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The Rock-itt : August 2011
Beaches’ Band Lange Theory Moving Up Review by Pete Johnson Lange Theory is an ever evolving Northern Beaches four piece outfit with roots stemming from Indie music. They are making them selves known around Sydney as they bring their unique sound, which is a mixture of Reggae and alternative folk rock, and has become their vehicle into the world of music. The line-up of James Lange ( singer/songwriter, guitar and ukulele), Mitch Levett (bass), Billy O’Key (drums) and Dean McCleod (guitar), are blending their music in an effort to bring back honest beach inspired tunes combined with a mature, modern perspective. James, Mitch and Billy all came through Barrenjoey High School, known as (the school on the beach) so is it any wonder where the roots of their music found its inspiration. In recent times Dean Mc Cleod joined the trio, turning it into a four piece band and bringing his electric six string guitar into focus which has elevated “Lange Theory” into a new musical dimension. Gradually the band has been branching out, playing more gigs as their music evolves and their passion to reach more punters with their unique sound escalates. The band have recently showcased their talents across Sydney playing at the Bondi Beach Hotel, Low 302 supporting Bec Plath, Oxford Arts Factory, supporting Tin Sparrow and Patrick James, Mona Vale Hotel with Lim e Cordiale, The Ivys”, AOK, Avalon RSL with Lime Cordiale and The international Sea Sheppard appeal, Rising Tide Festival with British India and The Botanics and the Newport Festival supporting various artists including Angus and Julia Stone. If you would like to have a squiz at the band go to their sites on the internet. I was lucky to score a CD recording from the band which I was told was a live recording from a gig at “The Basem ent” and wasn’t much good. Well, I was extremely impressed by the quality of their music, which I found nice and easy to digest and if this is what they call “not much good”, I can’t wait to hear the CD the boys bring out after it goes into a proper studio and is mixed and mastered. We at The Rock-itt will be following Lange Theory because we want to see where they end up. With what we have heard so far, the only direction from these guys will go is up. We are hoping to give the band a full feature around October so stay tuned. If you see them advertised playing to play a gig, get along to hear what they have to offer, they have a great live sound so you may find something in Lange Theory which stirs your musical soul and turns you into one of the many Lange Theory converts.