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INTERVIEW JOHN WAITE 2013

LIVE VIDA CAIN ALBUM LAUNCH THE BAKERY 13 9 2013 REVIEW

 

VIDA CAIN 'RULE OF GRAVITY' ALBUM LAUNCH

THE BAKERY, NORTHBRIDGE, PERTH SEPTEMBER 13 2013

 

VIDA CAIN is a band you will be hearing a lot more of soon. Launching their debut album 'The Rule of Gravity' on Friday 13th was a brave move, but those who gathered at The Bakery saw a show that was worth braving the weather for.

 

 

It was indeed Black Friday, weather-wise, when local rock giants, Vida Cain, launched their first full-length CD at The Bakery. You might even say “it was a dark and stormy night”.  But the weather only kept the lightweights away and what remained was a large crowd of diehard live music fans, keen to get their fill of riffs, grooves and alcohol.

 

In keeping with Vida Cain’s egalitarian ethos, every band on the night enjoyed top notch lighting and sound production, which was well deserved.  The supporting bands showcased the wide variety of musical styles to be enjoyed in Perth’s vibrant live music scene.  It was a great night for lovers of good singing, strong song writing and spirited performances.

 


Wise Oaks have amassed a large fan base, including the members of Vida Cain, because of their thoughtful lyrics and irresistible rhythms.   Their songs encompass a wide range of emotions and Liam Oliver’s voice is well up to the task.  The punters were drawn to the stage front as if by hypnosis – some compelled to dance; others content to stand and feel the warmth of the music on this wintery night.

 



 

 

Another local band that has no trouble getting punters up on the floor is Rag n’ Bone.  Although the band has existed for a relatively short time, its members share a wealth of experience and talent.   This is not a band that stands motionless, staring at their shoes.  No, this band dances!  Singer, Kiera Owen, swayed and twirled while enchanting the crowd with her seductive voice.  Bassist, Sara McPherson, is the dancingest bass player you’ll ever see.  And how Axel Carrington managed to play his guitar while leaping all over the stage is beyond me.  Jamie Gallacher, alas, was tied to his drum kit but his job was to make everybody else dance and he succeeded admirably.

 


But when it comes to making people dance, it’s hard to beat the mighty Vida Cain.  From the moment they took the stage dressed like mad scientists, standing at the back of the crowd with your arms folded was never going to be an option.  This band thrives on audience participation and they know how to get it.  Singer/guitarist, Josh Johnstone, commanded the crowd with ease.  His singing voice was strong and emotive while he hammered the audience with massive riffs and the occasional solo from his trusty Fender Telecaster.  Chris Rowe (lead guitar), perhaps inspired by the antics of Rag n’ Bone’s guitarist Axel, danced up a storm in his shiny rock star shirt while his old school mate John Reece (drums) played the gig of his life.  Nobody could resist JR’s infectious grooves and powerful fills, especially when Travis Endersby added his strong yet melodic style of bass playing.  Every style of dancing: head banging; moshing; old-school disco struttin’ and good old “daggy dancing” graced the dance floor for Vida Cain’s entire set.  The band’s best known song, Only Love Things, was enhanced by a horn section comprised of JR’s sister (The Shakeys drummer, Lauren) on sax while Chris’s brother, Tony, helped out on trumpet making it a family affair.  They returned for Cocaine Psycorella, which was a real crowd pleaser. 

 

 

 

 

The band played every song on the new CD plus some old favourites that didn’t make it to the album, and it was impossible to say which one was the crowd’s favourite.  The new songs were applauded as enthusiastically as the more familiar songs, such as Only Love Things, Remote Controls and Reloader – although Cocaine Psycorella with its “na na na na” chorus got the crowd bouncing up and down more than usual.  Picking the most radio friendly song on the CD is as hard as describing the genre of Vida Cain’s music.  The title track seems a sure thing, along with any of the fore mentioned songs, but I’m going to stick my neck out and pick Bleed It Out because it encompasses everything people like about Vida Cain: a heavy riff, strong melody, big chorus and danceability. 

 

 

Another thing people like about Vida Cain is that they’re a nice bunch of chaps – many fans stayed behind after the gig to congratulate the band and just to hang out and chat.  Perth clearly loves Vida Cain if the launch of The Rule of Gravity is any indication.  Now they plan to charm the pants off the good folk of Melbourne and Sydney.  Good luck, boys!

 

 

 

 

by Rob Rockpit 13 September 2013

 

 

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