Microwave Jenny

From the outside, The Gasometer looks like any other Melbourne venue but the band room features a mezzanine level with a roof that opens up.

Deadly award nominees, Microwave Jenny, are husband and wife duo, Tessa and Brendan Boney. Creating music which is as unique as their name and based in London, this young pair have clocked up experience beyond their years. Deceptively unassuming, Microwave Jenny treat the audience to original electro folk pop music. Tessa, or Jenny as she is now often called has a voice equal to that of any R&B diva, but without the ego. Her sultry tone, inflections and hand gestures easily combine with Brendan's beat boxing and guitar work, his voice similar to the grandeur of Tracy Chapman. Mixing it up with the use of a Roland SPD-SX and a loop machine, Microwave Jenny offer the vibrance of youth with a musical maturity. The last track of the set 'I Need A Woman' had a Motown sound reminiscent of the timeless master piece between Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, 'It Takes Two', this merged into a mashup of contemporary covers including Sam Smith, Disclosure and Paloma Faith. Check out their free download of original track 'Shine Like New'.

From humble beginnings in their bedroom to the international stage, Sheppard are the new darlings of Chugg Entertainment. Proving they cater for all fans, this talented supergroup played an all ages gig at The Gasometer. George Sheppard, is the ultimate entertainer, his boyish good looks and cheeky attitude winning the crowd over instantly. Playing to only a few hundred people, he performed as if he were playing to a stadium. His vocal range and ability matches his stage presence and if that's not enough he also plays keys and drums. Amy Sheppard gives the band a heavier edge when she takes to the front with her contemporary vocals, throwing in harmonica and tambourine for good measure.

Emma, the last Sheppard on stage is more stoic in her approach as she plays the bass. It is easy to be captivated by the siblings on stage but this is not to forget the mastery that is behind them. There since the bands conception, Jay Bovino on guitar, the ever present driving rhythms of Dean Gordon on drums and the sublime tone of Michael Butler, “Schmick Mick” on electric guitar skilfully combine to create feel good polyphony.

Sheppard offer more than the epic singalong anthems that are 'Let Me Down Easy' and 'Geronimo'. Playing for an entire hour they show elements of blues in 'Shine My Way', reggae in 'This Electric Feeling' and a possible new direction of a heavier rock feel in previewing an unreleased track called 'Free'. They cleverly fill a niche in the pop scene. An area of music free from the derogative lyrics of Keisha and the attention seeking twerking antics of Miley Cyrus.

Destined to take out numerous ARIA awards Sheppard deserve all the acclaim. If you haven't already, grab a copy of their debut album Bombs Away.

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