Having listened to blues and rock most of my early years, I was finding it hard to digest that the mainstream audiences don’t really go for this type of music anymore. And with the drought of quality new rock bands in the scene, I often wished I was born a baby boomer, who I think were the luckiest bunch of people to enjoy the awesome music of the 60’s, 70s and 80s.
When I received the call the cover The Angel’s gig marking their 40 years and the release of their new album “Talk the talk” at the Bridge Hotel, I was simply over the moon.
It was a fantastic opportunity to see one of the greatest rocks acts that Australia has ever produced. I have to admit that I was not too familiar with The Angels and the legacy that they have left behind in the music world. This group, who has been cited by Nirvana, Pearl Jam and GNR as one of their influences have been so under the radar in media. A band with this much talent, musical prowess and hits would have written a different history if they were Americans or British. I just feel that they deserve a lot more media attention and fame than their ever-loving fan base and people within the music industry…simply because they ROCK!!!!
I had butterflies fluttering in my guts as my excitement to shoot this band was met with a sense of “I cannot afford to fail” self-laden pressure. I had to do justice with my camera skills to get enough decent shots to pay homage to this amazing group. While waiting for them to start, I noticed the crowd gathering, most of them were in their 30s or 40s and some even beyond that age group. Only a handful were in their teens or early 20s. I could easily sense their excitement to see their heroes who were about to perform, once again.
When the band took the stage and started performing, I was thrown back to my younger years – the great riffs, awesome guitar tones, Dave’s impressive vocals and all that. I never felt so alive in years. It was so clear to see why the Brewster brothers were the backbone of the band. Rick Brewster (lead) and John Brewster (rhythm, vocals, lead) were out of this world. Their bluesy rock guitar playing was powerful, melodious and could easily rival the guitar greats of the world. Nick Norton (drums) and Sam Brewster (Bass) were greatly supporting the pair. Nick and Sam, the new generation of music talents of Australia showed that Rock music is there to stay.
Then there was Dave Gleeson. His raw, powerful, amazing vocals, his stage presence and his aura were on the same league as the guitar playing of the Brewster brothers. This highly regarded crooner knew how to rock the crowd and was oozing pure class.
After they played the songs from their new album “Talk the talk” that would officially be launched on Jan 17, they played their hits. It was a memorable experience. I left the venue fully charged, humming their music and confident that Rock N’ Roll is here to stay.
Review & photography - © 2014 Prajwal Bhattarai
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