Live’n’loud: Vaudeville Smash put the fun back into pop.....

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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.

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