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The Rock-itt : November 2009
By DaveTozer.com.au (for more images visit www.myspace.com/davetozerphotos) It's a big night at the Fisho's with the first Northern Beach appearance of legendary band Spy vs Spy in many years with a new line up accompanying original founding member/guitarist, Mike Weiley. They are on a double date with another great Australian band The Radiators and also supported by Stormcellar. The Fisho's had a big crowd in hand with the dance floor almost full as the Spy's took control of the stage. Like everybody else on the night I was really anxious to see the return one of my favourite band's from the 1980's. The Spy's are now a 4 piece band with new members Neil Beaver (Bass guitar) and Mick Laws (Drums) joining the band in 2006. Tonight their most recent member is a new singer on board in the name of Dave Wilkins (who has a huge pedigree of rock experience including The Wrecking Crew, 1927, Russell Crowe's Band, Baby Animals and Utopian Babies). The band kicks off with Hard Times (first single from the Trash the Planet album of 1989) and from this moment on I knew we were in for a real treat with the explosive delivery of songs that made this band famous. The reaction was almost overwhelming, with the enthusiasm of the crowd appreciating every moment as the band rocked with a precision tight delivery of such classics including : Have no Fear, Sallie Anne, Harry's Reasons, All Over the World, Take Me Away, Credit Cards, Mission Man, Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel and Clarity. Considering the fact that this is pretty much a whole new line up on stage with founding member/guitarist Mike Weiley, they sounded every bit true to the original line up. The most challenging job was of course for the new vocalist Dave Wilkins replacing the distinctive the vocals of original singer/bass guitarist Craig Bloxom. Dave's amazing dynamic vocal range, powerful rock delivery with incredible energy and respect to the original Spy's sound, ensured the total package was a very close resemblance to band we saw in the 1980's. During the night Dave acknowledged that he appreciated the crowds support and enthusiasm and reminded them that it is the band's aim to keep the Spy's music alive! The Band finishes the night on a big note with the anthemic A.O. Mod (with the crowd chanting!) and Tear It Down before leaving the stage. With such an enthusiastic reaction by the crowd, they are called back for an encore and perform Injustice and Pockets of Pride. I spoke to Dave recently about his past and his involvement with the Spy's including some insight as to what the future holds. Dave is an extremely busy and sought after record producer (who produced Russell Crowe's Albums and toured with his band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts), Artist Manager (whose roster includes legendary female artist Wendy Mathews) and a well known established artist in his own right whose band Utopian Babies toured internationally - the song One of These Days (1998) was the highest rotating single on Australian radio which pushed the record into top 40 sales. He also toured with band 1927 (1995/6), played and recorded with Baby Animals (2001) and his band Dave Wilkins Band a really rocking band with lots of harmonies (influenced by Beatles, Black Crowes, Oasis and Jellyfish) currently have about 3 dozen songs ready to record! He tells me the Spy's have been looking for a singer to replace Mark Cuffe for some time now and from industry contact recommendations, saw their management call Dave to see if he was interested in the job. Having grown up with, and being a big fan of, the Spy's music Dave accepted the challenge. The test was a week's rehearsal in a warehouse space, where only after 2 days it automatically felt 'cool and right' with personalities gelling well together, which has now seen the band perform 15 times with each show just getting bigger and better! Dave tells me it's an amazing experience playing songs he grew up with and loved, and getting the really positive and appreciative crowd reaction to the band's new line up. The band is going into the studio to record an EP of new songs in November (2009) and look forward to heavy touring next year. This really excites Dave (who with total agreement from the band) did not want to be just a 'nostalgia' act. Keep an eye on www.vspy- vspy.com and www.myspace.com/vspyvspy