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The Bakery

November 24, 2008

(No, it isn’t all about bread and dough, but The Bakery are an awesome funk & soul 11 piece from Sydney. Below is a piece which I wrote for Music Feeds, a new street press here in Sydney with a website component as well, that is all about featuring and nurturing articles about Sydney acts.)

Rising with goodness and fibre and delivering healthy funk fuelled food music bread is The Bakery, a collective of creative sorts who have donned their aprons and rolling up a brand of tasty doughy funk. But all shitty puns about food and bread aside, the band are heading one of the crop of groove merchants amongst other large-membered bands like The Fuji Collective and Rumpunch infiltrating our fine city.

And what a large membered (*ahem*) band they are! 11 in total all making songs that include lyrics like “my balls swing from side to side..” and “you ride your women tough like you ride your horse…” which feature in the track Balls. The brashness is very much there with everyone in the band on this track, yet despite this, you also can hear The Bakery bring forth a soulful, funky, danceable sound on a track like Way Back which gets you up from that boring chair and dancing around.

When catching up with Jesse and Emily from the band, we learn that they keep themselves grounded (as many musicians do in this town) with the well loved day job. For drummer Jesse, he couriers packages around town. “I do deliver people sometime, across the border and that kind of thing. Sometimes I move mexicans over to Marrickville! I try to bring some of them to shows, (but people) won’t recognise them, cause they’ll more be looking like Vampires *laughs*. People can be kissed by a Mexican and shit at our shows!”

With that kind of attitude to work, you can tell that music seems to be on Jesse’s mind quite a bit “My life is about working as little as possible so that it doesn’t interfere with my music. Of course, sometimes I need money to buy stuff (for the band) like the costumes for The Mexicans, so one only really works with another fairly well”. Ahh gotta love those drummers. They always have the awesome crazy ideas for bands!

Looking at the gear they get into when on stage, the band members probably would have Mexicans fit right in! they really go all out with feathers, masks and the odd bunny suit. So, aside from plans of bring sombrero wearing props to the stage, the band do sometimes go about the serious side of actually making awesome funky music. Emily chimes in with the process of how they make their tunes, despite being a huge band. “Generally it is very democratic. We vote on ideas! We start with 30 people putting ideas in and in the end we get 10 people throwing their hat in but in the end it all just comes down to me!”.

All that hard work of formulating songs and the working negotiation that goes into it does end up in a doing exactly what they love in the end, as Jesse explains – “Were kind of gearing up for the summer madness that are the Summer gigs. Lotsa losta gigs, a north coast tour in January and a few fest. We’re busy as well and were lovin it! We play cause we love it. So the more we get to do it the more we get to well… love it.”

The run of dates which The bakery have in the next few weeks over the Chrissy / New Year period really show that they are ones to not let up in doing the hard yards for the music. The band are spending their festive season in the North Coast of NSW, playing at both those stapled haunts in Byron Bay – The Great Northern & Nimbin Hotels. This is sure to get them the sun and surf they need which emulates the brightness of their music. But will the extended time away cause shifts between the large collective – “Sometimes we box to sort out certain conflict. Getting physical to sort things out sometimes is the way to go.” Olivia Newton John Style maybe? “Yeah it’s possible.” Jesse laughs.

The Bakery are playing with a huge line of local funky crews like King Farook, Ray Mann Three & Rumpunch at Romp! It all happens at The Factory in Erskinville on Friday 5th December.

The Bakery – “Balls” (mp3)
The Bakery website
The Bakery myspace

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