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Thursday, Jun 05 2014 | 21:30
Image: 1588633 The Spandettes are a fiercely energetic disco band hailing from Toronto, Canada. Drawing inspiration from jazz-funk, soul and rock-steady, their original music combines a classic 70’s disco approach with a fresh and contemporary edge. The band’s leading ladies, Alex Tait (co-producer of the album), Maggie Hopkins and Lizzy Clarke lead this dynamic 10-piece outfit through musical terrain that balances sugary sweet vocal stylings, air-tight horn passages and hard hitting grooves from their stellar rhythm section.

Their debut album Spandex Effect is a celebration of empowerment and liberation. The songwriting team within the band always seeks to push the envelope of whatever subject they are exploring, combining tongue-in-cheek playfulness with deeply raw emotion. “A lot of what we write dances that line between romantic and totally sarcastic and dry.” The first single from the album, “Sweet & Saccharine”, was released in summer 2013 and generated a buzz in the global dance music community. It was played by Gilles Peterson of BBC Radio 6, KCRW in L.A, and spent 8 weeks on J-Wave Radio Tokyo’s influential Tokio Top 100 chart.

In a musical landscape where trends come and go like the wind, the timeless sound of The Spandettes truly stands out among the rest. “Our greatest influence as a band is undoubtedly the Pointer Sisters. We adore how they jump from genre to genre so effortlessly, which is something we love to do. We call ourselves a disco band for simplicity, but we also play jazz, soul, RnB, and funk. Basically, if you can dance to it, we play it.”

The spirit of their music celebrates individuality, and everyone is invited to join their party - “sequins for all people equal”.

Tracklisting

1. Let's Go to the Beac
2. Dig Deeper
3. Waking Dreams
4. Hunk of Heaven
5. Sweet & Saccharine
6. Calendar Girl
7. Automatic
8. Donnie the Disco Commie
9. Shine a Smile
10. Sweet & Saccharine (Whiskey Barons Remix) Available from 16.05.2014
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