sEXY SOUL AND HARD-HITTING TRUTHS AT VINYL.
Words by Andrea Beaumont
I had another fantastic night at Vinyl!
The trio that is Jupiter was down to two this evening. They offered the audience a stripped back performance, drawing on their recently recorded tracks for some songs and using just what they had on stage for others. This allowed one of their newest songs, “Alchemy”, to be quite an intimate experience as it was performed closer to the way it was originally written. Given it was the first time I’d heard Jupiter, it’s hard to imagine the strong and unique vocal styling of lead singer Alyssa Fletcher (who sounds like the love child of Kimbra and a sexy, soulful jazz singer playing in a jazz bar), with any more instrumental support. While Jupiter’s music was truly beautiful, I think listening to Alyssa’s voice alone would be equally as mesmerising. Regardless, I’m excited to see them again in full force at some stage. I also really appreciated their covers of Erykah Badu and TLC (No Scrubs is always a good time.)
There are some incredible things happening in the Duigan gene pool – Argus and the Liar is evidence of that. The two siblings who front the band were the only ones on stage as they rapped along to soulful and funky pre-recorded tracks. They were delivering truths left, right and centre, as they spoke of political and cultural wrongs and injustices. The chant they had echoing through Vinyl – “fuck Tony Abbott!” – is a fairly good representation of their views on Australian society right now. I was really taken by these guys and can’t wait to hear more from them.
Continuing with the theme of social injustice, the always fantastic Babylon Burning delivered some home hitting truths in the form of upbeat reggae. Their songs tell stories of both general injustices in Australian society and specific stories as well, such as those of asylum seekers suffering in offshore detention. It had been a while since I’d last seen Babylon Burning, but they stayed true to form with their energy and passion. While tackling severe issues, they still give a show that leaves everyone on a high. With the amount of fun vibes being generated by this seven-piece band, it didn’t take long at all to get everybody on their feet and grooving along.
With Vinyl in it’s last weeks, it was heartening to see it in such high spirits. If it’s going out – it’s going out with a bang, and it certainly lived up to that tonight. With any luck at all, this won’t be the last we see of this incredibly cool and unique venue that has hosted a vast array of local and visiting acts.