Madrid vintage funk act The Sweet Vandals to play Four Corners
The soul night is joining forces with the Edinburgh Intl Jazz & Blues Fest
This article is from 2012.
‘There’s been an explosion in the number of bands playing the same music we do over the last few years,’ says Simon Hodge, one of the promoters of the Bongo Club’s long-running funk and soul night Four Corners. ‘There are two reasons for that: one is Sharon Jones and the other is Amy Winehouse. A lot of the people who do it are okay, but often they’re not much more than that. So to find the best bands, there’s now an American scene to look at, a UK one and a pan-European one too.’
It’s rare that Four Corners books a guest band, says Hodge, because their usual residents-only set-up works so well, the club being busier now than his previous successes Club Latino and The Big Beat ever were. Yet his position as one of the producers of the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on 6 Music means he’s exposed to some of the finest bands before anyone else. When he heard them and then saw them play in their home city of Madrid, he knew this summer’s guests The Sweet Vandals were a must-book as Four Corners joins forces with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
‘Spanish funk bands are some of the best bands out there,’ he says, ‘and I think that comes partly from the fact they’re very exuberant as people and as musicians, they’re charismatic and lively. The Sweet Vandals are well-dressed and dapper, and I love the fact the singer [Mayka Edjo] doesn’t do that thing where she pretends to be American. She’s Spanish and proud of it.’
Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Fri 27 Jul.