Thursday, July 16, 2009

Spectrum Again!

Spectrum - 16 July 2009
For the third time in as many years, the classic Aussie rock band, Spectrum performed at an in store at Basement Discs today. They were celebrating the release of their latest EP Breathing Space Too.

They gave us a sampling of it today, which included a song about Xavier Rudd, Xavier Rudd Is Not My Son, Mike Rudd’s response to the frequently asked question about his relationship to Xavier. Also among the new songs played was one called Silicon Valley, written in the 1980s which has claims to being prophetic.

There were five in the band today, not all of them being able to fit on the Basement Discs tiny stage, so the guest saxophonist Jimmy Sloggert and keyboard player Daryl Roberts were off stage. The rest, Peter “Robbo” Robertson (drums) Bill Putt (bass) and Mike Rudd (lead guitar and vocals) took centre stage.

Always enjoyable to watch and hear, Spectrum is still a great band. Mike Rudd is a highly individual guitarist and has an extraordinary high voice.

They finished the mini show with two classic Spectrum numbers, I’ll Be Gone and Sensible Shoes.

Spectrum have
an amusing and informative website - well worth checking out.

In other music news, I received word last night that Justin Townes Earle will again be touring Australia in September/October. More details at the Love Police web site.

Tour Dates:

Sunday, September 27 - Waverock, Waverock, WA
Monday, September 28 - Mojos, Fremantle
Thursday, October 1 - The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
Friday, October 2 - Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne
Sunday, October 4 - Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan
Wednesday, October 7 - Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba
Thursday, October 8 - Annandale Hotel, Sydney
Friday, October 9 - The Zoo, Brisbane

2 comments:

Kay said...

Great review. As always!

Francis Xavier Holden said...

Guess what - Dan Hicks is in town!

Apart from his dates at the Brisbane Music Festival with Gerry Hale & The Innocent Bystanders, legendary American musician Dan Hicks will play one date in Melbourne at suburban Guruland Studios.

Guruland Studios - Melbourne
22nd July, doors 7:30pm
Ring 1300 438 849