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Published March 2nd 2013
FOOD play the type of music that is food for the soul
Music is one of life's many sweet indulgences and can literally turn a grey sky blue. And although I like music a lot and listen to it everyday of my life, I'm going to be honest and confess, I don't know a lot (if anything) about the technical side of music (notes, different types of instruments etc etc). But I do know three important things. Firstly, music either sounds good or bad. Secondly, there is something about live music that invigorates the spirit. And thirdly, the band F.O.O.D do the previous two exceptionally well, playing good live music, leaving your spirit happily invigorated.
F.O.O.D (aka Forged Out of Dust) are a six-piece band that have been touring Brisvegas for approximately a year now. I was lucky enough to catch one of their gigs the other evening at Elephant and Arms in Fortitude Valley. Arriving on a quiet Wednesday night for dinner with a friend, we weren't expecting anything out of the ordinary. We knew live music was due, but we were more interested in our good-looking five-dollar steak dinner. But as soon as they started to play, we were pleasantly surprised.
The band members vary in ages, anywhere from roughly late twenties to late fifties, and although the band is relatively new, the musicians themselves are from a variety of musical backgrounds, with each member having at least ten years experience. From the technical point of view, of which I was later informed, they had the full setup – mixer, electric guitars, drums, foldback speakers and even a harmonica. This allows them to play a range of music, with their overall sound being more in the field of chilled out, rather than your average noisy, assault your ears with harsh lyrics kind of band.
In terms of genre, we found it hard to categorise them because each song was so unique, with a different sound. Instead I would say they cross multiple genres such as blues, soft rock, jazz and various other sub-genres. It was kind of nice not to have the same type of song sung over and over. Plus they had some pretty spot on, engaging lyrics. Overall I think their sound is not one that can be pigeon holed, which makes for some great and genuinely original music.
If this has sparked your curiosity, as it would mine, your in luck because they do have some samples of their music online here via the Jango website. But please note these are just samples of the real deal, with only lead vocals, a rhythm guitarist and a drummer being featured. The music online probably falls more into the category of a live demo and whilst still good, the real deal is even better.
And lets face it, there really is nothing quite like the real deal, of which you're further in luck because F.O.O.D play a range of gigs all over town, from the Ipswich Markets through to their local hub at The Palace Hotel at Woody Point. They are also taking part of Scorcher Fest on Sunday 28th April at the Spring Hill Hotel. For more information on their upcoming gigs be sure to follow their Facebook page here.
F.O.O.D play to share their life experiences through their original music, making their gigs something worth getting in on. After all, it could turn your grey sky blue.