Monday, April 22, 2013


Bows in thanks once again to the generosity of OAF for winning a pass to see the debuting performance of 'Art vs Science' vocalist Jim Finn's new solo project "Vydamo".

Arriving during the intermission, support band Pluto Jonze were in the process of setting up which included several TV's displaying static, and narration to some of their songs. Pluto captured my attention around 3rd song into their set [title unknown] with their superb eerie theremin sound! it was the first time I think I have heard the theremin played live, [think early space-y film music] although it looked as if not much playing was involved, but the way he moved his hands that controlled the pitch and intensity, INCREDIBLE! A self-depicted 'laptop popster', his sound is best described as electro pulsed, improvised electronic lines and samples. Pluto is definiately a band I could get into. Some of his setlist included:

love the world like a child
all washed up
let your love go

His latest release Eject was dedicated to all those who have ever been in love, adding: "you may be running to someone with open arms or running away with flailing arms, whichever it is, DO IT!"

By this time, the OAF was filling up rather quickly. Friday evening on the Oxford St strip & the talented muso line up had ensured it would. The curtains were drawn and it was time to go grab a cider, chilling in prep for Vydamo.

Art vs Science have been faves ever since I heard Magic Fountain, so naturally I had expected to be totally enthralled with his newly formed solo project Vydamo, making their first appearance. The catchy, boisterous piano-led "Gonna Make It" the first release off the new album, had been receiving regular play on the airwaves and great reviews. When they took to the stage opening with the raunchy electro rock infused "I like the little things in my life" you could tell his recent recouperation from a kidney transplant had influenced his lyrics [although he displayed none of the signs it had slowed him down] Keeping the crowd entertained was easy, Jim and band burst their way through a impressive setlist which included several highly charged unreleased songs, beautiful piano ballads and fun with the passing round of colourful balloons.
setlist [some of the titles may not be accurate]

I like the little things in my life
you gotta let it go
livin in the sunshine
been so long
the future is a dream
I dont think your the one
we are family
times gonna get me by
gonna make it

'I dont think your the one' was dedicated to everyone who has had to say goodbye to love, with many acknowledging they knew what its like. The best was of course yet to come with the crowd cheering loudly to the awesome finale 'Gonna Make It'. Thanks again to the OAF for yet another really brilliant evening. My only disappointment was I didnt score the pass for Midnight Juggernauts the following evening. BOO... I strongly suspect OAF might have thought I was a tad too greedy! ◔_◔ Midnight Juggernauts review