Blending influences from 1970s Nigerian Afrobeat with the deepest of street Funk, The Seven Ups are the original 7-piece party band out of the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Expect unrestrained solos by unkempt horns over an unpretentious rhythm that's “as tight as they need to be, and as loose as you want them to be” (DJ Miss Goldie, PBS fm).
In mid-2021 the band released their fourth studio album, The Old World, via Northside Records. Inspired by the catastrophic year that was 2020, the bands’ latest offering journeys into the darker fringes of instrumental music, drifting from funk to spiritual jazz and through to psychedelic fuzz rock.
The Seven Ups music has been featured in Wax Poetics (USA), album of the week (twice) on PBS fm and Beat magazine top 10 on KEXP (USA) and continues to receive airplay on BBC Radio, KEXP, Triple J, and community radio around the country, plus other novel stuff too.
Career highlights for the band so far have included opening for Charles Bradley (USA), The Budos Band (USA), Remi (AUS), Babylon Circus (FRA) and The Bamboos (AUS), as well as a string of raucous residencies at Melbourne venues, frequent Australian east coast tours and festival spots at Meredith Music Festival, Strawberry Fields, Rainbow Serpent, Falls Festival, White Night, Moomba, Subsonic, Bello Winter Festival, St Kilda Festival and more.