Five Things with Hudson Whitlock and Henry Jenkins from The Cactus Channel
1. Growing Up
Soul Jazz Records! The now legendary London-based label put out New Orleans Funk Vol. 1 around ’99, we heard it when we were in early high school and it set the course. That and just playing heaps with each other – lunchtimes, after school, weekends, that made us play like we do now; we all know each other’s playing very well. In the early days we learnt from The Meters, Booker T. and The M.G.’s, Lyn Collins, Marva Whitney, Marvin Gaye, Eddie Bo, et cetera. Our perspective on music exploded a little when we start digging into the soul of the ’60s and ’70s and how it was being incorporated into the present.
Obviously the best part of a band is all the individual inspirations and how they collide to make something unique, but a few albums that we vibe are Menahan Street Band’s Make The Road By Walking, Badbadnotgood’s IV, Les Baxter’s Ritual Of The Savage and Madvillian’s Madvillainy. We also draw a lot of cosmic inspiration from comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. These days we’re more into Tom Hanks.
3. Your Band
Caccy Chan, seven strong at the moment. Just trying to make good tunes that are a bit funky, got a bit of soul and zane-brain enough for the nerds. The band has had a slow but important evolution over the past few years and we feel like we’re about to put out our most exciting stuff yet!
4. The Music You Make
Just released a single with Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music), and we’ll be dropping a six-track EP with him in April. Super keen for that one! We just want to get as creative as we can and keep putting out wild shit in the hope that Busta Rhymes will tweet at us.
5. Music, Right Here, Right Now
Bands that are inspiring us at the moment are Whitney, The Frightnrs, BBNG and people like Anderson .Paak. The Melbourne scene right now is going gangbusters. There are always great things to hear, and it feels like everyone is working towards some really wild releases. Sydney is bumping too. Sampa The Great and Wallace keep things fresh. We always get lost in Sydney, shake our fists at Casino Mike, meet up with friends and they chaperone us around until we move onto Canberra or some shit. Sydney has some amazing bistros.
Get to The Captain Cook Hotel on Friday February 24 to see and hear The Cactus Channel perform, with Ben Panucci and Broken Mountain in support.