Fri Oct 25
Live @ The Armidale Club
Playing their recent debut under a hot sun in the Beardy St Mall for the Sunday market crowd, The Organismics might be said to have been conceived in heat. The name would come later; it was the sound that came first: a vigorous blend of popular pieces from the jazz archives, soul-soaked blues alongside salty r’n’b, and funk favourites beside jazz-rock fusion classics.
Band leader and Hammond Organist extraordinaire, Warwick Dunham, called the band together for what was to be one show. Into centre ring on the Mall stepped the gifted Steve Thornycroft on guitar, the dynamic Woody Woodhouse on saxes, and the energetic Steve Harris on drums. And, in a moment of true serendipity and inspired spontaneity, Ashley Hall, leading local trumpeter, heard the sound and wandered on stage for an impromptu solo. stayed for the set, and signed up with the ensemble. The dynamic worked; the crowd listened; another date was booked and so a name was needed. The Organismics came into being; a new band on the Armidale scene offering a fresh take on classic grooves and dynamic soul sounds.
“Organismics” refers to the interplay between the individual and the ensemble; it also announces the defining role Warwick and his humming Hammond plays in the band’s sound. Come and check this band out at The Armidale Club, 23 August, 8.30pm, and hear them do wickedly interesting things with jazz, latin, funk and soul.