Review by: Sharyn Hamey
One listen to Kevan Keeler’s first album Five O' One Nine tells you that this Adelaide musician has a lot more to offer than the average rocker. The album’s title comes from the postcode of the suburb where Kevan grew up but, other than that, nothing about this CD screams ‘suburbia’; far from it. According to Kevan himself, the inspiration for his songs came, at least in part, from his obsession with sci-fi and B grade horror movies, pop culture and rock ‘n’ roll.
Kevan sings lead vocals on all tracks and plays drums on ‘Crazy Kid’, ‘It’s the Singer, Not the Song’, ‘Black Cat Bone’ and ‘Turn it Off’. And he has an impressive set of musicians collaborating on the album with him including, from America, The Bisonette Brothers, Greg and Matt who, between them, have worked with such artists as Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth, Linda Ronstadt and Elton John. He also has the backup of some great local musicians: Steve Williams, Ward Purcell, Peter Marsella, Danny Bryan, Gordon Lambie, Russell Paynter, Grant Thiele, Danny Bryan (who also co-produced the album with Kevan), Peter Jenkins and David Blight.
The result is a solid rock record right from the opener, ‘Wrong Side of the Tracks’, with its decidedly 80s rock feel setting the tone for what lies ahead. There are a couple more mellow tracks, namely ‘It’s the Singer Not the Song’ which is a stand out on the album (in my opinion, at least) and the final track, ‘Flakes’, featuring some jazzy keyboards from Danny Bryan.
Kevan Keeler has delivered a fine piece of work on Five O' One Nine; an excellent debut album from an artist I think we will be hearing from a lot more. If you like a good rock album, you’ll like this one.