet funk sounds of Eddie Bo and James Brown the internet.
No matter what year it is, or sounds like it is, this record is great. From triple j Unearthed to FatBeats Records in NYC, people all over the joint love this band. The Cactus Channel deliver with the super heavy full length debut LP. Haptics. It's is chock full of deep funk, jazzed-up soul and boogaloo hits, hard grooves and one strong track after another.
Catch them at the following dates and places;
LAUNCESTON: Friday 24th August - Junction Arts Festival.
BRISBANE: Friday 21st September - X&Y Bar w/ Kerbside Collection & DJ Danny Cool. $15/$12
SURFERS PARADISE: Saturday 22nd September – Swingin’ Safari w/ DJs TBA. $10 at the door.
BYRON BAY: Sunday 23rd September – Buddha Bar w/ local DJs. Free entry, starts 3pm.
BULLI, NSW: Thursday 27th September - The Heritage Hotel w/ Rocking Horse & The Baby Dolls. $12 at the door.
SYDNEY: Friday 28th September - GOODGOD Small Club w/ DJs Obliveous, Frenzie, JC (Funkdafied) + Thomas Crown. Tickets $15 on sale now from Moshtix. Presented by Funkdafied.
CANBERRA: Saturday 29th September - Transit Bar.
MELBOURNE: Friday 12th October - Ding Dong Lounge.
ADELAIDE: Saturday 13th October - Rocket Bar.
They are soooooo awesome and sooooo young. Check it.