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Joe Gideon & The Shark- Crawdaddy Sept 2009

September 29, 2009

A free night and no determined plan as to which gig to catch…being on a guest list did help so thanks State.ie!

Actually arrived late in the hopes of missing The Mighty Steph– no offence to him since he does have a good voice but I have seen him far too many times for comfort at this stage.  Alas, things were running late so caught most of his set again.  Couple of new tunes, mostly old tunes…no new words to describe him so enough said.

Had a listen to a couple of Gemma Ray tunes the previous night and when she came out on stage I thought she was at odds to her sound- dressed in an immaculate white dress with a little flower pattern in the middle does not bring to mind somebody with a moody dark reverb sound!  Twas a nice dress though and with her hair up she had a stage presence which was certainly augmented by her voice- maybe not as catchy as I had hoped but she still belted out some good tunes.  She had a two microphone setup and I think it worked best when she was using the one with the reverb sound- really lended an ethereal quality to her voice and enhanced the distorted sound of her guitar.  In the last tune she had some looping which I thought was particularly effective so a shame it wasn’t used more often during the set.

Joe Gideon & The Shark (aka Gideon Joel Seifert and younger sister Viva Seifert) were up and again I had only heard a couple of their tunes the night before so not much expectation and plenty of surprises.  The main vocals came from Joe and were along the lines of spoken word which to be honest isn’t really my cup of tea…and it didn’t help that his regular speaking voice reminds me of Steve Coogan which once in your head is a difficult thought to dispel.

What kept my attention on stage though was the flair from The Shark- completely arresting and I simply could not keep my eyes off of her!  She is unquestionably attractive but that wasn’t what kept my eyes there- her ability to play every instrument around her:  the drums in front, the keyboard at the side, the xylophone on the other side…and whatever else was in reach of her sticks was astounding.  At one stage she had her foot on the bass drum, one hand on the keyboard and the other on the xylophone while singing and looping at the same time!  Her looping in particular made for one hell of a sound which not only augmented Joe but sometimes stole his thunder- delicious layers of her backing vocals, drums and synth all rolled into one great vibe.   I was not surprised when looking at their history then that she competed at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 92 as a rhythmic gymnast.

It didn’t end there though- when she played she was quite dramatic with the hair flics, the poses with her arms held aloft and and most of all…her SMILES!  Simply infectious and it looked like she was having such a blast up there making the music for the tunes that she was lost in herself.

Alas I had to run before the set finished as the last bus home was beckoning- it was probably just as well that the track they were playing at that moment was a little less intense for The Shark so it made it that bit easier on me.

So overall, if you have a chance to catch Gemma Ray- Do.  If you have a chance to catch Joe Gideon & The Shark- then that is a definite must!

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