Local 'Voodoo Blues' legends Jimmy The Saint & The Sinners took to one of the Gold Coast's favourite venues, elsewhere (there's a reason this place is nominated for Best Live Venue in the Gold Coast Music Awards) to launch their latest offering "Love Notes & Obituaries". Supported by Sludge and magician-come-producer David Schwepps, the show was set to show just why Jimmy The Saint & The Sinners were the local band that could (and should) play major slots at Bluestfest.
Sludge brought the crowd up to the top level of elsewhere, leaving the normally packed smoking balcony rather empty. They moved through their set with a slow, brooding sound not unlike Black Sabbath, with extended solos and enough distortion on their guitars to throw the crowd back into the early 1970's.
David Schwepps, on the other hand, jumped behind the decks and merged magic with his live performance. When he wasn't busy queuing up killer tracks, he was entertaining the punters with lights that he conjured, and a brief flicker of fire magic to round it out.
Jimmy The Saint And The Sinners brought the show to new heights, with the Saint himself pushing the crowd to move, and throughout the set the punters became a seething mass that moshed to the band's sludgy sound. They elicited sounds from the past, sounding like The Doors one moment with haunting organ progressions, and the next bringing in the murderous tensions of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds in Jimmy The Saint's soulful vocals. Seriously, if Nick Cave is the Prince of Darkness, then Jimmy the Saint is his younger, lesser known brother. The moody low lighting helped set the scene for the band. Their swampy sound filled the venue and it was incredible. The new tracks weave incredible soundscapes that were incredible live, and I can only imagine what it would be like with headphones at home. Fortunately, we can wonder no longer! The legends have the full EP online, available for your auditory pleasure below.