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MAURICE FLAVEL’S INTENSIVE CARE LIVE AT LYRICS UNDERGROUND

Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care + Broken Gnomes

Lyric Lane, Maylands June 19, 2020
Reviewed by: Brian Dunne
Photos by: Chris Symes

Oh my Buddha! How good does it feel to be out at a live music venue again? That’s something of a rhetorical question, especially when it’s a night out at such a splendiferous venue as Lyric’s Underground and the acts are as fabulous as can be!




Speaking of fabulous, Broken Gnomes are very bleeding fab indeed. This is a band made up of some of the finest musicians this city has ever had the good fortune to boast. Broken Gnomes manage to blow not so much out, but totally away, all of those musty cobwebs so long left undisturbed by the power and the glory of live, living music.



Broken Gnomes is a collective of some of Perth’s most experienced musicians: Cliff Kent (The Beautiful Losers), Cissi Tsang (Samarobryn/Marley Wynn), Mitch Mitchell (Moonlight Wranglers), Miles Hitchcock (Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care/The Healers) and Flick Dear (Holy Rollers/Wooden Fische/Warangka).



Their polished, energetic sound infuses Brit-pop with psychedelic tendencies, and has caught the ears of many in the music scene. Broken Gnomes have played at the Nannup Music Festival and supported the likes of Kill Devil Hills and The Painkillers.

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Look, Dear Around The Sound reader, I know I may sometimes be accused of hyperbole, in the case of Broken Gnomes I feel I have scarcely praised the band enough. The easiest way to resolve this issue is for you to run out and see them at your earliest opportunity. If your experience is less grand than I’ve led you to imagine I’ll buy you a beer next time you see me at a gig. If, on the other hand, I have undersold the band you can buy me one. I suspect I’ll not have to put my hand in my pocket for quite some time. 


Speaking of superlatives, have I mentioned yet in this review just how much I’ve missed seeing Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care during the panic? I guess not, given all my ranting over the marvellous Broken Gnomes. However, if there is any band which is more worthy of undiluted praise it is Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care.



Maurice Flavel possesses a voice of warm treacle while his band are as tight as a fish’s ring, and that’s watertight. As this night’s event, in accordance with health-related directions, was an all-seated affair, Maurice took the opportunity to start slowly and smoothly, playing a couple of brand new tunes which fit hand in glove with some songs from their back catalogue.



As for Intensive Care in this stripped back iteration, sans backing singers, the band revelled in the greater space between notes, the warm yet crisp audio production of in-house sound wizard Rosie Antonas captured the band at its zinging zenith.



All in, between the two bands and the excellent presentation of the venue, the audience were left smiling as widely as if live music had just been reinvented and in many ways it has. Get out, get some, get it good. Uh-huh!



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