Thrust

Thrust

BandJazzFunk

Gut-bucket-astro-funk... or maybe it's southern-fried-punk-jazz; whatever you call it, Thrust's music draws influence from everything from 70’s funk, free jazz, rock, hip-hop, drum’n’bass, blues and world music. Live shows are highly energetic and feature strong elements of improvisation.

Biography

Perth-based funkjazz outfit Thrust was initially formed as a trio by bassist / vocalist Pete Jeavons in 1998 with Konrad Park (drums / vocals) and Luke Savage (keyboards / vocals). In 2001, the group expanded to a quartet, adding Simon Jeans (guitar and vocals) to its ranks.

Thrust’s first residency was at The Attic Bar (Subiaco, WA) in 1999 but the band is perhaps best known, locally, for hosting the weekly event 'U.F.O' (Urban Funk Operations). U.F.O was possibly Perth’s first regular gig of original funk music, held every Thursday at the Paddington Alehouse (Mount Hawthorn, WA) for approximately three years from 2000 to the end of 2002. As well as those at The Attic bar, and The Paddington Alehouse, Thrust has held residencies at The Universal Bar (Northbridge, WA) and The Wembley Hotel (Wembley, WA) and has performed in numerous venues in and around Perth. Thrust was nominated for the Western Australian Music Industry’s most popular funk band award in 2001 and 2002 and was a heat winner in the 2002 'Next Big Thing' competition. Thrust released it’s debut album ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’ in December 2000 and also performed at the Stompem’ Ground Music Festival (Broome, Northern WA) in the same year.

In mid 2003 Konrad Park, Thrust’s drummer, returned to his homeland Tasmania after some 12 years in WA. Later in 2003 the band toured Tasmania and has since made a number of appearances in WA (despite Konrad being based in Tasmania).

Thrust launched their second full length album 'Survival Of The Funkiest' in April 2006 and performed in Albany in February, as part of the Perth International Arts Festival’s ‘Great Southern’ program.

In September/October 2006, Thrust toured northern WA thanks to funding from Country ArtsWA and administration support from JazzWA. This tour saw Thrust perform right across WA’s top-end with shows in Broome, Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. The tour also saw the band perform once again in WA’s great southern region (Denmark and Pemberton) and stage some shows in Perth itself.

'Survival Of The Funkiest' was recorded at various studios from 2003-2006 and was pieced together at Poons Head Studio (Fremantle, WA) by Pete Jeavons and Rob Grant in the early part of 2006. Supported by ArtsWA, the album journeys through a wide range of musical terrain and features a number of special guests. The 10 original tracks incorporate elements of rock, jazz, hip-hop, blues and of course… funk!

The group recently appeared in WA in Feb 2007 and has a national tour scheduled for December supported by The Contemporary Music Touring Program, an initiative of The Department of Communications, Information Technology and The Arts (DCITA).

Discography

LP 'Flotsam & Jetsam' (2000 independant)
EP 'Feel That Rhythm' (2005 independant)
LP 'Survival Of The Funkiest' (2006 independant)

Set List

Thrust is dedicated to performing original music though the band also has reworked a few covers.

4 piece Thrust can deliver 2 sets (50-60 minute sets) of party funk originals plus a further 2 sets of funky jazz instrumentals.

As an 8 piece, Thrust can deliver 2 sets (50-60 minute sets) of party-funk originals plus a further 2 sets of classic funk covers.

Depending on the situation, Thrust repertoire ranges from raucous party funk to more chilled (but still funky) jazz instrumentals... see below for rep lists.

*indicates repertoire that requires 8 piece line-up

Thrust originals (vocals):
Feel That Rhythm
Survival of The Funkiest
Tambourine
Hot Chicken
Mama
People with Funk, People with Soul
Pork Rind
One!
Fatback Old Skool
For The Right Words
Shame
What's Cookin in the Kitchen
Ignite it
House of Aces

Thrust originals (instrumental):
Eyespy
Phonk
Empress Express
For Pete's Sake
Absolution
Time & Place
Prisms
Life Cycle*
Billie's Bunt

Covers (