Gulf coast Florida-based band the Hip Abduction has been on our radar since catching their high energy set at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta last Spring. Their mixture of afrobeat, roots reggae and indie-pop has been garnering a larger and larger fan-base. The band has continued to tour steadily behind last year’s release of their well-received third album, Gold Under the Glow, and it’s on stage where the Hip Abduction really shine. They deliver high energy performances filled with uplifting vibes, addictive dance rhythms and extended multi-instrumental jams. Heading into 2017, the Hip Abduction have continued to showcase their infectious sound with a fresh run of spring tour dates, including a return visit to the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh.
When the Hip Abduction played the Lincoln Theatre last September, they were opening for Grace Potter. This time around when they took the stage it was as bonafide headliners. The Thursday night crowd started the evening a bit sedate and almost stand-offish. With the stage washed in a dark blue light and singer David New adding to the percussion, the six members of the Hip Abduction kicked off with “Stand Up For Love” from Gold Under The Glow. The crowd immediately responded and pushed forward while the band transitioned into the island dance vibes of “Light It Up.” As the Hip Abduction reached back to their previous Self-titled album for the chilled reggae of “Live It Right,” the room had evolved into a full on dance party. Throughout their set, the band would effortlessly mix influences and songs from across their catalog, including the groove-laden instrumental jam “La Resaca,” the bouncy Vampire Weekend-ish “Sun King,” and the upbeat dance inducing single “Come Alive.” The band was extremely tight and each of the musicians was able to make an impact while weaving together their infectious feel-good rhythms. By the time they wrapped up with a cover of “Sexual Healing,” the crowd had been taken on a tropical island-hopping musical journey that left everyone enraptured. At one point during the evening, a fellow audience member turned to me between songs and said “These guys are soo much fun. They should be huge!” If the show in Raleigh was any indication, the Hip Abduction are certainly on the right track.
Opening the party was Asheville-based trio the Get Right Band. Consisting of singer/guitarist Silas Durocher, bassist Jesse Gentry, and drummer Jian-Claude Mears, The Get Right band have been drawing accolades for their third studio album, Who’s in Charge? Their short set combined clever lyrics with a diverse mix of psychedelic funk-infused jam band rock that even included a wildly fun cover of the Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star.”