“The music brims with good humour and rolling rhythm…”
As Roots Fusion pioneers THE VANGUARDS continue to challenge the Blues status quo
with skilful use of unconventional instrumentation, 21st Century technology and progressive stylings.
Dale “Gloveboy” Lindrea’s audacious musical journey includes tap dancing at age 8, trombone at 15, bass guitar at 19, tenor guitar at 30, some schooling, three U.S. pilgrimages and 4000+ gigs along the way.
As a much admired Blues guitar supremo, Dave Birtwell has featured in such popular Melbourne groups as
The Chris Wilson Band, The Redliners and Rod Paine’s Fulltime Lovers.
Award winning Sharkey Ramos is a drummer/percussionist extraordinaire.
His 35 years of multifarious sideman credits range from James Morrison to Joe Geia, Graeme Lyall to Ross Wilson.
“Girls In Slacks” THE VANGUARDS (Independent) 4 STARS
★ ★ ★ ★
“Bassist-singer-composer Dale Lindrea is a man with an audacious vision. Reviewing here last year The Vanguards’ debut album, First Time Round, I described the stark combination of Lindrea and guitarist Dave Birtwell as “skeletal chamber Blues” – intimate, quietly forceful
– and called it exceedingly brave, or foolhardy.
For the second Vanguards’ outing, Lindrea and Birtwell enlist, as they sometimes do in performance, two stalwarts of the Melbourne Jazz and R’n’R scene, drummer Ronny Ferella and Dean Hilson on tenor sax. The expanded sound makes for a broader, more entertaining listening experience.
The music brims with good humour and rolling rhythm; imagine the compositional wit of Leiber and Stoller harnessed to, not the Coasters, but the Paul Butterfield Blues Band – or, more specifically, as Lindrea points out, Butterfield of the two Better Days albums (1972, 1973).
Lindrea uses a variety of voices and textures to project his music, whether his diverting originals or the refreshing treatments of well-travelled material such as the Blues ballad Evenin’ (Jimmy Rushing, T-Bone Walker) and the elastic-riffed You Don’t Love Me.”
Ken Williams THE AGE, Friday 28th Nov 2003