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Funk band release album after viral single

AAP logoAAP 6/09/2016

Coming off the back of a single that went viral around the globe is a challenge for any band, but releasing a funk album about powerful women is Vaudeville Smash's best bet.

The Melbourne-based indie five-piece are in the midst of a national tour after releasing their new album, The Gift, in late August.

Their single Zinedine Zidane, celebrating the colourful French soccer player, became the unofficial song of the 2014 World Cup after amassing almost 4.3 million hits on YouTube.

Lead singer Marc Lucchesi says roping in Australian soccer commentator Les Murray for the track, combined with popular Zidane, masked players in the film clip, and a "really great hook" was a recipe for success.

But now is the time to put a face to the band's music, he said.

"Never in our wildest dreams did we think whatever we were going to do next was going to top that," Lucchesi told AAP.

He said the band has spent the past three years refining their sound, moving away from the "hodgepodge" style of their debut album Dancing For The Girl to make "the greatest disco funk, boogie album" possible.

"When we look back at the The Gift, half of the songs are about really strong chicks," Lucchesi said, citing the tracks Richter Scale and She Checked Me Out, among others.

He said the film clip for their newest single, Laura, stars dancer Shivawn Joubert as a "man-eating force of nature" and was inspired by the experience of dating someone out of your league.

"I wanted people to be able to look at that film clip and think 'If I go to see them live, this is pretty much what I'll be looking at'," Lucchesi said.

"One thing we're really good at is making new fans."

REMAINING VAUDEVILLE SMASH TOUR DATES

September 10 - Jive, Adelaide

September 24 - The Gasometer, Melbourne

October 1 - Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney

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