David Bridie

David Bridie

Ever walked into a venue and wondered whether you truly belong there? Such was the case when I walked in the Oakleigh Caravan Music RSL and quickly found out I was about a third of the average age. Not sure why I was surprised, given David Bridie began his music career in the early 80s.

Opening for Bridie was Eden Mulholland and I had no idea what to expect when I realised he was the only musician on the stage. This is truly the first time I’ve seen a one-man band. Most songs began with him recording guitar parts on his pedals and then playing another instrument over it. In one song he would sing and play keyboard over echo effects. In another tune he would record the guitar part, play around with his Mac computer, hit some bass guitar notes, play a couple of keys and then go back to bass. I wouldn’t say it was awkward, but it wasn’t seamless.

As for the music itself, it was simple pop music. Lyrics were random as hell. Some were based on old sayings such as “barking up the wrong tree” and others mentioned Jesus quite a bit. There is an appeal in the unexpectedness of the lyrics...especially since there’s not much instrumentation here.

I was a bit stunned when he sang a song called ‘Such a Shame you Must Die’, singing “I’m gonna find you/I’m gonna kill you” in a high and scary voice. Then he sang a song called ‘Stupid Ghost’, singing ‘Because she’s with someone else’. Is this ghost the person that was killed in the previous song?!

In short: not my kind of music. Eden has a nice voice but his performance was underwhelming. He needs more experience to gain more confidence.

David Bridie began with a very confident and competent vocal delivery. He sounds like Bono, which is interesting considering they both write songs on social and political issues. Beginning by himself, a backing band came on stage later on, including help by Eden. Bridie is obviously the star of the show here and he plays a beautiful piano. The backing band served to simply complement Bridie with effects. I would probably prefer just Bridie singing and his piano playing rather than distracting guitar effects.

My favourite song of the night was ‘Port Resolution’, from his new album Wake. The majority of the songs were from this album, and this was one of the few rock performances of the night. I also quite liked the unexpected cover of Nirvana’s ‘Dive’.

Must admit I got a little bored by the end of the night. It was overall a tad too ambient for me. David Bridie is a great performer, but I think his show will only appeal to fans, especially the hardcore fans considering much of the set was new songs. Fans of his previous bands Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend The Chocolate Cake will be disappointed if they hope to see a ‘Best Of’ set of his entire music career.

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