LABJACD comprises of band members Declan Jones, Adam King, Julian Langdon, Tristan Ludowyk, Luis Poblete, Cristian Saavedra, Julian Scheffer, Alfie Vielma and Andy Williamson. Incorporating a DJ ripping it up on the decks with Saxophone, Trumpet, Drums, Double Bass, Tres, Piano, Guitar and some more exotic instruments such as the Charango, Zamponas, Bata, Balinese Gamelan and Congas, Labjacd are truly unique. The diversity of the instruments played is mirrored by the array of cultures within the band. The three MCs who front the band sing in both Spanish and English giving off a distinctly Latino sound that is a mixture of Andean and Latin styles such as Salsa and Cumbia.
Two years in the making, ‘Words Out’ it is the follow up to their debut album ‘Vote With Your Feet’ (2006). Recorded with assistance from John Butler’s JB Seed program, ‘Vote With Your Feet’ went on to receive a vote of confidence from the critics. Labeled as ‘Breathtakingly Original’ (Time Off Magazine), ‘An excellent debut album’ (Inpress) and ‘Good. Funky Latino beats, and bitten off, yet cruisy-as-hell lyrics’ (Beat Magazine) the music buying public also lapped it up laying a good foundation for the band to head back into the studio and record their latest offering.
‘Words Out’ sees the band take their music to a slightly darker more political pathway without jeopardising any of the crowd bouncing dance friendly goodness. Inspired partly by the greater African musical diaspora, Latin American styles, Afro-Beat and Reggae, in recording ‘Words Out’ the band adopted a radically different approach to their previous releases by recording tracks in a vast array of different locations using different techniques. Some of the dirtier, darker sounding tracks (most notably Para El Pueblo) were recorded live with an expanded fifteen piece version of the band in a single r oom, capturing the live energy of the group in full flight. Other tracks such as Granny’s House and Whether You’re Right relied heavily on studio editing and extensive use of samples and loops.
The infectiously funky first single Whether You’re Right was a spontaneous tune from start to the finish, beginning its life as a baritone sax line busted out by Andy at a gig in Perth. Once the band had finished producing the track, it ended up in the hands of Joelistics from TZU, who became so inspired by it that he decided to write a verse of his own to be included in the final mix. Focused around the topic of karma but in a fairly tongue in cheek kind of way – like all of LABJACD’s music – Whether You’re Right is largely based around the band’s life experience.
Having made a name for themselves on the festival circuit sharing the stage with the likes of The Herd and True Live, LABJACD have delivered their unique live performances at WOMADelaide, the Falls Festival, the Woodford Folk Festival, Perth Festival, Adelaide Festival, Live en Août (New Caledonia), the Bellingen Global Carnival and the Queenscliff Music Festival.
Labjacd’s ‘Words Out’ shines the light on all that is great about Australia’s diverse cultural landscape.