Fat-Suit is a 14 piece, multi-genre music collective from Scotland. The band effortlessly assimilates influences from Fusion, House, Brass-Rock and Scots folk music. The band has featured at both Glasgow and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, Wickerman and Belladrum Festivals and other high profile gigs. The band is also scheduled to appear at the London Jazz Festival in November 2015.
In December 2015 the band will also embark on a tour of Scotland. This tour will also feature Angus Munro, a piano singer/songwriter whose song-craft and vocal range needs to be heard to be believed. His debut EP “Shooting First” received high praise from national & international press with features on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland and Flux FM followed by tours of the UK, Europe and North America in 2013/4. Angus’ unique 4 octave range never fails to wow audiences and has drawn comparisons to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Freddie Mercury and Rufus Wainwright.
The tour material will include Angus’ collaboration with the band, which will be featured in an EP entitled Rubix to be released in November 2015. Fat-Suit has released two albums (Kambr and Jugaad) to critical acclaim and will release their third album early 2016.
Fat Suit has been assembled from a diversity of musical backgrounds and it includes folk musicians with finesse, house artists with grit, rockers with attitude and hard boppers with style. Contemporary exponents of jazz, funk and fusion such as Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck and GoGoPenguin are influences, but Fat-Suit is already opening up fresh lines of enquiry. The approach may appear looser and more relaxed, but the aim is to entertain as much as it is to dazzle with technical ability.
The band has strength in depth as well as numbers and can call on some of Scotland’s finest young musicians, many of whom were making waves even before graduating. The larger than life rhythm section is held down by the solid application of funk power to the subtleties of jazz. Guitars raise their voices cutting through waves of burnished brass, while keyboards create alchemic shapes around elegant strings. This is the sound of next generation jazz, where highly informed and extremely open-minded players curate new music for a new century.
The line up features guitars, violins, keyboards, horns, bass, drums and percussion, and includes players who have been finalists in both the Young Jazz Musician and Young Traditional Musician of the Year competitions. The moving image is very important to the Fat-Suit manifesto, and several videos have been made which give a flavour of the Fat-Suit live experience. Samples can be found below at the Fat-Suit You Tube Channel and various BBC appearances. Angus Munro’s latest video is the last listed.
Reviews of Fat-Suit live performances have been tremendously encouraging and the critical response to the albums Kambr and Jugaad has also been very positive. Fat-Suit attracted the interest of music writers right from the get-go. It seems that many were intrigued by a new wave of jazz, rock and traditional musicians working together as a collective with very clear goals. The following are sample reviews ; –
“…the indefinable end of the eclectic spectrum. Certainly, the tunes that make up the debut album Kambr are untroubled by the constraints of genre. Nevertheless, the project is underpinned by the snap and crackle of finger-poppin’ funk, wedded to the poly-rhythmic libertarian streak in jazz. It’s all luxuriously adorned by some smiley brass-rock expressionism from a wind section that recalls the heyday of CBS’s crossover output.” Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
“There’s a buzz circulating about Fat-Suit and it’s one that’s been well-earned…..a sun-bright, pulsating blast of energy, tempered by mood changes that offer quietude and repose between an insistent rhythmical bounce and earworm-like melodies and motifs carried on brass and strings. In person these qualities are magnified.”
The Herald 18.02.15
“..very exciting indeed..they make the most uproarious joyful noise… absolutely gorgeous…..so much fun…….The future of Scottish jazz/music, with young musicians like that (so engaging, so talented, embracing of old traditions and new) is in very very good hands indeed..I absolutely love it”
Stephen Duffy, BBC Scotland 3.12.14
“Jugaad is what happens when music is liberated to do what it wants, as much as it wants without prior consultation with arbiters of taste. Happily for this amiable ensemble just about everyone likes them, such is their eminently supportable ambition and imperturbable spirit. “
“…the repertoire comes from across the band’s personnel and reflects the presence of finalists in both the Young Jazz Musician and Young Traditional Musician of the Year competitions, it shares a common trait of being devilishly well punctuated, with brilliantly precise jabs and stop-on-a-sixpence endings. They make a mighty sound indeed.”
The Herald, 19/12/13
“the spirit of Loose Tubes and American funksters Snarky Puppy”
“offer a whirling storm of jazz, rock and folk” – “a showcase of sonic domination. One to dance at.”
“Ones to watch 2015”
“There’s a real buzz about Fat-Suit, a homegrown 14 piece instrumental collective who deliver a mighty fusion of Jazz, Rock and Folk”
Glasgow Jazz Festival
“packed with fine players”
Keith Bruce (The Herald 01/04/15)
Angus Munro reviews
“Magnificent…if Billy Joel had a brain.”
Lach, BBC Radio 4
“Spectacular and mesmerising…hard to believe that just one man wrote it.”
“I’m almost in tears by how good his voice is…just incredible”
Janice Forsyth, BBC Radio Scotland “The Janice Forsyth Show”