SYDNEY band The Vampires will be at The Loft in O’Connor tonight, marking the release of their fourth studio album “Tiro.”Billed as “a unique blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae, romantic Afro-Peruvian, danceable Afro-Cuban, exotic Balkan and all-out funk-laden Afrobeat,” the band claims to have defied most genres and have wrought a style of their own.
With three alums behind them—“South Coasting,” “Chellowdene” and “Garfish”, they’ve appeared in recent years at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Peats Ridge Festival and the Sydney Opera House.
The band’s saxophonist and composer, Jeremy Rose, says the new album is “taking a new direction for the group,” adding that it draws on his recent travels and musical studies in Greece and Cuba.
The album has also been influenced by fellow Vampires member Nick Garbett’s travels to the Pacific island of Palau and to Colombia, and Alex Boneham’s time in Rome.
The Vampires, at The Loft, The Vampires, Cnr Sargood and Macpherson Street
O’Connor, 8.30pm, October 31, tickets at the door