Q&A Scene: Cookin’ on 3 Burners

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

After picking up the Music Victoria award for Best Soul / RnB album of 2014 (Blind Bet), Cookin’ On 3 Burners have been slaving over hot coals, chopping riffs and frying up the tastiest of breaks. The result? A brand new Funk 45, served hot and cooked just right. For the vocal A-Side, Tex’s voice soars letting us know that indeed for the protagonist, “The Writing’s On The Wall” in a track that is part open letter and part intimate warning. The B-Side responds in the traditional Cookin’ on 3 Burners trio format, paying homage to The Cruel Sea in the shape of a dirty breakbeat instrumental version of the classic “Black Stick”. In true Burners fashion it’s all live and full of vibe – the drums are super tight, the Hammond swells and screams and the guitar twangs like a boss.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
A funky, flavoursome home cooked stew like your mumma used to make with some unexpected spices thrown in to give you that extra kick to keep you dancing.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?

Our songs are our babies and we try to love them all equally, however…. our first born 45 single “Gravel Rash” set the template for our sound.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

The space between the beats, the bass and the melody

What’s next for you?
After touring throughout November with Tex Perkins and Stella Angelico we are super keen to get back in the studio, heat up the tape machine and finish off our seventh album – it’s gonna be a cracker!
What’s your scene?

We are at home serving up hot funk and sweet soul at a block party for the b-boys, the boomers, the soul aficionados, the party rockers and you!

Cookin’ on 3 Burners play The BUREAU: Sidney Myer Music Bowl’s First All In, End-of-Year Break-up on 11th December 2015.For more information, visit The Bureau ~Melbourne’s newest boutique festival, fusing the city’s much-celebrated music and food cultures.

Cookin’ on 3 Burners

Cookin’ On 3 Burners are Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ Trio – joining the dots between Deep Funk, Raw Soul, Organ Jazz & Boogaloo.

Listening to Cookin’ On 3 Burners is like poking your head through a time portal that stretches between the year you were born and the middle of next week.

On one hand there are clues to a spiritual home that’s situated somewhere in the back streets of 1966, but on the other is a reinvented soul stew that’s very much a product of the 21st Century.

Formed in 1997, Cookin’ On 3 Burners was always meant to be an experiment in sound. Drenched in the bluesy soulful influence of the late 60?s/early 70?s output of labels such as Prestige, Bluenote & Groove Merchant, these Melbourne music stalwarts began serving up a feast of tasty funk on a bed of Hammond soul, creating a flavour that gets better with every lick of the spoon.

In 2002 they released their first 7” single (Gravel Rash / Pie Warmer) under the Bamboo Shack label and by the summer of 2009, the band was number 1 on the UK iTunes RnB charts with the track This Girl (featuring Kylie Auldist). In between, Cookin’ On 3 Burners, made their home at esteemed U.K label Freestyle Records, rocked the B-Boy and B-Girl championships, had songs featured on a string of hit TV shows and played alongside acts such as Quantic, Alice Russell, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Fat Freddie’s Drop.

And the heat just keeps on rising.

Six albums in and their new album Blind Bet more than delivers. Described as ‘classic soul sounds with a modern cinematic twist’, it features beautiful string and horn arrangements by Ross Irwin and special guest vocalists Daniel Merriweather, Tex Perkins, Kylie Auldist, Harry James Angus (Cat Empire) and Jason Heerah (Electric Empire)

If you haven’t seen Cookin’ on 3 Burners live, you’re in for a treat. Grab your over gloves and join the band as they celebrate the future sound of yesterday.

“Still on the button and tighter than a mosquito’s tweeter. Watch out…the Burners are back!”
Craig Charles Funk & Soul BBC Radio 6 (U.K)

“This will be massive – possibly the best new Soul record this year … 100% Essential” ?Gary Dennis (Crazy Beat Records)

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