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The Black Seeds

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The Black Seeds

The Black Seeds

Labels are a treacherous thing. They make it easier to organize and market things but they often miss the mark on the true character of a thing. Case in point, New Zealand-based The Black Seeds, who are largely regarded as a contemporary reggae band. What they really are – to paraphrase a line from one of their songs – are major captains in the soul business. The Black Seeds ooze soul, both the kind one knows from radio and the kind one finds with their arms outstretched to the universe, a deep, sexy pulse vibrating within their sound – a most Gnostic groove to be sure. Yes, one picks up on the strains of Black Uhuru and other modern reggae touchstones – this band has a real gift for vibrant dub textures – but also the sway of the Motown’s Funk Brothers and the 70s city funk of the American 70s, not to mention loads of nifty African touches. In some ways, The Black Seeds are a more evolved, even more diverse descendent of revered U.K. funk-jazz pioneers Cymande and the king himself, Bob Marley, who liberally mingled pop and rock into his reggae for a sound with global, near-universal appeal. Slip on the Seeds’ latest platter, Dust And Dirt (released April 10 on Easy Star) and a life force that can’t be denied enters the room, activating dancing feet and loosening muscles as they sway through socially conscious and love fixated territory, nothing offered with heavy hands, their touch smooth and seductive at all times. DI regards The Black Seeds as one of THE bands to watch right now, such is our confidence given how steadily they keep growing with each new step they take.

We fired off DI’s signature questionnaire to Black Seeds’ keyboardist Nigel “Hammondhead “ Patterson and here’s what he had to say.

1. Great music rarely happens without…
Loving what you do and who you are doing it with.
2. The first album I bought was…
Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms
3. The last song or album to really flip my wig was…
Black Renaissance
4. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be…
A rock star.
5. My favorite sort of gig is…
Medium size venue about 600-1,000 capacity – low ceiling, stage big enough to have room but not too big so you can’t hear everyone’s amp and have to rely on monitors. The thing I like the best is when the room heats and the music does the same.
6. One thing I wish people knew about me is…
I’m vegetarian.
7. I love the sound of…
Hammond Organs, Rhodes, Wurlitzers, Steinways, Synthesizers, Gongs, Bamboo Windchimes.
8. One day I hope to make an album as fantastic as…
Donny Hathaway’s Live
9. The best meal I ever had on tour was at…
VG Burgers in Boulder, Colorado
10. I always find the coolest audiences in…
Small obscure venues
11. The worst habit I’ve picked up being on the road all the time is…
Being late.
12. Led Zeppelin or Radiohead, which flips your switch the most and why?
Couldn’t live without either – sorry to sit on the fence
13. The craziest thing I ever saw was…
Watching my Mum with Alzheimer’s go from being a totally cohesive human being to not being able to talk in two years.