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LIVE Scott Kelly The Rosemount Australia November 2013

SCOTT KELLY LIVE AT THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL PERTH 10th NOVEMBER 2013

 

SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME

LIVE AT THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

AUSTRALIAN TOUR, 10th NOVEMBER 2013

Scott Kelly Live Australia 2013

Scott Kelly is most famous for being a founding member of progressive experimental band Neurosis but some may not be too aware of his solo work which is by now fairly extensive. His solo shows are always well recieved but they are quite different to Neurosis in almost everyway, the main difference being the instruments used at these shows are mostly accoustics only. After hitting Australia in 2012 to critical acclaim, Scott Kelly And The Road Home return to the country to put on another solid tour.

 



 

 

Originally gothic solo artist Jarboe was supposed to open as support act but pulled out of the tour at the last minute. In her place was fellow Neurosis bandmate Noah Landis who was also part of the main act at the end of the night. Listening to Noah's solo act was really interesting in the fact that his was truly a solo act - no drummer, no bass player, no vocalist, no other band members - it was a solo act in the true sense of the word. Starting out with his own material, the sound tipped it's hat to 90's alternative rock, grungey at best with a hint of punk attitude. Fully electrified of course so your attention was fully on the guitar sounds and not distracted by anything else and despite there being no drum beat, it was still grooving and had a solid beat. I think the addition of at least a drummer would have truly made a fantastic impact but it still sounded great for what it was.

 

 

 

Scott Kelly and his backing band came on stage next and pretty much got into it pretty quickly. Mostly in accoustic form with Noah Landis occasionally adding an electric for a different sound in the mix which was all accompanied by an ambient synthesizer which added nicely to the vibe. The intimate crowd was fairly enthusiastic for it all although there were quite a few shout outs for Neurosis which had to be expected. Scott Kelly's low voice was perfect for the sombre style of music that was at hand, the gritty sound from the band a far cry from what we had already heard tonight. The music borders on an almost droney style in some ways, the pace quite slow and again, no drummer so the focus was really on the guitar playing which by no means was intricate but is not meant to in music like this. Folk music this is not though as Scott Kelly voices his mellow and sometimes touching lyrics to the crowd in a very personal way. A touch of a southern twang in some of the songs gives the show a bit of a desert weary country feel, again, adding to the grittiness of the whole thing. A dedication of the last song of the night to the fans where he talks about family in whatever it meant to the crowd ended a night of mellow and gritty but amazing night of music. This is accoustic guitar driven music in it's rawest and most honest form.

 

 

 

by Andrew Schizodeluxe images by Mark Diggins November 2013

 

 

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