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The Cactus Channel

  • St Paul's Park 55 Piper Street Kyneton, VIC, 3444 Australia (map)
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Infectiously funky sounds… a horn-fuelled, butt-shaking affair
— Triple j (Dom Alessio, Home & Hosed)

Until recently, The Cactus Channel were easily introduced as integral members of the Soul music scene that quietly flourishes in Melbourne. Well-known for the kind of musicianship and compositional skills fundamental to making compelling instrumental music, The Cactus Channel are equal parts sharp and scruffy, at turns loose and languid, then electric and rhythmic.

A soulful melange between jazz and funk
— Hypetrak (Hypebeast)

The band formed in high school, united by shared interests and a shared sense of humour — a love of soul music and the kind of hip hop, jazz, and alternative releases that spring from it, meant that from the beginning The Cactus Channel have prided themselves not just on eclecticism, but on the constant sharing of influences among their members.

absolutely fabulous music” – (on collaboration with Chet Faker)
— Triple j (Richard Kingsmill)

The band were signed in their formative years to Melbourne soul mainstay HopeStreet Recordings and recorded their much beloved debut, Haptics.Sophomore release Wooden Boy in 2014 saw the band’s shifting sound cemented: spooky and cinematic, arid and augmented, and decidedly difficult to pin down. “Soul” slowly became too small a word to encompass the band’s output, as traditional horn lines gave way to twisting parts that oscillated between overblown and understated, and a rhythm section that prided itself on moments that make a listener stop and take stock, partly unnerved and partly overjoyed.

Tightly raw soul, rambling deep-funk jams and organ-driven party mash-ups” – The Age
“the harmonies and ride-heavy drums of The Cactus Channel fit perfectly with Faker’s powerful voice
— Hilly Dilly

Solidifying their lineup of seven members, The Cactus Channel’s music will undoubtedly continue to shift and change, as action-reaction proves the perfect formula to keep the band, and their listeners, on their toes.

What ensued was an onslaught of pure soul that melted the minds and ears of all surrounding, perhaps not what you’d expect of a young band with a name as unusual as The Cactus Channel
— The Ripe

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