P-Bass Expressway: Snag Bag
By Steph Gray
Recorded live in Christchurch, mixed in Wellington and mastered in LA, ‘Snag Bag’ is the second album from P-Bass Expressway. Named after the Fender Precision Bass - the first electric bass guitar marketed in 1951 - the five-piece funk factory have bought in friends with alto sax, trombone, synths and smooth vocal styles to spice up their recipe of guitar, percussion, keyboards, trumpet and the foresaid P-bass. Largely instrumental, the 12 songs are tight, bright and well-produced - the bass in particular comes through rich and sassy, and listeners will appreciate the attention given to the percussion. And like good poets the Expressway are thoughtful with their silences, leaving pauses in the busy funk that add immeasurably to the songs. At an average of five-minutes long, the songs are not for the impatient and it will be interesting to see if radio play-list some of the lengthier singles - as they should.