The oh-so-retro and beautifully intimate venue, Vinyl Bar, filled up near capacity the other night for Banjo Jackson’s self-titled debut album launch.
The crowd’s diversity was best summed up by the enchanting before-act, Max Savage who pointed out the “middle-aged man” and the hipster guy who had spent the whole day working at a coffee shop where the name “doesn’t even make sense."
With the help of his talented band, Banjo played his new album in its entirety, including a much-appreciated encore. The crowd bopped along and boogied on down to the breezy, contemporary folk tunes.
Favourite tracks amongst the crowd were the violin riddled tune, ‘Mountains’ and ‘Western River Cove'. Banjo’s first EP, ‘The Sea Is Written In Me’ proved to be quite promising for the young artist back in 2012. After last night, it is clear just how far he has evolved and improved as a musician in the last few years.
The self-titled debut album was recorded in Mixmasters Studios, which is buried away in the Adelaide hills. Moreover, it was an absolute pleasure to watch Jesse Davidson, followed by Max Savage, open the show for Banjo. In addition to their immense musical talent, both guys have such a wonderful stage presence and managed to kick the night off with the perfect chilled vibe.
Jesse Davidson shall be remembered as the guy who rocked so hard he lost his glasses several times. But in all seriousness, Jesse will be remembered for much more than that as he is quickly becoming a very promising musical legend of Adelaide.
Speaking of musical legends… Max Savage, accompanied by the equally brilliant Thomas Kneebone, encouraged the crowd to come in closer, saying “come on possums, we can do this." It’s fair to say that everyone was thoroughly impressed by Max’s loud husky vocals and his Adelaide-specific lyrics.
In summary: An epic show full of epic artists.
Banjo Jackson’s debut album is available for purchase on iTunes as of today.