Monday 5th May, 2014
Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Snarky Puppy carried their infectious, powerhouse grooves across the ocean to a sold out crowd at Brighton’s Coalition nightclub and they lapped it up. Though not the greatest live performance venue, the band didn’t seem perturbed and delivered without reservation. Bandleader and bass player Michael League had a real presence on stage and is a master of taking hold of the music and controlling its direction, letting solos run their musical course and dropping the bands trademark dirty grooves in all the right places.
The music is often technically demanding with some heavy syncopation and one thing that struck me was the apparent ease with which the band played through or over these sections. They kept the crowd bobbing their heads through irregular patterns and riffs, all masterfully realized and locked in tight by the formidable drummer Robert Searight and percussionist Nate Worth whose chemistry showed a real passion for the music.
Without doubt one of the best groups I’ve seen to date and one that I will definitely be seeing again. 10/10
(Snarky Puppy appear at the Love Supreme Festival near Glynde on Saturday 5th July, 2014.)