Steve Smyth, Naked Bodies and Alister Turrill and the Vagabond Brothers REVIEW

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Steve Smyth, Alister Turrill and Naked Bodies

BEAVS BAR 10/4/2015

Despite a late venue change, Steve Smyth came to town on Thursday night and with support from Alister Turrill and the Vagabond Brothers and Naked Bodies, boy did this show rock. Craming into the band room at Beavs Bar, the audience was treated to an exceptional night of music. Opening up with Alister Turrill and the Vagabond Brothers, it was Jarod (The bass players birthday) having only seen Alister play in solo mode, it was a welcome change to see drums and bass backing him.

Alister Turrill

I’m unsure whether having a ripping beard is an necessity to join the band but going with the other acts on the bill, it was truly one massive night for facial hair. Playing songs off Turrill’s debut album Reverence and Resonance, a true highlight for their set would be the Allman Brother’s classic 1970 track ‘Midnight Rider’. With Turrill channeling Gregg Allman and the bass and drums behind him, you should definitely check this exciting trio live when you can.

The new band for Little Red bassist Quang Dinh was next up and despite the preconceptions you may have given the previous bands these guys were in, their psychedelic rock pop sound that channelled Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones was highly energetic and given the radio friendly singles  ‘Hollywood Boulevard’, ‘Ride On’, there is a cool sixties Steppenwolf ‘Born To Be Wild’ vibe about these guys. Having just released their debut record Piranha they will be playing a whole stack of shows in the upcoming months, so look out for them! Naked Bodies 🙂 Awesome stuff.

Steve Smyth

Finally the moment we all were waiting for arrived and Steve Smyth took to the stage. After cleaning the blood and grime off the fret board that was a result of a hectic week playing at Bluesfest it was awesome to see the man play tracks off ‘Exits’ his latest record. Having played a stack of shows in the US recently for SXSW, it was probably the last time we will see him as he starts work on his third record. With his signature crooning growl in ‘Get On’, his witty banter to ‘body slam the people on the couches’ and then following it up with ‘It’s like a movie marathon in here and were just getting started’ was highly entertaining. 


Mr Smyth thank you for a cracker night out, come back to Geelong and do it all again with a third album! 🙂

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