The WBC: Hi-Fidelity Offbeat
By Rachel Fallon
When I first arrived in NZ, going to see the WBC every Thursday night for their jumping residency gig at The Safari Lounge reassured me I wouldn't be devoid of the pleasure of listening to the live ska that I loved so much growing up in the '70s and '80s, back home in the UK. Now I realise these must have been some of the first gigs this band performed together, which is even more impressive. Seven years on and a few successful EPs and member changes later, the eight- piece consistently fronted by singer Matiu Sadd, have independently put together their first full album. Recorded at Venn Productions by Dave Holmes, mastered by Angus McNaughton and distributed by Border Music, 'Hi-Fidelity Offbeat' shows how songwriting collaborations across many genre influences can culminate to create a unique, contemporary sound appealing to anyone up for a dance or a party. Each track has a unique composition, but generally they have blended an upbeat ska tempo and brass section, occasional rock guitar and drums, with energetic vocals, to create a quality piece of work.