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Babylon Burning / Press

“Babylon Burning did a cracking good job of opening. Fronted by Daniel Spencer, the tight septet got the crowd ska-ready, whilst delivering some compelling messages.”

“Adelaide 7-piece Babylon Burning was up next with a booming set that kept the lively crowd jumping around from start to finish. With bongo drums, a soaring horn section, walking bass lines and upbeat keys, this band is the epitome of modern Australian ska (a little more on the reggae side). I for one am ecstatic that this zany 90’s genre is making a comeback, with the recent tour from ska pioneers Reel Big Fish and reformation of No Doubt predicting even more ska bands emerging from the shadows. Interestingly, Babylon Burning’s lyrics are politically inclined which gives them an edge that is sure to secure a strong local following. If not, the sax player (dubbed “the sexy sax player” by a group of giggling girls in the bathroom) is sure to gather them a few extra fans. A collective groan of dismay echoed around The Gov when he emerged hand in hand with his girlfriend, might I add.”

“Sadly I arrived after the Ukulele Appreciation Society had finished playing, but armed with my winter staple of Coopers Dark, I was pleased to note that I was in time to see the second support act, local boys Babylon Burning. Their take on reggae was both unique and welcome, and they incorporated a variety of sounds from funk to rock to dub in their music, and it certainly set the pace. They even managed to get a sizable portion of the crowd onto the dance floor! Definitely a great act. During Bustamento's Set: Nicky invited the percussionist (and then the remainder!) of Babylon Burning to finish things off. It was madness, and definitely a whole lot of fun!”

“Adelaide 7-piece Babylon Burning kicked off the night with some smooth reggae grooves. Formed in 2010, the young band has clocked up an impressive number of gigs, which shows through their onstage confidence. Aptly led by Daniel Spencer on guitar and vocals, the crowd, mostly seated in the cabaret setup, began to fill the dance floor. Their music is impressive because of the fluid layering of sounds, allowing every instrument to work together. The only area where their performance can improve is through engaging with the audience. Jack Thomson on percussion tried to encourage some audience participation, however it was not effective.”

“Babylon Burning are an Adelaide 7-piece band that performs brassy reggae numbers.  Their percussionist adds an extra layer of complexity and depth to the reggae rhythms and their vocals were excellent.  The set at Fuse was a tight, focused bunch of songs that had the whole crowd bopping to the infectious beats, and provided an energetic start to the evening which got the crowd engaged and enthused for later bands.”