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Published June 8th 2012
It's been done before and will be done again, but there's just something about band comps. The rawness of acts in the making? The uncovering of talent? The eclectic, but supportive, crowd? For me, it's all of that, and more.
On Sunday evenings, the place to be is Ric's Bar in the Brunswick St Mall. It's free to get in, and with one voting slip per drink purchased, it's not a bad deal. The comp this time around started in late-May and there's five band slots per night. The night I attended, only three bands performed, but they were worth my time.
Jamie-lee Fox is well known up on Caxton St, and was accompanied by that trombone guy, Richard Ferrari, and Mitchell J on bass. They entertained with jazz-pop numbers for about twenty minutes, finishing with a colourful tune with lyrics that warn that pesky ex to stay away. I think I need that tune as my custom ringtone for when my ex tries to call me.
The last scheduled band to compete was Minus Nine. Five young, plaid-shirted guys opened with a Nirvana cover. I was concerned their original material wouldn't stack up after that, but I was pleasantly surprised. They might have had one guitar too many, and rumour has it they borrowed a bass for the gig (five-string at that), but I'll definitely drop in on another gig of theirs soon.
The prize up for grabs will certainly help propel the winner in the right direction, and they'll play at Valley Fiesta. Ric's Exposed Band Comp is held every Sunday, with the finale on Sunday 12 August. Check out some new talent soon!