Former Darwin local Ward Hancock, and The Bastard Sons are an electric, energetic four piece that chop and change from Funk, Blues and Reggae – specialising in long sweeping jams and intense breakdowns. Although from opposite sides of the country – Darwin, Yuendumu and Fish Creek – the mystical power of music brought them together in Melbourne.
Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Ward Hancock – with a silky falsetto, dynamic voice and soulful guitar playing likened to John Mayor and Stevie Ray Vaughn – the Bastard Sons produce a hot rhythm section like no other – beefy basslines full of attitude, tight grooves filled with flavour and skilfu
l sax lines that effortlessly weave between instruments.
With songs of love, loss, modern mindsets and problems Ward Hancock has toured with a band around the North – from Kunnunarra to Broome, Timber Creek and Katherine – he’s managed to get even the most un-rhythmic of characters up and dancing in the Territory’s hardest pubs.
So whether it be a monsoon downpour, hail or shine, Ward Hancock and The Bastard Sons are sure to the bring the Funk and get feet tapping, heads nodding and bodies moving.