The Cactus Channel

with Ben Panucci and Broken Mountain

Friday 24 February 2017 (opening 8:00 PM)

at Captain Cook Hotel ( venue info )
1/162 Flinders st, Paddington NSW


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18+ $13.80 Online sales have closed. Tickets will be sold on the door if still available.

Chemically speaking, the best way to speed up a reaction is to invite change and introduce an outside force: light, heat, movement. As The Cactus Channel know full well, the same goes with sound — introducing change compels a composition forward, as it rises, falls, peaks and boils.

As frenetic rhythms build only to fall away, and melodies loop, dive, and stutter, The Cactus Channel make

music that both functions on and demands reaction. 2017 finds the band shape-shifting again, welcoming

guest vocals from Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music, My Own Pet Radio) on the first release of what promises

to be a big year.

Until recently, The Cactus Channel were easily introduced as integral members of the Soul music scene that quietly flourishes in Melbourne. Well-known for the kind of musicianship and compositional skills fundamental to making compelling instrumental music, The Cactus Channel are equal parts sharp and scruffy, at turns loose and languid, then electric and rhythmic.

The band formed in high school, united by shared interests and a shared sense of humour — a love of soulmusic and the kind of hip hop, jazz, and alternative releases that spring from it, meant that from the beginning The Cactus Channel have prided themselves not just on eclecticism, but on the constant sharing of influences among their members.

The band were signed in their formative years to Melbourne soul mainstay HopeStreet Recordings and

recorded their much beloved debut, Haptics. Sophomore release Wooden Boy in 2014 saw the band’s

shifting sound cemented: spooky and cinematic, arid and augmented, and decidedly difficult to pin down.

“Soul” slowly became too small a word to encompass the band’s output, as traditional horn lines gave way to twisting parts that oscillated between overblown and understated, and a rhythm section that prided itself onmoments that make a listener stop and take stock, partly unnerved and partly overjoyed.

By 2015 The Cactus Channel had two albums, and national tours under their belts when they were approached by Nick Murphy (AKA Chet Faker) to collaborate on one-off release Kill The Doubt / SleepingAlone. The band’s first recorded foray into working with a vocalist, it proved yet another avenue for the band to introduce diverse sonic textures into their arrangements. This year they have collaborated closely with Sam Cromack on an EP that treads a thin line between alt-soul and the best of indie pop, swimming in compelling atmospherics and deftly weaving Cromack’s rich, drawling vocal and disarming, meditative lyrics through the band’s typically intuitive arrangements.

Solidifying their lineup of seven members, The Cactus Channel’s music will undoubtedly continue to shift and change, as action-reaction proves the perfect formula to keep the band, and their listeners, on their toes.

This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18's only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*