“The Colour and The Shape helped influenced me and moulded me as a drummer. Dave’s drumming on the record is great for anyone looking to know how effective and ‘hooky’ a drum part can be for a song and how much power can be delivered with a perfectly timed ‘flam’…drummers should get that one”. – Russell Loasby.
Armed with nearly a dozen Grammy awards, a portfolio of timeless songs, countless world tours and 5 absolutely brilliantly talented blokes – the Foo Fighters have been an unstoppable force in rock and pop music alike. Making history as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, these guys have come a long way since forming in 1994 and certainly don’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
With eight studio albums firmly under their belt, Foo Fighter’s The Colour and The Shape showcased some of their biggest hits to date, including My Hero, Everlong and Monkey Wrench. It consumed a nation of grunge-rock fans who were hungry for a Nirvana substitute, but it also breathed its own power, passion and fiery energy that got a world of music lovers hooked. The 1997 album has been classified as one of Foo Fighters best. Maybe because it was their first ‘real’ album recorded as a band or just the simple fact it was – and still is – a freakin’ masterpiece of work.
Join the Record Club
The Newport Hotel’s exclusive Record Club recognises some of Western Australia’s most iconic and beloved musicians. Boosting the local music scene in a very promising light, the next evening of Season 4 pays tribute to Foo Fighters’ The Colour and The Shape with some of Perth’s most recognised talent. You can read more about The Newport Record Club and Co-Founder’s Steve Parkin and Malcolm Clark’s insight into the juicy details here.
Foo Fighters The Colour and The Shape will be performed in all its entirety by The Stacked Actors Thursday 28th January, 2016. For details and ticket information, make sure you visit the event page here.
Each week for the season, the Record Club will showcase leading musicians live on stage playing a diverse range of classic albums from legendary artists including Michael Jackson, Blondie, Rage Against the Machine and so much more. Stay tuned to find out more!
Meet the Boys Behind the Band
Put together to pay tribute to the Foo Fighter’s greatest rock album as part of The Newport Record Club, The Stacked Actors compromises of Russell Loasby on drums, Brian Maloney on bass and Aidan Gordon on lead guitar.
“What the three of us have in common is that we were all in an indi-pop rock/psych band called The Autumn Isles for many, many years,” explains Loasby.
“Our frontman is Salv Di Criscito – he is our Dave Grohl and like Dave, he’s probably better known as the drummer of his former band, The Morning Night. More recently though, Salv has been fronting and writing for a group called The Bitter Grins who have a record coming out later this year. We’re all rather active playing original music with myself currently playing with a guy called Michael Savage and Aidan with a band called Tenderhooks“.
Foo Fighters – One of the Greatest Rock Bands in the World
Backed by a group of the most bad-ass musicians; Foo Fighters ooze talent, charisma and real rock and roll vibes. Evolving from the early, post Nirvana days, to rocking with legendary icons like Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, the Foo Fighters have held a firm place in rock and roll history; cementing rock ballads, mind-blowing live performances and successive rock albums. And as massive rock-inspiration to millions, frontman Dave Grohl and his partner’s-in-crime continuously prove that rock music is far from dead.
“I’ve always loved the Foo Fighters since a young age. Part of the appeal was how simple and catchy their songs are and how hooky and huge the drum parts are. I’ve spend many of my formative years playing along to all their records so this record, The Colour and The Shape, is basically muscle memory…”
“I’ve been keen to do Foo Fighters for a while but I wanted to piece together the right ‘tight’ 4-piece band to pull it off“, says Loasby. “It wasn’t until I performed with Salv for the You Am I Hi-Fi Way Record Club last year that I realised how great he is a frontman, vocalist and guitarist, so naturally he was my first pick as Grohl. He certainly rose to the challenge and is sounding great. It’s no doubt a big favourite amongst the hardcore and casual fans of the band, so it was a no-brainer that the Foo Fighters record to play had to be The Colour and The Shape”.
The Newport Record with Foo Fighters
“This Thursday night, the audience can expect a pretty faithful recreation of Foo Fighters’ The Colour and The Shape. We’re all big fans of it and I believe we’ve captured enough nuance from the record to make it feel and sound pretty legit. Be sure to stick around for the hefty hit laden encore too!”
“I love being part of The Newport Record Club! I’ve spent some of my formative years playing along to so many records in my bedroom, it’s basically how I learnt to play the drums so there’s a ton of records I’d love to perform and the Record Club is the perfect vessel for me and a bunch of mates to satiate our love for these bands by performing their records live.”
“I also love the idea that people who are coming and investing their time and money to see some unknowns perform their favourite records might walk away wanting to know more about the artists involved in making a great show, which hopefully results in them seeking out their original work”.