Enigmatic performer, producer and lifelong troubadour Nicky Bomba returns to the scene with his first solo release in 10 years.
His reputation as a world-class performer has seen him grace stages from Istanbul to Tokyo, Hong Kong to Detroit and garnered him a weighty trove of accolades including four ARIA awards.
Whether at the helm of the titanic Melbourne Ska Orchestra or slamming skins on the drum kit with John Butler, Nicky’s magnetic connection with the audience is a testament to his spectacular creativity and joyously Bon vivant attitude.
The first single “Malibu” from the new forthcoming album “Food & Shelter” distils some classic sentiment and a tangy twist of Bomba’s signature world-pop flare.
Whilst previous Nicky Bomba solo material was down his usual wheelhouse genres of roots, reggae, and ska sounds, on this new album Nicky has purposefully moved away from what he is known for and tried to show listeners a different side of his creative output in a far more contemporary way. He has dug deeper into his musical references from ethnic folk music,70’s funk workouts and even some quirky twangin surf sounds.
Food & Shelter is an album about exploration, energy, and taking risks. For a start the whole album has no horned / brass instruments which is synonymous with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Bustamento sound.
Nicky Bomba plays all instruments on the album and produced and recorded the whole thing whilst deep in lockdown during 2020 at his home studio in the Alpine region of North Eastern Victoria.
The album is about simplifying and getting back to basics. Acknowledging the trappings of modern living and finding a way to fly through the bullshit.
Nicky had this to say about the new single ‘Malibu’:
“Classic sentiment of “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone”. Malibu is a state of mind where simplicity and joyous vibes reign supreme. These days of information overkill and getting sucked into the vortex of the social media/screen-based phenomenon can put up so many layers that the essence of life gets seriously distorted. Sometimes we need to get a check-up from the neck-up and reset everything. That’s my Malibu.