After a while, the 3 piece decided that they were in badly need of a singer and a hot horn section, so they started auditioning. This led to a steady stream various talented and not so talented singers and horn blovers. They even tried with tuba, but it didn't really work out... After a while, The Bandit took the mic, leaving the bass stool open for young gun, Mixen.
We're around mid spring 1999 here. Suddenly, Pato got a call from tenor sax extraordinaire, Morten Fuks, who had just moved to the big bad Cph, and in the same week he spoted a trumpet player called M.P. at an musician-seeks-musician internet site, and then Furillo had it self a horn section. The newly formed band hit the Leonardo Pedersen basement studio and recorded a three track.
It sounded pretty crap but it had a promising sound, which later made on to Texan label, Skunkative Records compilation, "Skunkative 2000". The band went on their summerbreak, and got back to audition The Tourist, M.P.'s big band blower & trombone enthuthiast. With a three piece horn section asembled, the band started to gig around Copenhagen, playing some pretty freaky shows at schools, private parties and one time on a ferry... Weird days back then.
Late autum 1999, Furillo booked the excelent Sauna studio, to record their version of Europe's "Final Countdown", which later featured on Wolverine Records' "Ska Chartbusters" and on Toohep Records' "Metalliska". Things started picking x-mas 1999/new year 2000. First came a warm up slot for Russia's killer skacore combo, Spitfire (Really nice guys actually). The band then played a stunner of a gig at Ungdomshuset, which was the debut of Teddy Tech, our Sound controller and 8.th member.
It was dawning on the band that they were on to something, playing gigs alongside fellow danish ska rockers, Kentucky Luckies. When they got the chance to play support for one the best damn ska bands in the world, The Slackers, they jumped at it. Another studio session, this time at Elsound, with the avesome Morten Bue behind the boards. Which brings us up to late summer 2000.
The guys get back from their summerbreak and have a string gigs, ending with a comeback gig at Studenterhuset. Their first ever show in Germany, supporting reggae superstar, Macka B and Berlin's breakbeat crew Micatone was on in Dresden. Their second German gig was supporting Berlin's own ska kings, Mothers Pride, who deserve all the love in the world. So there they were, having just played two great gigs abroad, back in Denmark and getting ready for their first show in Copenhagen in 6 months, when the Bandit dropped the bomb: He was leaving.
People understood. He was and is still doing his own projects, East Side Bandit Allstars, A group of all the great musician from the danish 2tone era and a Rock Steady thing that hasn't been christened just yet. So now the band stood in a strange situatiuon. The founding member had just split, leaving behind him a void that would be hard to fill.
The decition to continue was made emedietly, with the band starting auditions the very next week. The bandit returned for a last gig with the Bandit, at Studenterhuset, Copenhagen, their best gig to date, drawing some 300 people and a 15 meter line in front of the venue. 9 days later Furillo had a new Vocalist. The Rooster stepped up at Furillo's HQ, almost as hung over as the band, who over the weekend had consumed an impressive amount of alcohol.
The audition went beyond anything, the band had tried with the other 9 applicants. He was hired that same evening... Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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