Live’n’loud: Vaudeville Smash put the fun back into pop.....
VAUDEVILLE Smash and their contemporary yet nostalgic pop-dance tunes hark back to the days when it was ‘‘cool to be a fool’’ on stage.
The Melbourne-based quintet is comprised of frontman and sax player Marc Lucchesi, his brothers Dan and Luca and good mates Nick Lam and James Bowers.
‘‘We like to dance on stage. I am a dancing fool,’’ Marc says.
‘‘Being energetic on stage shows the crowd that having no inhibitions is all right.’’
As a diehard fan of music that came out of the late 1970s and early ’80s, Marc believes live music isn’t as fun as it used to be.
‘‘Look at some of the great acts from that period of music – people like David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. Their stage shows were entertaining, fun and adventurous,’’ he says.
‘‘Maybe Nirvana and the grunge thing kicked that out. In that respect, we are a little bit more old school. We love a good, old-fashioned show and we are breaking those ties. ‘‘Our shows are a big party – full of energy.’’ Vaudeville Smash released their debut record, Dancing For The Girl earlier this month.
Marc says they managed to make it sound both ‘‘wonderfully nostalgic and right now’’.
‘‘Our live show has always been about funk, disco and ’80s sounding stuff,’’ he says.
‘‘The band’s main influence would be the crossover period when disco became nu wave.’’
The Lucchesi brothers were taught to play piano by their grandfather, the conductor of the Adelaide Latvian men’s choir, when they were kids.
After picking up the saxophone in high school, Marc formed a soul band with his classmates.
‘‘That’s where my love for being on stage and playing to a room of people came from,’’ he says. ‘‘Being the eldest, my brothers followed me. ‘‘Dan learnt drums and Luca bass. ‘‘We were always running around and making up songs. ‘‘Music has always been with us.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR
Vaudeville Smash, Soul Simple and Pack Animals play The Loft, on Chevron Island, tonight at 7.30pm. Tickets are $12.
Melbourne band Vaudeville Smash aim to put the fun back into live shows.