A sold out Jive played host to one of the hottest properties in Australian music. Saskwatch put on a riveting, memorable show and were well supported by Melbourne singer Jim Lawrie along with a slightly miscast The Middle Names.
Jim Lawrie sings like a classic American 70s folk singer with a clear, rich voice and great storyteller lyrics. Joined by the Saskwatch guitarist, the live sound for the duo was phenomenally good. Lawrie is an exciting talent with the looks, voice, and all round professionalism who seems set to go much farther if he gains the exposure and support he deserves.
The Middle Names from Tasmania had some charms as a pop rock act. Not super tight, but strong character driven vocals with a bit of a commercial sensibility – a bit like Motorace or Kisschasy, but perhaps not the best for a Saskwatch set.
The main act more than justified the sell out show. With more of a rock-soul influence on the latest album ‘Nose Dive’, Saskwatch simply dominated the stage with fantastic musicianship and blistering soul vocals. In addition to the fantastic horn section, rumbling bass, and tight Rickenbacker guitar, the added use of weird sequencing added another welcome layer. With a sudden on stage marriage proposal which prompted the guitarist to climb up the railing and deliver a simply superlative-defying soul rock set with a lot of variety – Saskwatch put on a show for the ages ,easily their best in Adelaide.
Reviewed by Gavin De Almeida June 27.