The New VINDICATOR SMOOTH
(Ged Corben and Jon Schofield join Mark Sisto, Andy Newman, Dave Alexander and Madeleine Chase)
EXCELSIOR HOTEL, SURRY HILLS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2006

Review by: THE NOBLE CHIN aka BERNARDO GUI

It was an excellent and well-paced set with a supportive band for the vocal content of the rather ambitious quality of the songs. Being an old fart I loved that fact my ears weren't ringing when it was over.

Ultimately it's the songs that matter and there were plenty of highlights with great performances from everyone. I loved "I'd Sink Too" and was pretty taken with the middle-eight. The highlight for me was Johnny Cash's "When The Man Comes To Town". A vocal performance which hushed the crowd, played with great sensitivity and support by a band that listens to each other with genuine appreciation.

Among other memorable highlights was Johnny River's great "Poor Side Of Town" with featured guest vocalist Madeleine Chase's haunting doo-wop vocal figure ghosting the outro. Solid rhythm guitar from Jon Schofield throughout on his 60's Lake Placid Blue Telecaster with added Paul Kelly-schooled harmony vocal blending seamlessly with Madeleine's and Mark Sisto's smooth baritone lead. Ged Corben did cool and sweet stuff on a 12-string. An impressive first gig for this line up.

Another observation from Sydney singer and actor, Ripley Hood, given verbally, and he stood by the quote later when sober:

"I don't like other singers, they usually suck. They shit me, So many have impinged on my ears and happiness with painful bullshit. Just too many wannabes. I hardly ever have a nice thing to say, usually. Why should I? That's just me. I am not mean, but it's standards mate. This shit can be important, so I hate when shit is served up and then ya have to be polite. You know what I'm sayin'?

"This was great. Ged, Skoey together. 'Bout time! That worked real well with the girl too, loved it. I did not want to stop watching to get a beer. Do you know what that means? Do ya? I did not want to miss a second.

"Sisto did more as he was stiller, get it? Who the fuck does that for you these days? That whole place was in that still. His presence ... like it WEIGHED, and that whole place in stillness. Get it? Fucking great.

"I want them to play on a bill with my group BLUE SUNSHINE."

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