In short, if you’re going to play on the same stage as Toots & the Maytals you’ve got to be bloody good right? In fact, you have to be better than that. You have to have something that will leave the crowd remembering you. You have to have something that sets you apart from what everyone else is doing. How do you do this? Ignore what everyone else is doing because comparing yourself to anything and everyone else around you kills your self-esteem. Or something like that. I really don’t think I’ve had enough sleep and I’m still not over seeing Uh Huh Her on Tuesday. Anyway, I’ve found something else to shift my focus.
Yes Sir Boss are signed to Joss Stone’s label, Stone’d Records. I’ve loved her ever since I heard her cover of Fell In Love With A Boy/Girl. I hate covers usually, but I loved her immediately. It isn’t about her, I know. But you can have that as a casual fact of the day.
Yes Sir Boss have this strange (the good kind) funk sound to their music. There’s something powerful about them. Is it the horns? Is it the riffs that blow your mind and feel like something is erupting in your ears? Probably both to be honest. I didn’t know my speakers could go this loud, I think I’ve destroyed them. That’s a good thing though.
There’s this INSANE breakdown during Not Guilty. I kept going back to that part and playing it over and over. I don’t know what it is, but I just wanted to keep hearing it over and over. I get like that sometimes. Find a part in a song that just leaves me in awe and I ignore everything else. I’ll stop doing it one day, I guess.
Some background. The band formed at Darlington Arts College then moved to Bristol, and they’re pretty much-loved down there. But it’s now time that the love expanded. The lead singer, even by just hearing his voice on record makes you feel as if he has this amazing stage presence. The way he sings with such clarity and character makes you want to see their live shows.
I’m not into lumping a band into a genre or some pretentious sub-genre. What’s the point? That just encourages the music snobs to come out and play. I say play, but they’d probably turn their nose up and say..”it doesn’t sound like this art band I know from *insert some place that is probably made up*”
Yes Sir Boss are different to anything around. If you love anything that sounds a bit ska, reggae..or just makes you feel good then check them out.
Their new EP, Desperation State comes out 7th May, and they are playing an album launch show at the Fiddlers club in Bristol on 5th May.