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Friday, August 20, 2010

The Preachers at The Gaelic Club, Sydney



Having recently chatted to The Preachers, BobbySix.com checked them out at Sydney’s Gaelic Club:

With their songs ranging from melodic country to bone-shaking blues, The Preachers’ guitarist Gideon Benson and keyboardist Isabella Manfredi shared vocal duties throughout this final residency show and offered an excellent dichotomy. Benson’s voice combined the thunderous growl of The Cubical’s Dan Wilson with the strained howl of a pre-pop Caleb Followill, while Manfredi offered a more seductive tone. Throughout, the band’s dynamic was consistently pleasing, as the four boys - all sweat and mops of hair - wielded guitars and bashed drums in a blur of motion, while Manfredi jigged playfully during the dancier numbers and shuddered with emotion as she hung from the mic stand during the more pensive moments.

While there was a decent diversity to their set, the strongest points came when they were belting out the visceral garage blues. Of course, it’s tough to have such a sound in this day and age without coming across as derivative, but The Preachers displayed such honesty in their music and in the way they delivered it that this was never a problem.


The band is set to take a brief break from the live circuit in order to get some recording done. It’s early days yet in The Preachers’ journey but, while one senses they have yet to completely pin down their own inimitable sound, this show suggested they have potential in abundance.