The se­cret love-child of REM, Pearl Jam and the Cranberrie­s

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Weekender - By KEN SMITH

I AM about to re­veal a se­cret, and all great se­cret re­veals start with the fol­low­ing words: “Did you know?”

That’s fol­lowed by the re­veal, which in this case is: Dubbo has a very healthy mu­sic in­dus­try and it would love your sup­port.

This Sun­day, you’re in­vited to at­tend an in­ti­mate per­for­mance space called Black Box The­atre Dubbo for a very spe­cial acous­tic per­for­mance by Civil Hands.

Their bio de­scribes them like this: “Civil Hands is the se­cret love-child of REM, Pearl Jam and the Cranberrie­s, hand-craft­ing in­die-rock mu­si­cal tales with a dash of joy­ful pop.” In­trigued? There’s more. “Civil Hands is part of a groundswel­l of orig­i­nal mu­sic ex­plod­ing out of Dubbo. Their unique sound is un­der­pinned by the shared male/fe­male lead vo­cal pair­ing of hus­band and wife, Fred and Mandi Ran­dell.”

Join­ing Fred and Mandi in this quest is lo­cal mu­sic men­tor, Dale Free­man, who pro­duces the band’s catchy licks on lead gui­tar, Erin Kelly who brings the bass lines, and Brad Pur­cell who rounds out the band on drums.

Civil Hands was born to rock and they do it very well.

In acous­tic mode, their per­for­mance strips away the wall of sound to re­veal a beau­ti­ful depth for the lis­tener and your prox­im­ity to their per­for­mance at Black Box The­atre pro­vides a fur­ther in­sight that few lo­cal venues af­ford.

The Civil Hands story is a good read and the mu­sic that they have cre­ated over the last few years is yours to ex­plore and en­joy at www.civil­hands. com.au.

z “Civil Hands-lust For Live Acous­tic” is on this Sun­day, May 19, from 5.30pm. Tick­ets will be avail­able at the door, if not sold out prior via 123TIX. Above:

Civil Hands is part of a groundswel­l of orig­i­nal mu­sic ex­plod­ing out of Dubbo. Pic­tured are, back, Brad Pur­cell, Dale Free­man, front, Erin Kelly, Fred Ran­dall and Mandi Ran­dall.

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