This past Thursday night, February 16, Great Scott welcomed the hip shaking, heart grooving, culturally wide-brimmed (wider than the brim of frontman Ahmed Gallab’s awesome cowboy cap) group known as Sinkane to an excited crowd. The Brooklyn based band was only on their second stop in their Life & Livin’ It tour. And after spending the past month in a rehearsal space in New York City, it was clear Sinkane was eager to show exactly what they had spent their time honing in on, which was nothing short of a very tight, impactful and all around free flowing and positive performance, often extending their songs into engaging jams.
Immediately of interest was the shear size of the crowd. Last time Sinkane trekked their way up to the Bean Town (without the accompaniment of keyboardist and co-singer) they played to a mere ten people, one of which Ahmed Gallab impressively remembered and called out to from the stage in thanks of the support. This time however, the audience packed the venue and it’s a clear case in point of Sinkane’s success with the time acquired in-between. The band has really honed in on their sound, and with Life and Livin’ It, Sinkane is able to exhibit where they truly glow. It isn’t in one particular style in fact. Reggae, psychedelic, jam, funk, world—all of these peak their way into the uniqueness of what is Sinkane. Take their tracks “U’Huh” and “Favorite Song” for example, both off Life and Livin’ It. These take on so much influence from great songs and genres that the outcome is more along the lines of highly cultivated originality.
With the help of one of the opener bands, No BS! Brass Band, for horns, Sinkane even furthered the immensity of their sound. The two groups had actually never performed together, as Gallab was excited to admit, and yet the result was an even fuller and more dynamic, refined sound. This might be something Sinkane wants to consider adapting to their live set next time around on tour, which if history repeats itself will likely be performed to an even bigger crowd.
Sinkane closed with the audience favorite “How We Be,” and afterwards came back on stage for an encore that jammed into the wee early hours of 1:30am. This is a band that simply loves to play. And only the most respect goes to this group who’s shining attributes are giving every musical bone a rattle and shake and spreading some obvious cheer and positivity while doing it.