Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Katchafire - Revival
King Marley descended upon the land of New Zealand only once in 1978, and his righteous delivery and powerful presence at his one-time show forever changed the direction of the Kiwi music scene. His timeless messages perhaps resonated the most with the indigenous people of the land, the displaced and dispirited Maori. Ever since, buoyant reggae has been a staple export of Kiwi culture, defined perhaps best by the surfing town of Hamilton and its offspring, Katchafire. The LP Revival draws heavy influence from Nesta's Kaya and Steel Pulse's Tribute and takes a kaleidoscopic approach to roots. The eight-piece band is driven by the multi-talented songwriters and crooners Logan Bell (guitar) and Jamey Ferguson (keys and saxophone). Both can consistently be counted on for creating a lovers heavy atmosphere with sing-along tunes and bouncy riddims. Revival starts of heavy with the rolling bass lines and key stabs of "Reggae Revival" and "Get Away," slows with the dreamy lovers rock of "Who You With" and "Colour Me Life," then reaches the peak of its majestic powers with the vibraphone-tinged "Collie Herb Man,"' the heavenly "Seriously," and the organ-drenched funk of "Bounce."