Filthy Lucre, Silent Duck and Rat Ta’Mango

Live at Jive, Adelaide SA, Saturday 30th January 2016

The doors opened on Saturday evening at Jive to a hoard of hard rock fans eager to celebrate the release of Filthy Lucre’s debut full-length album Mara. As the venue started to fill, the first tasty band prepared to warm up the crowd for what was to come…

Getting things moving was local Adelaide psych-rock band Rat Ta’Mango. Having seen this band name previously around town, I was intrigued to hear them live and to put a sound to that peculiar name. I was impressed and satisfied by the bluesy tones that echoed throughout Jive and got the early birds moving on the dance floor.

Smack bang in the middle of the night was a quirky, quacky 6-peice band called Silent Duck. Full of unique humor, funky riffs and brassy horns, Silent Duck impressed throughout their forty-minute set. The crowd banter and vocal performance provided by ‘Sexman’ was on fire. I instantly noticed Frank Zappa type influences; the mix of horn section and rock ‘n’ roll music, with spoken vocals splashed here and there was aesthetically pleasing and quite progressive in many respects.

Silent Duck 30-1-2016Silent Duck  showcased their brassy funk-rock tunes.

To round off the night satisfying everyone’s burning desire to hear the tastiest, most blistering and intense riffs of all time, Filthy Lucre took to the stage. Vowing to play every song off the new album, I knew we were in for a treat.

Filthy Lucre is made up of Luke Marsh on guitars, cigars and vocals and Ed Noble on drums and percussion. This band only has two members but manages to create a huge sound; I am surprised and impressed every time, especially when I hear the cigar-box guitar put into action. It is full and in your face, making you stand up and move to the music.

From beginning to end Filthy Lucre brought the big guns, fat, chunky riffs were flying all around Jive. The energy was high on stage and off stage, with many fans in the crowd moshing and jumping around to the music hitting our ears. I’m pretty sure that drummer Ed Noble, was standing up for most of the gig!

All I could think of at the end of the night was how fortunate I am to have experienced such a powerful and memorable performance from Filthy Lucre. I had never seen such excitement and vigor in the local scene, the crowd was giving back the intense energy that they were receiving from the performers. It was a positive night full of sleazy, dirty rock music and Filthy Lucre were the stars.

As the night came to a close, I felt excited because I couldn’t wait to hear Mara, the album I was holding in my hands. I hoped that the sheer, exhilarating live performance of Filthy Lucre would be translated onto the studio record and the thick, fat tones would be captured for all to hear. I guess I will have to listen and find out… for the love of music.

Filthy Lucre 30-1-20156A solid riff-rock performance by Filthy Lucre made Jive go crazy.

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Ripley

Live at Electra House, Adelaide SA, Thursday 6th August 2015

In the relatively new Electra House venue on Thursday evening, I made my way up to see Ripley in an intimate and personal album launch for his new EP, Bigger Than Me. Showcasing his new tunes on acoustic guitar, the emotionally charged performance was a pleasure to hear and experience.

Ripley is the fresh solo project by Joe Braithwaite, previously the soulful singing front man of Lowrider. On this particular occasion he graced the stage by himself with a guitar in hand. With a short set of four songs that convey the roller-coaster that was Ripley’s life over the past year, it was a moving, expressive and uplifting night.

Starting with a relaxed number, I was reminded just how beautiful and unique Ripley’s voice is. With controlled falsetto melodies and tasteful guitar backing, it was a chance to demonstrate his powerful song writing in an organic, acoustic light.

The second song was a grungy piece about the negative effects of guns. Everyone was tapping their feet around the room, feeling the words that were being bellowed with fat, funky riffs. However, the feels didn’t stop there; Ripley then played a song about the passing of his brother. It was a stirring and emotional piece that had everyone in the venue hanging on each word and note.

Ripley ended the set with ‘Harper’s Song’, a tune that was written for his daughter. The song is tender, with an intricate vocal performance, touching lyrics and sparse guitar backing. Before performing ‘Harper’s Song’, Ripley announced that the official music video is up on YouTube, so be sure to check it out!

It was a short but sweet set that left everyone at Electra House wanting more. I was reminded of how Ripley is a great performer, songwriter and instrumentalist, who has produced incredible tunes that touch both the heart and the soul. I look forward to hearing the Bigger Than Me EP when it is released next week for the love of music.

Ripley 6-8-2015

Harts, Electric Exiles and Lost Woods

Live at Rocket Bar & Rooftop, Adelaide SA, Friday 5th June 2015

The other Friday night I attended Rocket Bar to see an awesome sold out show that I had been looking forward to in recent weeks. Everyone showed up to celebrate Harts’ much anticipated new Breakthrough EP release.

Kicking off the evening was local Adelaide outfit, Lost Woods. I had seen this band previously when they opened for Avenue at the Adelaide Fringe in March this year, so I knew what to expect to some degree. However, on that evening the band was down a drummer. Avenue’s drummer filled in, I was very impressed considering they hadn’t played together much before. This performance was much more coherent, the 90s influences were spilling out left, right and centre. My ear was caught by the magnificent falsetto vocal performance by Peter White, a highlight of the performance.

Next up was another local Adelaide creation, Electric Exiles. I have heard many good things about this group but had never got around to seeing them. It was certainly worth the wait! With tasty Brit pop influences, they had my feet tapping and my hands clapping. They provided music to get you dancing and choruses that everyone sang along to, some of the tunes still haven’t left my head. A sneaky cover of ‘Alright’ by Supergrass had everyone singing. Electric Exiles was a great choice to get the audience warmed up.

Electric Exiles 5-6-2015

A thrilling performance by Electric Exiles.

Finally, Harts took to the stage with some funky and rockin’ tunes. The crowd loved every ferocious pick of that uniquely painted Stratocaster. Smack bang in the middle of the set was the tune everyone had been waiting for, Harts’ title track ‘Breakthrough.’ The venue erupted; there wasn’t a stationary lip in the house. Everyone was singing and dancing as the guitar cut through the din, searing and modern.

I had not heard much of Harts music, but was impressed by his mix of old school bluesy rock guitar and more electro-modern influences. It is real music you can dance to, or even sit back and listen to the quality of his guitar playing, vocals and musical arrangement. It was remarkable to see him play almost all instruments, a live drummer accompanying him was an exception. Such depth!

The crowd chanted ‘one more song!’ as the drums came in with a distinct beat. My initial inklings were correct, the guitar smacked me in the face as the ‘Purple Haze’ riff echoed throughout Rocket Bar. It makes me proud, being a bit Jimi Hendrix obsessed, that the music of yesterday is still alive and loved by the younger generation of today thanks to artists like Harts, who take all their influences and mix them together in a pot to create something new, interesting and lovable.

What an incredible evening of music that felt like it was over before it started. Music that gets you dancing and moving all night is worth every penny, and makes for a memorable night out. These are three quality bands all worth checking out for the love of music.

Harts 5-6-2015Harts knows how to entertain and rock out.