HeatWave and the Vandettas (Live) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Heatwave and the Vandettas walk the line between many musical genres; introduced as a confluence of reggae, funk, jazz, rock and hip hop, the seven-piece Vancouver musical crew has forged its own unique sound.The Backstage Lounge provided a pretty ocean backdrop for the intimate, authentic and very on-point jam session between a diverse and talented group of artists. The crowd seemed a little unsure what to expect, but the range and depth of the Vandettas’ smooth sound provided a playing field for the effortless lyrical flow of HeatWave, with Lamar Ashe and the lovely Asha on the backups.
The music’s overt and reoccurring theme – the love for and commitment to music – came through immediately in the opening song, “Die.” Heatwave’s lyrics made their impact on the smooth, playful lead and bass guitar lines, the seductive key chords and the soulfully sang melodies.
The performance displayed a range of sounds that encompass and define the style of the Vandettas: they utilize a variety of musical styles while staying true to their unique core sound. The third song “On the Road” incorporated a more heavily distorted guitar which, although transformational in its sound, retained a consistent vibe to the rest of the set-list. Similarly, “I’m Back Bro” featured the raw lyrical assurances of Heatwave’s backbone, complemented by equally raw reggae bass lines, but did not seem out of place.
Every member of the group shone throughout the set, both individually and as a collective. The nine-song set ended the same way it began, as an organic and authentic jam session between exceptional musicians; the crowd was treated to a refreshing vibe in an intimate setting. To date, the group has not released an EP but Heatwave assured the inquiring crowd that they are hard at work compiling and fine-tuning a product they’re proud to share.
It’s clear that these guys are gonna be around a lot more in the future – they’re sharp and exciting, carrying a newness that this city needs. Be on the lookout.
Written by Joshua J for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada