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REVIEW: Anthony Young Band Live at The Corner

December 5, 2013 by Josh Forner

Being assigned the task of undertaking a gig review in just a 20 minute set was always going to be difficult, but I do think of myself as being up for a challenge. More to the point, I’m always on the lookout for a reason to visit Richmond’s Corner Hotel.

It starts off well, realising that I’d forgotten my earplugs, however this is probably an advantage for the readers, as there will be an uninhibited sound entering my ears tonight.

Knowing what to expect from a musical act is always something which can minimise each experience, however in Anthony Young Band’s case, knowing what he and his band (Danny Finkelstein – drums; Tim Chambers – bass) are capable of entrusts the idea that one always has something to look forward to.

The distinctive funk overtones blast out of The Corner Hotel’s main stage from song one, as Anthony slides effortlessly in and out of falsetto vocal. The band’s versatility shines, headed by the deep drums of Finkelstein, transcending through traditional funk beats, a heavier rock vibe and a particularly unique variation on reggae stylings.

All this comes as no surprise to anybody who has come across Anthony or his band in the past. A deep-seeded influence drawn from the Red Hot Chili Peppers drives the majority of the material, which also finds its roots through Anthony Young’s vocal style, dominated by an ‘easy’ element of soul which underlies every note and every word sung. Occasionally, the influence of Anthony’s homeland across the ditch is at the forefront, with a tendency towards a bopping reggae set begins to develop.

Versatility is a virtue and a refreshing element of the Anthony Young Band. Every variant style is moulded so well into the performance, without the change ever catching anyone out, or even causing a change to the listening experience that they produce. A cohesive and professional air surrounds Young, Finkelstein and Chambers, whose talent, presence and musicianship extend far beyond their youth. The performance certainly seems to have excited the lighting tech as the venue appears to have well and truly come alive for the first time in the night.

It’s a ‘big’ sound, but certainly also a well-rounded sound, which is distinctively driven by the bottom end and lifted truly and succinctly by Anthony’s funky, up-beat guitar.

I’m not afraid to say that in the past I have felt that the band may have been missing an extra element, perhaps a second guitar or even a keyboard, something to just ‘lift’ the performance a little. It is apparent to me however, that with the new direction focused more towards an island reggae vibe, and Anthony’s new electric guitar blasting through the system, it pleases me to say that I strongly believe that the void has been filled.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.

Author Details

Josh Forner

Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.

Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.

He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.

Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.

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