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Reviewed by Darryl Kirk

Duffty Baker: Broadie

Reviewed by Darryl Kirk

Duffty Baker: Broadie

Well, this is a lot of fun. According to the liner notes, Duffty Baker went to Camp A Low Hum with a mate who turned 50 at the time. He was inspired to get back in the music game by his friend’s enthusiasm and the festival. This is the result. The album is lo-fi, but this isn’t an indictment on the songs or how you might enjoy them, in fact, they have an early Stooges feel. Duffty is joined by drummer Michael Barker, of blues roots duo Swamp Thing. What surprises here is the amount of colour Duffty manages to extract from a bass guitar featuring just D and G strings. Barker’s drumming is driving and complimentary to the fuzzed up, but not overpowering bass work. Like a hybrid of guitar and bass, the result somehow spans both, you don’t notice any lack of bottom end while you riff along. Lyrically there is an irreverence and sense of fun that is sometimes missing from NZ rock. A product of Rotorua, the album is entirely self-produced and all the better for it.  

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