The Long Lost Brothers Long Lost Album Launch, with Yomi Ship, The Scramblers and In Between Spleens. Mojos Bar, Saturday, 24th of October, 2020
Review by Brian Dunne
Photos by Tashi Hall Photography
In between Spleens played to a thin, though incredibly enthusiastic crowd almost all of whom were dancing their pants off. The band’s surprisingly heavy sounds are wonderfully well counterpointed by a female voice that seemed to sail like an America’s Cup yacht across the swelling seas of ocean-deep music.
The Scramblers turned the rock up a notch or two louder. There is a strong element of surf music and the band is not shy of playing instrumentals, or songs as close to instrumental as can be, punctuating their songs with “Ooh!”, or “Spice”.
I understand it’s probably not what they are looking for, and I am certain The Scramblers would opine that it’s none of my business and I’d more or less agree, but I can’t help thinking this three piece band would benefit from recruiting a lead singer. He’d have to be as charismatic, though, as Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), as that’s the musical territory The Scramblers explore.
From surf rock to prog rock, or whatever it is Yomi Ship navigate. Another three piece, also sans vocals. What is it in the water these days that makes the kids *cough, cough* want to play the music their parents, wisely for the most part, chose to eschew? Prog rock has too many chord and tempo changes for my liking, but that’s probably just me. The crowd, which by this time in the evening had begun to thicken, appeared to dig Yomi Ship.
The Long Lost Brothers are another three piece, yet their music flies high and away from the previous two support acts. For a start, their songs have structures, which is thoroughly indie, at the heavier end of the genre. Vocalist and leader of the band, Andrew Ryan is quite a man about town and has been deeply involved in the Perth music scene for more years than he’d care I recount. Andrew Ryan also has a superb set of chops, which proves he is no dilettante.
‘China‘, the first track off The Long Lost Brothers album is, not coincidentally I suspect, the song which kicked off the band’s set at Mojos tonight. Frankly, it’s a killer tune. I mentioned “indie” in the previous paragraph, ‘Patience’ ticked all the indie boxes and showed off an emotional tone to Ryan’s voice which has been a trademark of his many and various bands over the years. There is something in all of The Long Lost Brothers songs to appeal to indie music lovers.
A party to celebrate the release of The Long Lost Brothers full-length, full-strength LP — all of the songs in tonight’s set come from that album —which is, essentially, untitled though the outside dust cover has been adorned with a sticker saying Long Lost Album, so I guess that’s what I’ll call it. So should you. In fact, you shouldn’t just call it Long Lost Album, next time you wander into a record store you should buy it. I am pretty sure you’ll love it.