Music is enormously diverse these days. The internet has inspired and given way to wonderful, eclectic musicians the world over. Some say we live in a post genre age. This change was evident at The Breakout Club showcase of new bands. A roster of exciting acts with fresh, innovative sounds took to the stage at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, late June.
Dub reggae band George Works were enthralling. The trumpet playing was impressively complex yet melodic. They had everyone on their feet and moving and there was a big mystical, trance like feeling in the small venue. The frontman incorporated short spoken word bits into their set. He sung typical reggae lyrics about spiritual revolution. “This is the last chance to fight for your mind”. An unexpected cover of DnB classic Original Nuttah, was a nice, nostalgic touch.
Mike Prada played indie music with a band. There was a slight gravelly tone to his powerful, unrestrained voice which has led to comparisons to Bruce Springsteen. I think he sounded like Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips. The playing style was stylish, impassioned and moody. Prada certainly knows how to write catchy, rousing songs.
Ruinz Ason shifts back and forth between mainstream and leftfield hip hop. His dapper appearance contradicts his self proclaimed immigration status of being from outer space. There’s grime elements in his music too. He had the audience in the palm of his hand with the chant “I don’t wana hear when…I don’t care about how” – a street life anthem about being on a tight schedule.
FIN81 is a collaborative project. Female rapper MC CO1XALT Concise One mixed social commentary with abstract lyrics, while producer DemDrums created smooth and dreamy musical landscapes. The group also featured the unusual combination of a shredding guitarist and a soul singer.
If music is converging, criss crossing and moving into new vistas at the rate it seems to be, then it’s an exciting time to be alive.