Mama Red & the Dark Blues will take listeners on a musical journey to Hades via Lost Love Canyon, Near Miss Alley and Shotgun Street – and bring them out feeling like they’ve ridden a thousand miles on a horse named Sorrow, but lived to tell the tale.
Mama Red & the Dark Blues is the brainchild of Perth writer / performer partnership Harry Deluxe and Melanie Bainbridge. With significant musical collaboration from some of Perth’s most creative instrumentalists, the band's new album, Wages of Sin, boasts some stellar compositions and works its way from a stripped back, emotionally raw a ‘Capella sound, to the uplifting resonance of a fifteen strong choir of Perth’s finest voices, directed by the incredible Libby Hammer.
Described as ‘Alt-Country-Pop with a hint of gospel’, but messing with genres, gender stereotypes and refusing to be stylistically confined, the band’s eclecticism and originality is part of their charm. They hark back to the earliest bawdy blues, sink into soulful R&B via the hallowed halls of country, grab a little gospel and then give a slightly ironic nod to modern pop – all within one hour and across one cleverly coherent album.
The Wages of Sin sings straight to the hearts of those who have wrestled with the wrong relationships, waded through self-doubt and addictions and who have come out the other end with grace, power and a universal story to share.
Having played swing, jazz and rockabilly favourites for audiences across Australia for over 20 years, lead vocalist Harry Deluxe is now transforming, developing, reinventing – bashing down the walls of the cover band box and bringing her original tunes and her authentic self to the stage.
A lead vocalist who can simply blow the speakers, with a posse of the State’s most talented musicians and some seriously sexy harmonies behind her – Mama Red & The Dark Blues deserve your undivided attention. And beware… if you don’t give it, you may have it taken from you by force.
Mama Red and The Dark Blues are: Harry Deluxe on lead vocals, Melanie Bainbridge - composer, lyricist and backing vocals, Al James – guitar, Gregory Brenton – drums and percussion, John Wilson – bass, Paul Gioia – piano / keys / organ and Therese Cruise – backing vocals.