By Deb Kloeden, Adelaide correspondent
Review: Wasted Wanderers, In Your Fire Tour
Venue: Jive, Adelaide. 9th July, 2016
Adelaide’s three piece, blues/rock band, Wasted Wanderers are currently touring to promote their new single, ‘In Your Fire’. The band formed in one of Adelaide’s iconic live music pubs, The Grace Emily, in 2014, and have been rapidly gathering a growing following ever since. I first discovered them at WOMADelaide, Adelaide’s World Music Festival, in March this year, and couldn’t believe they had slipped under my radar. So I’ve been very keen to see them again ever since.
The three members, Dusty Lee, Matt and Benny were joined on stage at times by the sister duo Nikai, who provided depth to the vocals with their beautiful harmonies.
An appreciative home-town crowd saw the Wasted Wanderers perform their growing repertoire, including their first single ‘God damn Anything’, some new songs, and of course, ‘In Your Fire’. This is a real Motown-style dance track. The female vocal backing gives it a kind of 60’s feel. Their first single, ‘God damn Anything’, is also a real rockin’ track with a catchy, repetitive beat and chorus. Lead singer and guitarist, Dusty Lee, ripped up some impressive blues guitar rifts. At times, he almost made his guitar sing. The Wasted Wanderers manage to replicate a Vintage sound masterfully, with a mixture of ballads, bluesy tracks and also some country-style influences.
This is the first national tour for the band with 10 shows in total. They have one more gig to perform as part of this tour on July 31st – The Retreat Hotel, MELBOURNE. Catch them if you can.
The band will then concentrate on preparing music for a second album. Although a relatively new band, these youngsters create a mature sound, which gives the impression of years of experience. I predict they have a lot more to offer their fans and I look forward to seeing and hearing them again as soon as possible.
Dusty Lee Stephensen – Guitar/ Lead Vocals.
Benny Morris – Bass/ Backup Vocals.
Matt Birkin – Drums/ Backup Vocals.
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