Let me introduce you to South East Queensland's newest band, Gypsy Rumble. I have it on good authority that they have only been rehearsing for two months and I was excited to check out their show supporting Ukulele Death Squad at a sold out event at Lefty's Old Time Music Hall. Comprised of members of All Strings Attached and The Timbers, these musicians are all incredible multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, so I had great expectations, even though it was only their second time performing their show live. I wasn't disappointed.
After joining throngs of live music enthusiasts lining up outside the venue on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the dark atmospheric Lefty's felt like a hidden world. Taking the stage to open a huge afternoon of great music were Gypsy Rumble.
From the first few bars there was a clear Eastern European influence with a great sound of banjo and driving percussion. The crowd was encouraged to clap along and instantly got out of their seats to move along with the pirate-folk vocals or slapped tables and chairs. The huge personalities and stage presence of these accomplished performers set the crowd instantly at ease. This is a group who instructs their audience, without being demanding. In fact, a stand out feature of this show was the entertainment factor. The members of this group have significant experience performing and their tight, well-crafted and captivating show is a perfect example of how to entertain a crowd, not just play songs.
The music featured varying feels and styles such as deep shuffle, reggae and ska influenced grooves, driving and at times delightfully complex percussion, passionate and masterful vocals, funky ukulele, traditional folk banjo, sublime violin and some the tightest vocal harmony delivery I have ever heard live or otherwise. The sound was fantastic, the crowd was appreciative, the show was extremely entertaining and the band was captivating.
Throughout the show the energy remained high, the crowd danced and moved along and when appropriate they joined in. The songs varied in style, mood and instrumentation. A common theme was the entertainment factor of the lyrics and characterful vocal delivery. Tracks such as Wrong Direction a song 'dedicated to SIRI', a song about a Rhinocerous, and the sacrilicious Son Of A Nun were all hilarious. The crowd was audibly pissing themselves at the very funny and at times unexpected lyrics. Some of the tracks followed a more formal folk style and the lyrics conveyed relatable meaning as heard in Look Away and Ode To Gin which had the crowd singing along to the lyrics 'It's alright in the end, in the end, my friend'.
If this was their second show - supporting Ukulele Death Squad's sold out show at a great venue with a captivated and entertained crowd, one can only imagine what is next for Gypsy Rumble.