Pseudo Echo @ The Gov, Adelaide 30/8/2019

What a way to bring in the weekend than with Pseudo Echo playing to a big Friday night crowd at The Gov. Pseudo Echo are one those bands who pioneered the 80s with their stylised look and electro sound, establishing themselves as one of the most iconic and influential bands in the country with a string of big hit singles so catchy and likeable that even if you didn’t follow the band you still knew who they were.

Pseudo Echo has a different line up these days led by main stay Brian Canham (vocals and guitar) but with James Mudd (keytar), Matt Ray (keytar) and Cameron Smith (drums). It was a perfect lead in with the intro music being from Lipps Inc. version of Funky Town before the band took the stage to kick things off with Ultraviolet. The crowd was excitable for the hits and Don’t Go was no exception followed by A Beat For You which was for all the teenage girls of the 80s.

Canham had acknowledged it had been a while since they were last in Adelaide and then went on to mention that Living In A Dream was the first song he ever wrote and was too heavy for their first album leaving it in the bench. The next few were off the album Autumnal Park with Fast Cars, Destination Unknown and Stranger In Me and getting the nod. My favourite Love An Adventure was sensational.

With talk about about trying to get to Adelaide Canham said that the tour always seemed to head the other way also adding that back in the day they were looking at covering Nutbush City Limits but had left it til now. The crowd were encouraged to break out in to The Nutbush.

Interestingly Canham spoke of their debut on Countdown in 1983 doing themselves a favour and literally made them over night popstars on the strength of Listening. The main set finished on the massive chart topper Funky Town to which Canham say that anyone who doesn’t know who Pseudo Echo is knows this one. Brilliant! The crowd wanted more and that is what they got with a two song encore featuring Real Life’s Send Me An Angel and Bryan Ferry’s Let’s Stick Together. Great night out and let’s hope Pseudo Echo bob up a few more times over the summer.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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