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CHRIS GIBBS ALBUM LAUNCH 2014

CHRIS GIBBS LIVE AT THE INDI BAR PERTH MARCH 30 2014

CHRIS GIBBS

THE INDI BAR, SCARBOROUGH, PERTH WA

MARCH 30 2014

READ OUR REVEW OF 'BIG APPETITE' HERE

Most of tonight’s crowd at the Indi Bar know Chris Gibbs, or at least certainly know of him and his music, and as such it feels like a real family gathering tonight as the rain spits down on Scarborough.

We’re lucky enough to have heard and reviewed Chris new album in advance and so tonight’s play through of the new material in its entirety is more familiar than it will be for most and as such it’s great to watch and hear the response to each of the songs as it comes.


In essence ‘Big Appetite’ is a very low key album, with a big ‘West Coast AOR’ vibe and maybe a little off-centre for those that know Chris’ back catalogue. It’s certainly mellower than we’ve heard from him before. With six on stage though, even if a little crowded, the material sounds wonderful and rich and full, and despite a few sound issues (inaudible violin to the right of the stage, which is a huge shame) its nice to hear the work in its entirety.

Playing the album right through from start to finish with no other material really sets out the stall for this one, and whilst you can see the reaction to some songs is immediate, there are moments when the songs seem to grow on the audience, and even a couple of moments where the music doesn’t seem to connect so well. When you consider the album’s laid back nature and lighter moments it’s not really surprising I suppose, but it’s cool to watch those ears and eyes listening and watching for the first time, with you stood there wondering if they will pick up on the same things you did, and will favour the same songs.


Like it was for me with the album, the night has a great flow to it, from the lyrical dexterity of opener ‘Big Appetite’, replete with guitar and sax ‘duel’, through the stomp of ‘Said the Spider to the Fly’ to the pop and jazz and laid back rock that follows.

The night too has a few mellower moments like the jazzy ‘Room For Everyone’ which does lose a few in the room’s attention, but it’s more than made up for by the real crowd pleasers which judging by reaction would have to number amongst them ‘Separate Ways’ a subdued pop ballad; ‘Don’t Count Him Out’ where the storytelling comes to the fore and ‘Wrong Side of the Tracks’ the Bluesiest and most forceful number in the set tonight.


On stage Chris has assembled a group of fine musicians, who do the material great justice, and aside from a mix that is a little off at times and in places, it’s a faithful representation of the album itself. With no additional songs to distract us, the reception is overwhelmingly warm and there’s a wonderful laid back friendly vibe in the room. It’s nice also to hear the great percussion, though if I could make one observation it would be that it might have sounded even fuller with some drums in the mix. It is after all an observation, and not a criticism and possibly, given the size of the stage, and the numbers on it, also likely an impossibility.  


It’s a great night amongst friends.

 


You can check out Chris' material and more at http://www.noiseathonrecords.com/

 

 

by Mark Diggins | Photos by Awakening Vixen Photography | March 2014

 

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