Lake plays Stillpoint plus to a mesmerised audience on Saturday
meets the Madders in outer space
27.8.17 - Madder Lake and Spectrum have led parallel
careers in some respects since Bill and I first saw Madder Lake
supporting the Rolling Stones at Kooyong back in 1960-something
on a sweltering day where they played a tight Madder set, both
on time and with a degree of professionalism that spectacularly
eluded the Stones on that particular day. Is that parallel enough?
I don't suppose it is, but in any case here we both are at the
pointy end of our playing careers, both still immersed in our
respective bubbles and still popping up now and then playing
a mix of New and Old Testaments to our slightly bemused but
intensely loyal fan-bases.
While the bands have always been nodding acquaintances, genuine
friendshps have emerged and both the late Putty and myself have
been friends of Madder's guitarist and guitar tech supremo,
Brenden Mason, for an awful lot of years.
was Bren who approached me to join the Madders at The Flying
Saucer Club and add some harp noises to a few of their tunes.
I'd done it before at the Palms at Crown for a couple of tunes,
but there were a few more idiosyncratic Madder songs to contend
with this time, so I actually felt it prudent to pop down to
Ashburton to rehearse with the band. The chaps made me feel
welcome and went to the trouble of learning I'll Be Gone,
so I felt as though I'd been included in the Madder bubble.
Pleasingly there was a full house of expectant* ML fans at the
Saucer on the night and everything seemed to ge very well musically
speaking, so everybody was happy. I had to double back to pick
up my shirt after the gig, (!) but apart from that it was a
lovely night out for Mike of Mt Evelyn.
* Don't be silly..