Concert Recommendation: Lightspeed Chamber at Bar Oussou
Given that the staff tend to only find out about each other’s gigs and projects retrospectively, I’m putting in a recommendation for a series of gigs I’ll be involved during April, as part of a group called Lightspeed Chamber.
The project was initiated by a friend who performs under the name Ysk Lightspeed Chamber, a guitarist with whom I played back when we both lived in Brisbane (circa 2012). Since then, he’s been to Berlin and Scotland for some time, before we both turned up at the same concert in Melbourne 2015 and decided to renew what has been a rewarding musical friendship.
The gigs are entirely improvised and can vary as much as the descriptions we try to give of them. Most recently, we’ve called it ‘groove music’, but given we’re familiar with hip-hop, funk, jazz, several folk musics and a range of other improvised music, it can cover a lot of ground. There’s been a decent track record of audience members dancing at the gigs and hopefully the enjoyment and energy we get from making it up on stage is projected to everyone in the room.
The line-up of musicians can vary quite a bit, which makes each gig a constant surprise – sometimes musicians have only just met before playing. For each of the gigs in April, Ysk will play guitar, I will be on keyboards, and we’ll be joined by one of a few drummers – Captain Bamtastic or Myka Wallace – and another guitarist, Laneous. It’s good company, but makes me feel pressured to come up with a stage name (suggestions are welcome).
There are performances on Friday 7th, 14th and 21st at Bar Oussou, a bar with a good reputation for excellent music (which we hopefully contribute to?), and then another on Saturday 22nd at the Post Office Hotel, more of a pub-type venue, but also a host to many good bands. Ysk is also performing solo on Mar 31st at the Post Office Hotel, which is always a delight to behold. These are in Coburg, and generally start at about 9pm. If you’re up for the journey, you would hopefully see me in one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve been involved with.
Words by James Ball