It goes without saying that Melbourne is one of the live music capitals of the world. Every night of the week, venues throughout the city and inner suburbs play host to scores of world class bands playing all forms of world class music.
The fact is that whilst most of these bands provide the fabric of Melbourne’s fabulous live music culture, incredibly, relatively few make an impact on the national and world stage.
The Saint Jude band seem ready to make that impact!
With the release of their third album, conveniently titled ‘Saint Jude III’, their warm sounding, soulful country psych is a really enjoyable listening experience.
Full of great musicianship, pristine harmonies and wonderful vocal performances by frontman Brooke Penrose, Saint Jude bought their A-game to this recording. They have given themselves plenty of space to shine within each track.
The production is crystalline. And with jangling guitars, swirling organs, synths, mellotrons, theremins, ebows, sitars, pianos, horns, violins and harmonicas they have thrown the kitchen sink at it!!
This is an album for now, but would not seem out of place at any time in the 60’s or 70’s.
What may, or may not be, their influences, are prominent. You can hear references to The Byrds, Dylan, The Eagles, The Band, Tom Petty, Widespread Panic, Counting Crows and Band Of Horses throughout. It has a completely free and joyous feel and all of these songs would translate well live, particularly in a festival environment.
And there are highlights aplenty!
From the opener ‘As Deep As The Sea’, the forlorn, piano lead ‘Other Side Of The World’, through to the gospel tinged duo ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ and ’Please Let Me Stand’.
The cornerstone track of course is the 9 minute epic, ‘St Claire’. This is their ‘Freebird’. I can only imagine this song will continually morph into an extended tour de force in the great jamband tradition. It simmers and slow burns before reaching its powerful crescendo. One of the best songs you will hear. Period!
Saint Jude III is a breakthrough album if ever I’ve heard one. But it could quite easily be a case of them succeeding in overseas markets before making it in their home country.
Either way, these boys deserve to do well. Check out the album and check them out live if you get the chance. Just Google Saint Jude band.
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