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Morgan Bain Single Launch @ The Astor Theatre

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Review and Photos by Ebony Campbell

Friday 7th March, 2014

As a reviewer, I’m supposed to spin a tale of musical delights; setting a scene you wish you were part of, so that it’s impossible to miss the magic next time it’s in town. Up until the main event at Morgan Bain’s single launch, that story may very well have been possible.

IMG_0638Opening the evening with a casual confidence and super-chilled sound, was Perth local Logan Crawford. Although he claims he ‘doesn’t play many gigs around the place’, Crawford sure had the crowd believing otherwise with an acoustic set that flowed easily. After a few solo tracks, up and coming talent, Jade Richards joined the stage with a voice that matched her natural radiance. All smiles, together they created perfect harmony, with the YouTube single ‘Breathe’, the standout.

There’s a lot to be said for a band that can rock an acoustic gig in a lounge room one week and rock out under a disco-ball, the next. That band my friends, is Edie Green. Although the quartet is less than certain about how the name came about and stuck, there is no mistaking where they’re going. Their front woman, who’s name escapes me, moves in a way that can only be described as mesmerising. Coupled with their edgy, summer riffs played out on drums, guitar, bass, ukulele and piano, this band could very well be the modern No Doubt.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Morgan Bain. But after sitting around for close to 3 hours, his sound in such a confined space, was not music to my ears. The space was way too small to have a drum-kit used in such a way. The ambient lighting from earlier acts had been replaced with stagnant colours, leaving much to be desired. Also, I’m not really too sure if a shirt buttoned that low should be allowed in the likes of The Astor Theatre. The mood set by the previous performers, in no way set the stage for such an aggressive finale. So while Morgan Bain has talent, there was no happy ending to be found here.

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