The Seven Ups
Appearing at the Theatre Royal, Sunday 9 June, 10pm
Blending influences from 1970s Nigerian Afrobeat with the deepest of street funk, The Seven Ups are the original seven-piece party band out of Melbourne. Expect unrestrained solos by unkempt horns over an unpretentious rhythm that’s “as tight as they need to be, and as loose as you want them to be” (DJ Miss Goldie, PBS fm).
Releasing their third album, “Commandments” in early 2018 via Northside Records, the tracks are longer, the funk is fuzzier and the trip is deeper.
The Seven Ups’ music has been featured in Wax Poetics (USA), album of the week on PBS fm and Beat magazine, in the top 10 on KEXP (USA) and continues to receive airplay on BBC Radio, KEXP, Triple J, and community radio around the country, plus other novel shit too.
Career highlights for the band so far have included opening for Charles Bradley (USA), The Budos Band (USA), Remi (AUS), and The Bamboos (AUS). Past festivals include Rainbow Serpent, Strawberry Fields, White Night, Moomba, Subsonic, Sydney Road Street Party, Falls Festival and Bello Winter Festival. The crew are looking forward to a big 2019 with Meredith and other great gigs lined up.
“It’s one cracking album. These young Aussies have got the mix between funk and Afro just right" - Craig Charles, BBC Radio
“Makes us remember how much we can love instrumental music." - Wax Poetics, USA
“ The Seven Ups would sound great as a soundtrack to your police chase...these guys are a fun fun band! ” - Chris Gil, RRR fm