Fat Freddy’s Drop – An underground sound fusion, combining funk, reggae, and skank; and if you have yet to hear of them, then my sympathies go out to you.
The seven-piece extravaganza formed in New Zealand in the 1990s, though it was until the mid-2000s that their genre-mixing skills really started to receive commercial recognition. The band is known for their eccentric, lively, and, at times, improvised live performances and their 2018 gig at Glasgow’s Barrowlands was no disappointment. Supported by the talented and beautiful Ladi6, a fellow New Zealander and hip hop artist, the night was unforgettable.
It had been a dreary week in Glasgow, rain filling the days and extra layers becoming a must. But as a clear evening struck the city, Fat Freddy’s Drop created a storm. The crowd’s anticipation for the band was immense. Everywhere – smiles, laughs, toe-tappers, hand clappers, leg lifters, and hip shakers. It is a rare atmosphere to be in when every person in space seems to be enjoying themselves. Even if one had attended to the night’s gig as their first experience of FFD, one would have left sweat-drenched, legs worked-out, and wanting to tell anything with an ear about their night.