The Herbaliser / The Fleece, Bristol | CRASH Exclusives

The Herbaliser / The Fleece, Bristol | CRASH Exclusives

UK musicians have a reputation for innovation. From the rock and pop bands of the 1960s to the producers of drum n’ bass, dubstep and grime, British music makers have a long history of taking largely black, American music and not just reproducing it, but radically changing it to fit their own experience. After more than a quarter of a century making music and touring the world, much loved UK band The Herbaliser are a longstanding part of this tradition.

Formed in London during the early 1990s, the band’s core members Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba were inspired by soul, funk and in particular the then current hip hop emerging from America. Unfortunately, at that time, they didn’t know any rappers. They made up for this missing element by adopting an extra ingredient to fill the absence; a widescreen cinematic feel born of vivid imagination.

The Herbaliser appear at The Fleece, Bristol on May 7th, continuing their UK tour after playing Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff on May 4th, Ouroboros in York on May 5th Glasgow.

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