Season 4 of The Newport Record Club with Electric Light Orchestra

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“Electric Light Orchestra were a perfect blend of Beatlesque-pop and disco. Due to their vast range of mega songs, that can be pinpointed to no single album of theirs in particular, we were allowed to piece together our own ‘Greatest Hits‘ collection of their songs for this show” – Timothy Nelson (Timothy Nelson & The Infidels).

Regarded as influential and as significant as The Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra – fuelled by Jeff Lynne’s esteemed songwriting and musicianship – have held a distinct place in the industry since the 70’s. Fusing massive guitar licks with full orchestration and choral effects, ELO blended a success of great songs with modern rock and classic undertones that for many, were serious underrated.

Initially capturing the attention of US fans, this British rock extravaganza were certainly alternative for their time. On a mission to explore the most intricate of sounds, frontman Lynne was amongst the era’s finest crafters of almost-The Beatles pop tunes. And whilst they struggled to compete in the post-punk landscape throughout the 80’s, ELO turned out to be one of the most perfectly evolved bands of their time.

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Boosting the local music scene in a very promising light, the next night of Season 4 pays tribute to Electric Light Orchestra’s Greatest Hits. Joining together specifically for this special show, Evil Women, featuring some of Perth’s most recognised talent, will be performing the classics in all its entirety Thursday 18th February, 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 Blondie, Faith No More, Billy Joel and Rage Against the Machine. 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.

Meet the ‘Evil Women’

Formed exclusively to pay tribute to Electric Light Orchestra, Evil Women are made up of high profile local musicians from renowned bands.

“I usually write songs and perform them in my bands, either Timothy Nelson & The Infidels or High Horse”,  says Nelson. “All of us have played in a multitude of original bands over the years and still do. Most notably would be The Sleepy Jackson (Malcolm Clark) and currently the Steve Hensby BandA few of us have also appeared at a few Record Club shows in the past (check out the most recent review here). It’s always fun to get together with a bunch of talented people and play a record we all love live….”

“… Here’s the complete line up:

Timothy Nelson: Vocals, guitar.

Steve Hensby: Lead guitar.

Elysia Murphy: Keys, vocals.

Josh Dyson: Bass.

Malcolm Clark: Drums, vocals.

Hayley-Ayres: Violin.

Aaron Wyatt: Viola.

Tristen Parr: Cella.

String Arrangements: Mike Nelson and Hayley-Jane Ayres.

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Electric Light Orchestra’s Greatest Hits

Packed with classic songwriting, big sounds and melodic sparkle, Electric Light Orchestra’s cluster of ‘greatest hits’ is an-almost flawed compilation. Over 40 years ago, Jeff Lynne – a songwriter to the legendary Lennon and McCartney – effectively reworked the Beatles in his own magnificent image, bringing some of the greatest songs with him in the process.

Including an array of hits from Evil Woman, Don’t Bring Me Down, Livin’ Thing and Mr Blue Sky, ELO focused on all the experimental elements The Beatles had originally tried out on their latest albums – and then built a collection of songs that made for a more deeper and streamlined approach into the band’s career.

After being resurrected twice over the years, Lynne’s ELO has burst back into the scene stronger than before, whilst still staying true to the magic that attracted fans in the first place. With a European tour announced for 2016, including a much-anticipated show at Glastonbury Festival in June, this weeks performance at the Record Club will without a doubt be the closest to the ELO experience as you can get in the meantime. Bring on those disco vibes, focused Beatles obsession and glam-rock gems fans know and love about ELO.

“ELO’s music has been somewhat of a constant around the Nelson household all my life. My mum knew to bring us all up on a healthy diet of The Beatles, which funnily enough, always includes Jeff Lynne somehow…”

…”They were a perfect blend of Beatlesque-pop and disco. Due to their vast range of mega songs, that can be pinpointed to no single album of theirs in particular, we were allowed to piece together our own ‘Greatest Hits’ collections of their songs for this show”. 

Steve Parkin said from the very start I should do Electric Light Orchestra for the Record Club, and be Jeff Lynne. It was a great joy to sing his songs and be apart of a band playing the full arrangements. Thrilled to have strings too, it’s the only way to do it!”

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“For me, the Record Club has been a great way to get the chance to play in a band with certain musicians who wouldn’t normally find together on stage, as we’ve always formed these one-off ‘supergroups’ to do it”.

“I never thought I’s see this much action on a Thursday night, around these parts anyway. Steve and Mal have both created something of an iconic gig for Perth musos to play at now, and I think the conceptual nature of it separates it from a usual cover-band gig and that’s why it’s attracted so many from the original music scene to be apart of it”.

“This Thursday night, ELO fans can expect lots of hair, lots of falsetto, a good serving of disco and most important; strings!”. 

Season 4 of The Newport Record Club has so many quality albums and artists to look forward too so make sure you stay tuned on the Toward Music blog for what you can expect each week and follow The Newport Record Club on Facebook for all the latest updates.
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