A TRUCKLOAD Of SKY: The Lost Songs of David McComb

RCC level 5. – 9:00pm March 12th

Review by Gary Clarke
4.5K ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ?
This extraordinary show is both a chronicle of some of the songs of David McComb that either weren’t released or didn’t get their due recognition and also a loving tribute from his friends and collaborators in the Australian Indie music scene.

David McComb of course was the singer and principle songwriter for the seminal Oz Indie rock band The Triffids. Tonight’s eclectic band of musos included artists from The Triffids and Black-eyed Susans. For this show, Rob McComb, Dave’s brother and fellow Triffid is the crux of proceedings on guitar and violin. “Evil” Graham Lee added some great pedal steel and Rob Snarski (Black-eyed Susans) and the full on JP Shilo provide the vocals. They all knew David personally as friends and musical collaborators at some time in his career. This personal element added real gravitas to the whole performance. I spotted quite a few familiar faces in the audience who were at those gigs in the 1980s and 90s.

The Uni Bar venue hasn’t changed much since then, unfortunately. The sound is difficult to modulate and there were some artifacts of the architecture that didn’t help. Having said that, there were some stand out moments including Clare Moore leaving the drum kit behind to deliver her delightful version of ‘Raining Pleasure’. Quite a few of the songs I had never heard previously but fortunately for us the band has recorded many of them on CD and digitally on an album of the same name.

This was far more than simply a nostalgia trip it was a celebration of the extraordinary talent of one of Australia’s most enigmatic and underrated songwriters and artists.
Highly Recommended
4.5K ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ?

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