Pic: Steve Worner
“The best thing about writing and singing soul music is that it has heart, and sometimes these days people try to get caught up with being intelligent, clever and witty with their lyrics, and I don’t possess any of those skills, but what I do possess is to be honest and to be true.”
– Odette Mercy
Yomi Ship harbour all the most interesting of the descriptives that come after the musical catch-all that is ‘rock’.
Instrumental, experimental, art, psychedelic, post and progressive – they are all these and more in spades, but brothers Nick Osborne (drums) and Jarred Osborne (drums) grew up in a musical family founded on some straight up rock’n’roll traditions. As young as 13 they were playing hard rock covers and originals at community festivals and Royal Shows, but evolution was afoot.
BLUES AT BRIDGETOWN – November 10-12, 2017
Review & photography by Shane Pinnegar
We’re back in Bridgetown for our annual pilgrimage to The Blues. A scant three-hour drive South of Perth, this idyllic location this year hosts the TWENTY-FIFTH edition of their iconic festival: a uniquely not-for-profit, volunteer-run event attracting far too many cool musicians to spend a moment longer than necessary relaxing after driving through the glorious 33ºC spring heat.
In the second of the Live At The Backlot: Up Close And Personal series we’ll meet the creative force behind Perth’s funk/soul favourites, Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics.
Odette Mercy and Johnny Nandez met in the mid-2000s when both were part of the Funk Club collective. In the time since they have turned Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics into a powerhouse dancefloor-filling outfit. But while the grooves are irresistible, there’s more than meets the eye in terms of the creative dynamic and the deeper sentiments within.
Indie rock darlings The Clouds are back with a brand new single and a rare WA headline show at Metropolis Fremantle on Friday, November 10, with old mates The Falling Joys in support. Shane Pinnegar gave bassist/vocalist Trish Young a call and found that the four-piece really are happy in The Clouds.
That’s not to say they’ve just picked up where they left off in 1997 – life has changed for them all since then, but it all comes back to the music and their chemistry.