Colourful, energetic and crowd-stamping, CoCo and the Butterfields express all the fun and vibrance of a village folk fair, throwing in powerful vocals and a beatbox to deliver catchy songs resonating in a stadium-filling pop and urban rap vibe.
The uniquely styled music transcends genre, skipping right to the part where people start dancing.
All previously buskers, the spirit of jamming together and combining styles came naturally when Jamie (beatbox) was first invited by Tom and Dulcima to provide percussion for the early CATB recordings in 2012, and the band quickly grew into the five-piece it is today, with Micah and Handsome Rob learning new instruments to extend the sound.
The band have released four EPs: Warriors (2013), King of the Corner (2013), Fip Fok (2014) and See the Sun (2014).
Warriors, one of the most anthemic songs, was launched at a sell out show at Canterbury’s 1,200 capacity Marlowe Theatre followed by the release of the self-made fantasy music video, featuring the creation of an entire world, band members cast as lead characters and a trilogy film series to follow.
Their latest release, See the Sun, saw each band member create a superhero persona for the music video which featured a comic book style story and some home-made effects.
See the Sun was launched at Kent’s biggest venue, the 2,400 capacity Winter Gardens. The show featured CoCo and the Butterfields supported by brass and strings sections, guest beatboxers plus an 80 adult choir and a 150 strong children’s choir from five local schools.
Dulcima built a seven-foot sun which hung behind the band in front of a wall bedecked with starry LEDs.
In 2014 the band performed three slots at Glastonbury. They also made an appearance at many other major festivals, with plenty of the stage managers commenting that they were the “act of the year”.
Coco and the Butterfields will be performing at Alexander’s in Chester on Friday, May 29. Tickets are £12, available from www.alexanderslive.com or by calling 01244 340005.