Band brings a taste of Brown Sugar

Rolling Stones tribute band draws on massive reservoir of material from the 60s onwards.

Rolling Stones tribute band draws on massive reservoir of material from the 60s onwards.

Brown Sugar in action

IF Jason Shazell had to pick one, he’d say the Rolling Stones song he likes to sing most is 1965’s Down The Road Apiece, never mind that he wasn’t even born when it came out.

“It is pretty old but it’s such a cool song, it’s one we all love doing,” the 46-year-old says of Brown Sugar, the Stones tribute band he brings to Gisborne this week.

But, he says, it’s not all oldies but goodies.

“The Stones started putting music out in the 60s and have had such a long career that we like to draw on their massive reservoir of material from across the decades,” he says. “It’s not all the hits, either. We try to have a few of the lesser-known ones that are still really, really good songs. Basically, we work with material we like and that we think will work for our audiences.”

If Shazell is the “Mick Jagger” of Brown Sugar his “Keith Richards” would have to be band founder Mark Armstrong.

The biggest Stones fan of the lot, however, is guitarist Matthew Wagstaff who, as well as nailing riffs to the letter, also sports a Richards tattoo.

Rounding out the line-up is Mike Ellison — who brings a rockier drumming style to the band than the Stones’ jazz-inspired Charlie Watts — and Jon Trimble who, Shazell says, “brings that swagger that all good bass players seem to have”.

“We all love the Stones and grew up with them being a prominent part of our lives and a huge influence on our music but, though we are a tribute band, we aren’t trying to mimic them,” he says.

“I find that if you try to do that, it just comes across as being cheap. So what we do is put on an energetic, Stones-inspired performance by doing those songs as best we can, but with our own little twist.

“At the heart of it, we all just genuinely have this joy of playing and performing music. It really is good for the soul.”

Though the band members all enjoy drinking from the enormous pool that is the Rolling Stones back catalogue, Jason Shazell admits it’s the more up-tempo ones that get him going.

“I guess I do like the rockier numbers as that sort of music is where my roots are,” he says

“There are a lot of songs with that great driving rhythm right through them and perfoming those is just the best time.”

Brown Sugar plays the Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club from 8pm tomorrow (Friday, February 19).

IF Jason Shazell had to pick one, he’d say the Rolling Stones song he likes to sing most is 1965’s Down The Road Apiece, never mind that he wasn’t even born when it came out.

“It is pretty old but it’s such a cool song, it’s one we all love doing,” the 46-year-old says of Brown Sugar, the Stones tribute band he brings to Gisborne this week.

But, he says, it’s not all oldies but goodies.

“The Stones started putting music out in the 60s and have had such a long career that we like to draw on their massive reservoir of material from across the decades,” he says. “It’s not all the hits, either. We try to have a few of the lesser-known ones that are still really, really good songs. Basically, we work with material we like and that we think will work for our audiences.”

If Shazell is the “Mick Jagger” of Brown Sugar his “Keith Richards” would have to be band founder Mark Armstrong.

The biggest Stones fan of the lot, however, is guitarist Matthew Wagstaff who, as well as nailing riffs to the letter, also sports a Richards tattoo.

Rounding out the line-up is Mike Ellison — who brings a rockier drumming style to the band than the Stones’ jazz-inspired Charlie Watts — and Jon Trimble who, Shazell says, “brings that swagger that all good bass players seem to have”.

“We all love the Stones and grew up with them being a prominent part of our lives and a huge influence on our music but, though we are a tribute band, we aren’t trying to mimic them,” he says.

“I find that if you try to do that, it just comes across as being cheap. So what we do is put on an energetic, Stones-inspired performance by doing those songs as best we can, but with our own little twist.

“At the heart of it, we all just genuinely have this joy of playing and performing music. It really is good for the soul.”

Though the band members all enjoy drinking from the enormous pool that is the Rolling Stones back catalogue, Jason Shazell admits it’s the more up-tempo ones that get him going.

“I guess I do like the rockier numbers as that sort of music is where my roots are,” he says

“There are a lot of songs with that great driving rhythm right through them and perfoming those is just the best time.”

Brown Sugar plays the Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club from 8pm tomorrow (Friday, February 19).

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