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Pseudo Echo 2012

Pseudo Echo 2012
Pseudo Echo - Mounties Sydney - 11th August 2012

One band that I have followed for many many years is Australia’s own Pseudo Echo.  Originally making it big in the 1980’s with hits like Listening, A Beat For You, Stranger in Me from their critically acclaimed debut album Autumnal Park; their follow up album Love an Adventure saw some line up changes and whilst it was considered probably more commercially successful then their first album, I missed the ‘darkness’ of their debut.  The difficult third album Race saw another change in direction musically – with a rawer and more guitar edge than the previous two albums.  All three albums were sign of the times and captured what was happening musically perfectly.

Often referred to as Australia’s answer to Duran Duran – they suffered the same fate unfortunately – not being taken seriously by the general public and music critics a like – which meant that many overlooked the song writing talents (and at times dark side) of Brian Canham and Co.  Also overlooked was Canham’s guitar ability.  Seeing the band live – which I have done for a number of years now – really show cases how good Mr Canham is on guitar – yet his guitar ability often took a back seat to ensure that the song was perfectly balanced – which in itself is also talent.  I remember an old music teacher of mine telling me that anyone can turn the amp up and play a solo; but the true musician ship was knowing when to tone things down and for each instrument to find balance within the piece.  Something which Brian Canham has a unique knack of doing.  In fact it wasnt until the Echo’s covered Funky Town that many fans realised his true ability on the guitar.

Pseudo echo – an under rated often forgotten about 80’s band?  Absolutely not – still relevant in today’s music scene – check them out if they play near you – trust me you wont be disappointed.

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