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The Rock-itt : November 2009
29th September: Rob Rhodes is quickly becoming a cult figure in and around music circles. He can be seen fronting the Mixed Nuts (Sunday nights at The Steyne Hotel), and Singled Out, or helping out the G Nunan Band myspace/gnunanmusic . But on this night he was fronting his original band, you guessed it -- the Rob Rhodes Band. RRB are a guitar driven, melodic, harmony laden, rock and roll band. From the opening chords of 'Underground' it was clear that this was going to be a special night. Stand-outs this evening were Home, Is It Too Late and Open Doors. Joined on stage by the lovely Candle Faithfull, she provided sweet harmonies in the soaring choruses of 'Drowning Man' and 'I Fade Away' to name but a few. There is a social conscience at times too, with tracks like 'Human Race' and 'Blood Money', the later focuses on gun control in the USA and manages to hit the mark. All in all, Matt (drums), Michael (bass) and Tino (guitars) provided stellar musicianship and a solid backbone to what is the Rob Rhodes Band. To hear and see more go to myspace.com/robrhodesband Earlier in the evening saw the dexterous James Parrino perform a solo set of originals mixed with the odd cover. When it comes to loop on-the-fly performers James is the master. I can only marvel at the amount of practice it must take to perfect the art, (of which James makes it look so effortless). In saying that, it never becomes a gimmick and that's important. His vocals and compositions stand up on their own; the tricks only serve to enhance the sonic palette. Catch James at home at myspace.com/jamesparrino Kicking the night into gear was Max Smidt & The Killer Blondes. Mixing old school Aussie Pub rock with a slight American aftertaste, Max Smidt & TKB fall somewhere between AC/DC, Buckcherry and Dallas Crane. Driving rhythms, crunch guitars and cheeky lyrics are what these boys are all about. More info at maxmusic.com 6th October: This night saw an all Northern Beaches Line-up and it promised to be a showcase of what our local talent has to offer. Seek the Silence central is at myspace.com/seekthesilence ; there you will find their latest demos and their debut video for the song 'Dropkick Felony'. The band look animated in the clip and the concept is a really good fit. The song itself is a fun, tongue-in-cheek punk/rock anthem. These guys are young and have it all ahead of them, I'm sure we'll be hearing more from them in the years to come.