The Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre [BMEC] will play host to a bumper bill this Friday, featuring two bands that were stalwarts in Australia’s music scene in the 1980s.
1927 and Pseudo Echo are two bands that hold a treasured place among Australia’s 80s rock elite, with both groups achieving chart success throughout the decade.
Some of 1927’s biggest hits include ‘That’s When I Think of You,’ ‘If I Could’ and ‘Compulsory Hero,’ while Pseudo Echo achieved international acclaim for their cover of the Lipps Inc. hit, ‘Funkytown.’
After originally being active between 1987 and 1993, 1927 reformed in 2009 with a new line-up.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Eric Weideman has been a mainstay of both iterations of 1927, and is excited to bring their unique sound to Bathurst.
“We’re going to try and cover as many of the songs that people want to hear, as well some tunes from our most recent album," Mr Weideman said.
1927’s most recent album, Generation-i, was released in 2013, and was the first album to feature the line-up of Weideman, Craig Lloyd [lead guitar], Simon Shapiro [bass] and Damien Cooper [drums].
The first iterartion of the band was notable for featuring Garry Frost and Charlie Cole, both whom had been [and are currently] members of Moving Pictures, who released the hit single ‘What About Me.’
Mr Weideman said the current line-up of 1927 has forged out a more mature direction for their music.
“There’s a lot more freedom in the way we can express the music these days,” he said.
“We feel like we’re under less pressure to be someone.”
After so many years performing live, Mr Weideman is still driven by the positive audience response that 1927 continues to receive.
“There’s nothing better than playing live as everything happens in the moment,” he said.
“We’ve been packing out everywhere we’ve been playing on this tour, and people are still going crazy for the songs.”
The 1927/Pseudo Gig will commence at BMEC this Friday from 8.30pm. Tickets are available online from www.bmec.com.au.