The Ukulele Death Squad have released the official video for their new single ‘Not Afraid’ before they begin their national tour this week as they take the world’s most dangerous Ukulele show around Australia.
Premiered via The AU Review, the video was inspired by the fight scenes in Anchorman but instead of news networks, the band got ukulele groups from across Adelaide to be part of the cast. The video sees the Ukulele Death Squad locked in an arena and fighting for their survival in a battle royale as they take on Vikings, wild nuns and rogue archers. With bow and arrows shot, bottles smashed and ukuleles broken ‘Not Afraid’ is a frenzy of mayhem.
Julian Ferguson (baritone ukulele) said, “seriously, having a pretend fight on camera was outrageously fun. It was mayhem. It was a bit like you could unleash your inner child, and go absolutely crazy. Everyone was having so much fun that the director would have to say cut about 10 times before we stopped.”
Benjamin Roberts (lead ukulele) added, “I was very happy about including Bruce Riley as the ‘boss man’ who locks us in the arena into the script, he was the man solely responsible for getting me into the ukulele. I’m a guitar teacher and Bruce asked me to start giving him Uke lessons, without even ever playing a Uke, so I picked it up to learn and next thing you know the Ukulele Death Squad was born.”
From the ashes of Adelaide’s Coconut Kids (Julian Ferguson - Baritone Ukulele) and famed folk festival favourites, The Timbers (Benjamin Roberts - Lead Ukulele), the two compiled an arsenal of Ukuleleaficionados in Eamonn Burke (Bass Ukulele) and Reuben Legge (Saxophone), and took to the stage to glorious applause, dancing and celebration.
Australia’s most powerful uke quartet delivers a blend of Flamenco and Folk fusion that harnesses the raw and staggering energy of their own ukulele rock & roll style. Already boasting sold-out debut shows throughout the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe, the Ukulele Death Squad will warp your perceptions of ukuleles one twanging nylon string at a time.
UKULELE DEATH SQUAD ‘NOT AFRAID’ SINGLE TOUR
For tickets and tour information visit: www.ukedeathsquad.com
Sept 16 - Northcote Social Club VIC
Sept 23 - Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall BRIS
Sept 30 - Paddington RSL SYD
Oct 7 - Elder Hall ADL
Oct 19 - 21 - Newcastle Ukulele Festival
Nov 25 - Willunga Community Hall SA
Dec 1 - Great Australian Beer Festival Albury
Dec 2 - Castlemaine Theatre Royal