A bit of nostalgia. I was reminded of this film clip by my son Clarence who found it online.
Cinco Locos was a 5 piece formed on the tropical verandahs of Darwin NT in 2001.
The members were Byron Williams (AKA Toe-Fu from the Herd) on vocals and guitar, Phil Eaton on Bass, Ingrid Smith on Saxophone, Jodie Kell on Trumpet and Justin Moon doing beats and samples.
This film clip was made at the Pub Bar in Darwin for a track recorded as part of the SBS The Whatever Sessions CD.
To best describe the music of cinco locos it is best to enter “casa del la cinco locos” ; the home of cinco locos.
A solid foundation of breaks is laid down in the most fertile of soils; breaks designed to address the human yearning for the ‘thumpiest’ of kicks to the crispest of snare to cut through the mix…..as we all know one cannot build a house on sand. Once the foundations are laid the framework is erected. A framework not of pine or of mahognany but dubbed out deep bass lines hitting the punters deep in their intestine causing an involuntary head nodding action to commence. If you experience this, it should subside shortly after the show but if nodding persists please consult your doctor.
Next the brickwork is added to the frame marrying integrally with it. Providing the mortar and trowal is the master of skank, the upsetter of upstroke; toefu. As with the bass, the guitar is another cause of involuntary head nodding action.
From the Spanish meaning “Five Crazies”, Cinco Locos present as an energetic mix of electronica, jazz, dub and latino sounds. Cutting and pasting their influences from across the globe, they seamlessly blend genres into an exotic and danceable sound. Their new set covers chilled out dub explorations and some distinctly Cuban influenced music. Branching out in a new direction this year means these guys can cater for a diverse range of people and venues.The windows and doors allow a melodic breeze to blow through the house, a breeze which holds the infectious and contagious tones of the tenor saxophone. From haunting dub winds to soulful summery jazz breezes the sax blows right through the house.
Come inside, there’s a Mexican painting on a wall perched above an old record player with grandmaster flash on the platter, across from this sits a portrait of a Jamaican rum bottle and over in the corner is a comfy couch. The vocals are the eclecticness of the house; from latino harmonies to rhythmical rapping to dub chorus’ they complete the house in the most apt manner. All you have to do is come inside la casa del la cinco loco.
Performing in and around Darwin throughout the 2000’s, Cinco Locos gained national radio exposure through ABC’s Radio National and live performance on The Triple J Breakfast Show. This led to one of their tracks being used as the outro theme for the show for a year. They also recorded with the SBS Whatever Sessions and performed around Australia as well as many home gigs in Darwin and the NT.