Last night two of Canberra’s newer bands graced The Front in Lyneham.
Featuring familiar faces playing unfamiliar instruments (Nick Delatovic on Bass, Spike Thompson on drums) Cracked Actor sound like what would happen if Radiohead shared a candle lit dinner with Fleet Foxes.
There’s a slightly folky tone, but the laptop’s up on stage and they spend a lot of time exploring soundscapes.
Now this is a lineup one doesn’t see too often. Two keyboards, bass, drums, and a bassoon. Yes that’s right, a Bassoon.
The two keyboard players use distinctive and unusual vocal harmonies and the song writing is sharp and clever, even if they do seem to jump into a keyboard solo when they’re feeling lost.
It’s a sort of a beatnik jazz vibe.
While neither band is going to feature in the top 40 any time soon they’re both well worth grooving along to.