Sunday, September 05, 2010

Moody Acoustic Music for a Rainy Day in Melbourne

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For a change, instead of a week day, Basement Discs presented an excellent Saturday afternoon in store performance by Brisbane band The Gin Club yesterday.

They were worth the trip into the city despite the nasty weather – a windy wet day, though not particularly cold for once.

The Gin Club are a seven or eight piece outfit, and each of the band members appear to be multi skilled, swapping instruments, and taking turn about to lead the singing. Band members are Ben Salter (pictured above), Adrian Stoyles, Scott Regan (also above on the right), Brad Pickersall, Conor Macdonald, Bridget Lewis (on cello), Ola Karlsson, Dan Mansfield and Angus Agars. Not all of the abovementioned were present yesterday.

So how would one describe their music? It’s kind of dark and moody, and reminded me a bit of the Willard Grant Conspiracy, sort of folk rock, quite beautiful with the songs having engaging melodies and offbeat lyrics.

All the vocalists (most of the band) were blessed with great voices and the harmonies were swooningly lovely.

It was yet another superb Basement In Store. Check out The Gin Club on their web page or My Space.

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