Live @ The Darkroom – Chicago IL USA
November 18 – 2008
Tweeded out, funk loving beatsters The Herbaliser descended upon Chicago’s Ukrainian Village nightspot The Darkroom this week for a low key – but warmly attended - tour stop. Boasting a 7 piece live band they recently touched down stateside for a string of events promoting their new !K7 full length Same as it Never Was. Keeping true to their hip-hop roots their set danced through funk, acid jazz, and sweet soul all underpinned by a sample based aesthetic and scratched choruses. This time around they’ve also found a real looker in the addition of young vocalist Jessica Darling who’s sultry swagger and earthy soul added an extra spotlight to the stage. According to a chance bathroom run in with trumpeteering front man Ralph Lamb they’ve been playing 8,000 + crowds throughout Europe so we fortunate Chicagoans got a rare & intimate performance from these pioneering downtempo staples.
Book-ending the night were respected windy city tastemaker DJ’s Intel, Shala, & Striz.
Check this interview w/ Mr. Lamb after their recent Minneapolis performance. Includes some live footage.
- Joshua P Ferguson
Striz - myspace
Shala - myspace