Blending infuences from 1970s Nigerian Afrobeat with the deepest of street Funk, The Seven Ups are the original 7-piece party band out of the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Expect unrestrained solos by unkempt horns over an unpretentious rhythm that’s “as tight as they need to be, and as loose as you want them to be” (DJ Miss Goldie, PBS fm).
Of the back of their third album Commandments, the band proves that they’re not trying to prove anything. Released in early 2018 via Northside Records, the tracks are longer, the funk is fuzzier and the trip is deeper.
The Seven Ups music has been featured in Wax Poetics (USA), album of the week on PBS fm and Beat magazine, top 10 on KEXP (USA) and continues to receive airplay on BBC Radio, KEXP, Triple J, and community radio around the country, plus other novel shit too.
Career highlights for the band so far have included opening for Charles Bradley (USA), The Budos Band (USA), Remi (AUS), Babylon Circus (FRA) and The Bamboos (AUS), as well as a string of raucous residencies at Melbourne venues, frequent Australian east coast tours and festival spots at Strawberry Fields, White Night, Moomba, Subsonic, Sydney Road Street Party, Kyneton Music Festival, Bello Winter Festival, Come Together Festival and Folk, Rhythm & Life Festival.