Here's how it all went down at The Get Down last Saturday night. An array of amazing performances from local talent such as Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks, Young Robin, Mt. Cleverest, Adrian Dzvuke, King Ibis and Bag of Bones.
Openers of the night were King Ibis an alternative indie band, their sound had a feel of pop, with some really dreamy guitar complimented by smooth lead vocals. The bass and the drums compounded the song, reminding me of Gretta Ray.
Up next was Bag of bones, I thought it would be a simple two man show with only guitar and drums, man was I wrong! This Punk-Rock dynamic duo were completely something else. The drummer and guitarist created more sound than I expected, distinctively creed and authentic. With some fuzzy guitar and peddling, we didn't miss the second guitarist and bassist, these two were enough. To me they sounded like a mix of Jack Black and a-bit of Arctic Monkeys.
Adrian Dzvuke was another performance of its own, the crowd just starting to build after the previous two performances. Dzvuke jumped up on stage and urged the crowd to get up and get ready to groove. The first song was a build-up, as the funky jam got the crowd buzzing and dancing. His single 'Saturday', which was an Afrobeat tune, really dashed and sizzled with his vocals, combined with lines of Rap that gave it an RnB like touch. His stage presence was infectious and a must see!
The Mt. Cleverest guys were here for business only and just like their past performances they were nothing short of amazing. They have an indie-rock-rap vibe, the vocals perfectly deep, crispy and compelling. I felt like I was watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers! The crowed swayed and jammed to the funky guitar riffs and their single 'These nights', completely amazing! Added to my playlist.
The boys from Young Robin got on stage and changed things up, the vibe they gave was something new and it's what was missing the entire night. Their sound, indie-tropical-pop, chilly and still dashy. The floor was filled up, everyone enjoying and dancing to their upbeat infectious tunes. Their performance simply ecstatic, the chemistry clearly visible from where I stood, these boys were fire.
Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks were the last performance of the night and this band came in with a unique style. Davies and his band brought us the set of a story teller. Their sound distinctively pristine, with a touch of country and folk music. The violinist was quite stunning and gave the band a different blend, complimented by the leads vocals, acoustic guitar and not to forget that amazing harmonica.
I managed to catch up with the boys from, Young Robin, just as the night was ending for a quick chat;
Adam - So guys, which band member cracks everyone up?
Young Robin - Jared! He sits in the back silently and everyone forgets that he's there and out of nowhere he springs one up and then you're all dead.
Adam - If you had a different band name what would it be?
Young Robin - Jared and the Jetts or Hamish and Friends.
Adam - What should your fans expect in the future projects?
Young Robin - New music, touring, good vibes and watch out for April, April is a key month for us next year.
Photographer/Reviewer: Adam Kamau