Jimna Rocks 2023
A Review of our Performance @ Jimna Rocks
Hailing from Toowoomba, these folks described themselves as “rough around the edges art rock; at times chaotic and dramatic’. This sounds like a philosophy to which I can relate, plus, kudos on the appropriate use of the semicolon.
Project 62 does not relate to the number of people on stage. However, with keyboards, percussion, 2 guitars, bass and vocals, there was always something cool to see, no matter where you looked.
Like ninjas, these folks pounced from nowhere and captured our attention. I am always a little anxious when I see keyboards – too much new age and sampling nonsense can emanate from them – but these were used to season and spice the sound deliciously.
The percussion was smooth and powerful and I was transfixed with the way he circled the kit like a predator. The guitar work was smooth and unhurried, blending into the sound one moment, then massaging our souls the next. The bass was comfortable in the shadows, but it also had no compunction about stabbing us from time to time. Project 62 also occasionally used an array of effects that gave their sound a unique air – that’s not a negative – but an affirmation of their commitment and honesty.
They shared that they have been playing together for 15 years and this was obvious in their confidence and the way that they played together with synergy. We were also blessed to hear some new work – it seems that they are not content to rest on their laurels.
The vocals were also a surprise, with the vocalist using his impressive range effortlessly, but he was also able to use vocal effects to enrich the sound. This was not overused, but surfaced like an assassin when necessary.
Their music was raucous one moment, somber the next and uplifting soon after. This set felt like a significant set of connected experience, much like life.
This was my first encounter with Project 62. I hope that I see them 61 more times.
JIMNA ROCKS 2023
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