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GASOLINE INC

 

ACOUSTIC AT THE DEEN

 

THE 'DEEN, NORTHBRIDGE. 16th DECEMBER 2011

 

 

 

 

Since leaving the West in January, with a farewell show at Fremantle’s Fly By Night club, in order to relocate to the Eastern States, Gasoline Inc has been busy planning the next big push and getting together new material for a January/February release. (You can read more about that and what the guys have been up to in our interview – up soon).

 

 

It’s been great to catch up with Gab and Matt whilst they are ‘back home’ playing a few last minute acoustic shows that blend the old and the new and a few choice covers.

 

 

There are plenty of familiar faces at The Deen even though we have an early start and after a few brief words of introduction we’re straight into Gasoline Inc with ‘Nicotine and Love’ and ‘Butterfly’ leading the way. The new stuff – “Wanted One’; the Ned Kelly song from the forthcoming EP is pretty solid too, even though we’re only getting the bare bones acoustically, it should be something special. I can’t wait to hear what these guys are going to do with that in the studio.

 

 

As a band that has been around the traps for a while this is the first time we’ve seen Gab strap on a guitar and even though he’s told me he’s not entirely comfortable and won’t be doing a ‘Bon Jovi’ anytime soon when they play electrically, he does a fine job. It’s good to see, too, that here’s another band that aren’t afraid to change things up for an acoustic set rather than just play the songs straight.  The version of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ has a very nice mellow, laid back arrangement.

 

 

When you are familiar with a band’s catalogue it’s great to hear your own personal favourites and for me ‘Shedding my Skin’ has always been one of mine, and it and ‘The Dirty Three’ both sound great acoustically tonight.  There’s a delicacy to ‘The Quatrains’ too that really suits the setting and the stripped back nature of the set.

 

 

 

 

Before we get a real treat with some frenetic Elvis and Johnny Cash, there’s a song Gab tells us hasn’t been played for years in “Flame Trees” which is probably about four years old and on the basis of tonight’s setting should probably get a more frequent outing.

 

 

Matt has a false start before we’re into another crowd favourite: ‘Another Candle Burns’. And as they play the first song they ever played together: Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”, trading vocals; someone tells me they think that Matt has a bit of a young Mellencamp about his voice, they’re not far wrong either.

 

 

‘Waiting for a Sign’; another new one, written only a couple of weeks ago, that I got a sneak preview of at a private show the night before, does sound a lot like something the modern day Bon Jovi might have written and is bound to sound great full electric with its trademark Gasoline Inc sing-along chorus. Definitely one to watch out for.

 

 

Then, with thanks to the crowd and a couple of whiskies, (you can’t play slide with a plastic cup just in case you ever wondered) we’re into the last few songs.

 

 

 

 

 

‘Drift away’ really suits both Gab’s vocals and the two guitars there’s some great melodies that again reinforce Matt’s contribution vocally, and the crowd is dancing and clapping along.

 

 

Second last song of the evening ‘Blessed’ is also on the new EP, and has only ever had the one airing – at the Fly By Night farewell show. They close, of course with ‘Superstar’ probably their best known song and certainly the favourite of those gathered here tonight, but not a patch on the recorded version in its full electric glory. And with a quick ‘Now let's have a few drinks and get fucked up’ it’s off to the bar.

 

 

A great laid back night and great to see the guys back in town if only for a fleeting visit. Gasoline Inc is a band you should be looking out for if you live on the East Coast, though I’m sure they’ll manage to get back home from time to time.

 

 

Look out for the new EP early next year.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins