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Morgan Bain and The Southern River Band

-By Conor Graham

Jack Rabbit Slims Northbridge’s 50’s diner-esque live music venue opened it’s doors to ‘Perth’s best kept secret’ this weekend for his long awaited album release show.

Perth raised 21 year old Morgan Bain has been doing the rounds for over half a decade now and has built up quite a following in and around Western Australia. He has collected awards such as 2013 ‘Blues and Roots Act of the Year’ and ‘Best Vocalist’ award for SingerUniverse (USA) as well as being nominated for countless awards including the ‘John Lennon Songwriting Competition’ (USA).

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The night began with The Southern River Band taking to the stage and boy did they lead the crowd in a rock-n-roll dance party. Lead singer Callum Kramer (also drummer in Red Engine Caves) took to the stage with his wonderful Noel Fielding mane, 70’s tasche and glittery leggings. I knew they were gonna be good just from that. Featuring behind the head guitar solos, on stage appearances from parents and hints of some Van Halen like goodness, these guys where one hell of an opening act. Kramer even descended offstage to shred with the crowd. Talk about getting everyone pumped! This was only aided by some of the best live music production I’ve heard in a while. Jack Rabbit Slims is a 450 capacity venue with a sound system far superior to what would be expected. A really nice touch.

After the blistering opening act, Bain’s came on stage silently in his simple white shirt and black jacket combo to play a solo song on piano before the rest of the band filed in. His band consist of three fantastic musicians, Adam Springetti on Bass, Andrew Pearson on Drums and Astrid Ripepi on Piano/Vocals. Bain’s was also joined on stage by his girlfriend and singer/songwriter Teischa for one song.

The very clean all black look of the band and venue was greatly contrasted by his new array of flashy ‘Italia’ Guitars. Bain’s used his Lime Sparkle ‘Modena Semitone’, Classic Gold “Maranello’ and 15th Anniversary ‘Torino’ to showcase his new songs from the album. Stand out songs include Somebody Else, Why Don’t You Stay and his take on Anthony Hamilton’s Coming Where I’m From.

It’s been a long two years for Morgan Bain getting his album ready for release and the great display of athletic vocals and hard-hitting songs seem to be performed with a sense of relief and pride. He finished the gig with a ridiculously powerful and extended soaring high ‘D’ scream before grabbing his whiskey and walking off stage as the band finished the rest of the number. A cool ending to a great gig. If this performance is anything to go on, the album is going to be something to look forward to with great anticipation.

 

Photo Credit: Alexander Miller

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