It’s been a very long time between drinks for The Bridesmaid, who are playing their first show in two years at the Golden Vine early next month.
The Bridesmaid provides an outlet for the power-pop compositions of Keith MacQueen, also the lead guitarist for local roots rockers Four Lions and frontman/guitarist for popular covers band The John Grossman Project.
MacQueen has recorded two albums under The Bridesmaid moniker – a self-titled debut in 2009 and the digital-only 2011 follow-up Closer.
“I’ve only managed one album because I’ve been kept busy with so many other musical endeavours which have kept me very occupied,” MacQueen says. “I did record a second album in 2011, but have never got around to (physically) releasing it – if people are keen, they can find it on SoundCloud.”
MacQueen hopes to find the time to re-enter a studio to work on an EP in the near future – time permitting.
“I really need writing to be an immersive experience when I’m writing for myself, and that means a lot of time and a certain amount of selfishness in a way,” he says.
“So keeping busy musically means I don’t get the time to dedicate myself to that.”
The latest incarnation of The Bridesmaid – the fifth different line-up since its first live performance in 2013 – includes guitarist Anthony Murphy; bassist Bradley Bradford (also of Four Lions, and TH3) subbing for Jim Marshall; and drummer Jarrod Hocking.
The Bridesmaid, supporting Melbourne-based protest punk rockers The One Twos – who are launching their new album Fight The Good Fight – along with singer/guitarist Steph Bitter, play at the Golden Vine on Friday, November 1. From 9pm; entry $5.
Also happening around town, and beyond, during the next fortnight:
Melbourne-based singer/guitarist Anna Scionti brings her footstomping blues to Rocks Underground (Rocks on Rosalind) on Friday, October 25. From 7pm; free entry; dining packages available at www.opentable.com.au
Melodic prog metallers Spacegoat take over the stage at the Golden Vine on Saturday, October 26. Support from Melbourne-based hard rockers Vacant Image, promoting their latest album Sister Anxiety, and local stoner rock/doom merchants Sleeping Giant. From 8pm; free entry.
Local roots rockers Four Lions will stage one of their final performances for the year at Vibes & Vino at Barrack Reserve, Heathcote, on Saturday, November 2. The festival will be headlined by Dyson Stringer Cloher, and also feature Josh Cashman, Neighbourhood Youth, and Jess Parker and The Troubled Waters. From midday to 8.30pm; tickets $47-$29; bookings at www.heathcote.org.au/heathcote/vibes-vino
Melbourne bayou/psych/blues duo Timbakat are bringing their mini-tour, in support of their forthcoming debut single Big Mama’s Door, to Handle Bar on Saturday, November 2. Support from Daniel Aaron (Duo) and Flora. From 7pm; free entry.
It’s not long now till the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, but you can get a taste of the annual festivities at a curtain-raiser at McIvor Estate, Tooborac, on Sunday, November 3. Featuring local favourites Sarah Wilkinson, Mariah McCarthy, Steph Bitter and Frank Bell, along with Melbourne’s Jarrod Shaw. From 11am-4pm; free entry.
Written by Lynette Walker