Friday, March 23, 2012

Late night groove series featuring Ladywood and Speekeasy 11.30pm tonight at The Ellington


If "The Jam" fell under a genre of music, then the group "Speekeasy" would be the first to use it to describe their style of music.

Based in Perth, WA, "Speekeasy" consists of Rae (MC, vocalist, producer, musician), Sam (musician, vocalist), and Hyclass (MC, DJ, songwriter) who have been together as a crew for almost five years. The group is truly a family affair, having come together after working on their own muical endeavours to form a tight jam collective.

This arrangement allows each member to bounce and blend their individual tastes to create live up-tempo beats, strong originals and thrown together bits and pieces to showcase their ubnique musical perormance.

Followed up with the sounds are colourful themes of lyrical content, ranging from personal matters of the heart to cheeeky everyday topics, and everything else inbetween.

The fusion of all this and the hip hop, soul, funk and reggae sound borrowings have also allowed the group to spread themselves quite respectfully across the board on the local music scene.


Emerged only November 2011, Ladywood are a new 6-piece soul outfit on Perth's original music scene
SOUND: Drawing much from influences such as; Erykah Badu, Corinne Bailey-Rae, India Arie and Lauryn Hill, Ladywood can easily be slid into the neo-soul genre. The sound is smooth and easily lends itself to hip hop, soul and roots. Two back up singers provide a well-woven tapestry of harmonies, a perfect canvas for the storyteller songwriting style.

Ladywood is fronted by Farren Wood. Previous musical achievements include; singer/writer for 'The Bigness' (WAM nominee for best funk act 2009) as well as recognition in her own original endeavours (nominee in WAM song of the year 2010). The band is made up of familiar faces on the music scene; John Brown (The Accumulated Gestures, The Co-Lab band, Big Old Bears,The Amani Consort), Andrew James Williams (The Empty Cup Band, James Teague, Namoowolf Downs) and John Leotta (Upskirt Shazaam), with Geetha Periakarpan and Carrie Pereira on vocals.

So what started as an idea, red wine and diary scribblings, has now become Ladywood- and with tracks written to the sounds of local producer Rae, and a track by Dazastah, they're off to a smooth start...

Click here for tickets before 4pm or at the door tonight

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