Album: Man On Fire
Label: Self Released
Boogie Patrol are burning bright with the release of their 4th album. This five piece are undeniably on fire with this up-beat funk, boogie-woogie, blues and soul offering, guaranteed to get you shuffling in your seat or have you running to the nearest dance floor.
Boogie Patrol have been playing together since 2007 and it certainly shows. Their sound is tight as a drum and funky as James Browns’ dancing shoes. The bands are a festival favourite across Canada and I can understand why. The driving rhythm, funky bass, screaming horns and soulful vocals transport you back in time to a disco and funk fuelled party that Boogie Patrol are keeping alive.
The high-end production sounds slick, as you would expect from this style of music, the layered backing vocals and catchy horn motifs tie the overall sound together nicely while the bass and drums of Nigel Gale and Emmet VanEtten provide a solid, infectious groove. Rott’n Dans’ harmonica playing on ‘Shaker Down Below’ is wonderfully soulful and I personally could have heard more harmonica playing peppered throughout the album (don’t worry there’s plenty, it just sounds so good). The songs are strong and walk a fine line between sounding like they could have been recorded alongside Otis Redding and James Brown records and sounding hi fidelity enough to really sing when turned up loud on a modern hi-fi (my neighbours are now Boogie Patrol converts). The guitar sounds from Yuji Ihara and Chad Holtzman are cool and laid back with some exceptional flurries of fret dancing solos.
Lyrics are mostly concerned with lovin’, the blues and then a little more lovin’, with some entertaining euphemisms and ad-libbing going on. I did wonder exactly who Randy was from the track ‘Let’s Get Randy’.
It’s familiar in terms of genre and not a ground breaking musical exploration but it never claims to be. If you’re going to play funk, blues and soul you’re competing with the greats so you had better be exceptional. Luckily Boogie Patrol assuredly are. So if you’re feeling down and need to get on up, Boogie Patrol have got just the medicine. And there’s no harm in doubling your dose.
Boogie Patrol play across Alberta throughout November, visit their website or Facebook for details. ‘Man On Fire’ is available now from iTunes.
Bejamin William Pike