Saturday, March 24, 2012

Treefort: Red Room Gets Funky

Posted By on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

The Soft White Sixties take over Red Room.
  • Josh Gross
  • The Soft White Sixties take over Red Room.

Things got smooth and sexy at Red Room late on March 23 with a pair of swinging sets from Hot Bodies in Motion and The Soft White Sixties.

Seattle's Hot Bodies in Motion is quite simply too young and too white to be as funky as it is. The band blasted through some serious soul and funk cuts of its own, before making an announcement to the crowd:

"We weren't going to play this one, but you guys just ooze appreciation for '90s R&B," singer Ben Carson said.

Then the band tore through Blackstreet's "No Diggity." To steal a line from Bruce Springsteen during his SXSW keynote speech: "It was the sound of bra straps unhooking across the nation."

When the band discovered it had gone over its time and had to split, the crowd moped something fierce. But it didn't last, because The Soft White Sixties—looking straight out of 1960s London—hit the stage like a pop bomb, busting some powerfully funky pop on the rapt crowd.

"Seriously, how awesome is this?" the singer of the San Francisco-base group asked. "We have played other festivals their first year and they don't go this well."

Considering the sweaty dance party the sound-byte interrupted, the audience was in no position to disagree. 

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