Need something to brighten your day, week, month or even year? Well meet Lords of Flatbush , oozing talent, charm and the ability to make anyone drop what they are doing and dance.
Having seen them play numerous times it was time to sit down with these guys and see what they’re all about. Meeting in the back streets of Sheffield in a busy pub, its hard not to notice the legends that are Steve Edwards, Fill Jones and Liam O’Shea. Yep, legend is a strong word to use but in this case it fits the bill. Each member of the band has a proven track record, Steve Edwards well he is THE Steve Edwards, Fill Jones producer extraordinaire and as for Liam O’Shea he is simply Mixed in Sheffield. Fuse all these together and it’s surely a winning team.
“We are an act that hopefully people feel love from, cos that’s what we’re giving out – big love.”
Looking at the music scene in general in a world that mainstreams boys with guitars, Lords of Flatbush have that party spirit, seeing them play you become part of an orgy of love. So how do the guys see themselves? A cross over dance, funk and a bit of ska is a running theme with Flatbush, they add a bit of colour to the experience. ‘We instantly release the crowd into enjoying themselves; it can be hard for an audience to open up and really appreciate a gig. They’re like do I like this? What do you think mate? Should I like it? Should I dance? Flatbush, from the moment it kicks off people know instantly what to do even if you haven’t heard the stuff before’ states Fill. Steve continues ‘we are an act that hopefully people feel love from it, cos that’s what we’re giving out – big love that’s it.’
With Flatbush it’s not just a gig it’s a night out. Steve explains that they’re trying to expand on the Flatbush thing. We’re doing a show. Started off slowly a few steps and that. Flatbush Discocide named after one of their tracks, which basically states you’ll die from dancing…death by dancing. So we do Lord of Flatbush presents Discocide, so when we do a gig, we’re headlining it the rest of the line up could be other singers on doing whatever, some good DJ’s on, so we make it like an interesting night. That’s something we’d like to expand on more. You know Fill, he’s soundtracks the night…one flowing night, entertainment throughout it’s not waiting for a band to set up it just flows. Its not a sound system, they’re speakers…its Flatbush Sound Inc. As Steve continues, it’s something that’s great to go and watch, maybe it is fortunate the way the industry is now it’s gone back to that what you have to play live, you can’t sell records now, nobody’s selling records which is ironic, you have to have something live that people can get ‘I like that, I’ll watch that, I’ll pay a fiver, maybe a buy a t-shirt, a badge maybe, you know what I mean, Flatbush pop, Flatbush dandelion and burdock.’
Briefly describing them as the ultimate party band, not quite so Black Lace, I’m corrected by Fill as it should be the ultimate festival band, he follows this up… ‘Any promoter, venue, festival, whoever who wants an act to get that festival going, then we’re the band to do that, sounds big headed but that’s the way it’s turned out’. It’s true, Flatbush subliminally encourage people to party.
One festival that runs high on Flatbush’s list is Sheffield’s very own Tramlines; something they collectively think could well be a highlight of the festival calendar for the UK. It’s well put together and it’s a good gig. It’s organised so well, it comes across to the bands and across to the punters. With other cities bands turn up to showcase…this is more for the public, Liam states ‘it’s celebrating Sheffield, bringing the lot together’. Steve declares ‘we’ve all done festivals all over, but to have something where you are from, a proper one it’s great…’
Roll on Sunday is what I say. Flatbush also have a single release the Monday after, these guys are certainly busy.
The infectious 999 is generally used to open their sets. Fill confesses it’s a song that’s been kicking around for a while that refuses to go under. Steve remarks that there’s no need to constantly produce new material, ‘you’re an artist from a city somewhere and you’re playing your stuff and you think you’re in u2 or something, no one else has seen you play but with this song no one else has heard it except those who have heard it, it’s the chance for lots of people to hear it’. He continues by saying ‘we’re going to put it out there, light a few peoples fires and see what happens’.
Counterfeit say hear it they should, with a bounding remix, from one of the men of the moment, Toddla T, as the B side, its certainly a song to tune into, dance about and sing-a-long to. It will get stuck in your head…as the words go, ‘we’re gonna be there when you are in trouble’ and you know what, they will.