With a few line up changes and a new name, MDRN Love introduced their newest single ‘Bring Me Down’ to Geelong fans at their Barwon Club gig. Given the time between the changes and a hometown show, there was a nervous excitement among the audience to see how the new sound would feel in a live setting.
And when it came time for the new single, the audience were well and truly familiar with the song, competing with lead singer Jack Harman for who could dominate the room. A Matt Corby cover proved to be a great chance for the band to show their versatility and for Jack to showcase his vocals.
What was great to see was the band not stick to the recorded versions of the songs 100 per cent. Guitar solos were stretched out, riffs seemed to become a bigger focus and there was even a time to shine especially for drummer Dom Alvaro. Special mention goes to Nic Tutone for some killer shredding.
It’s testament to the band that even with some sudden alterations to their “feel”, they’ve still got local music lovers excited about what they’re doing. Heck, there were chants for an encore, and that’s a pretty sound way to judge approval from an audience.
Barwon Club Hotel, Saturday, April 22
Reviewed by Amanda Sherring