This confident and vibrant nine-piece band certainly knows how to get a crowd bouncing around! Having first seen Saskwatch perform in early 2013 before the band tackled the Glastonbury juggernaut, I’m super pleased to have seen them grow and own their unique style. Not that they weren’t great then; they’ve just tapped into their potential.
And that potential is unlimited for such a large band featuring searing brass and horn sessions. Who doesn’t love a catchy big band performance!? Saskwatch started off on the coveted busking location of the Flinders Street Station steps in Melbourne before moving to live music venues and concert halls. What they bring to their gigs is a dynamic, raucous energy—they really do love every second they spend on stage and their carefree and fun-filled vibe means they are growing in popularity every day.
Leading the charge is front-woman Nkechi Anele, who is an absolute powerhouse, full of charisma, spunk, and a special kind of vitality. But really it’s the diversity of musical skills of each member that allows Saskwatch to successfully meld the funk, soul, and rock genres together, and attract such a broad and diverse mix of followers and fans.
They’re also not afraid to tackle a cover. The band has reinterpreted Robbie William’s “Kids,” Jagwa Ma’s “Let Her Go,” and Little Red’s “Coca Cola” into commanding versions of their own. My fave, however, is Anele’s duet with fellow Aussie Chet Faker on their version of Brit David Essex’s “Rock On.” It’s pretty special.
I’m excited for all you US folk out there: Saskwatch is coming to town! They’ll be in New York, LA, and San Fran from next week! More details here.
Check out the fabulous video for the catchy hit “Your Love” below:
Title image source: Greta Parry