Invisible Friend's new groove
A STRONG sea breeze on a cold winter’s night didn’t stop fans flocking to see Invisible Friend at the Beach Hotel last Saturday. Their groovy music is a modern take on a 1960s and 1970s Beatles-esque sound.
The Byron Bay foursome got off to a late start with percussionist/vocalist Nino Haggith apologising and promising a 75-minute set.
Strong and confident performers, the quartet brought amazing melodic charm and stage presence to their show with a fresh and fun take on reggae-infused funk, with hints of roots, rock and blues oozing through the music.
Heavy bass seemed to be hypnotizing the already enthusiastic audience.
The last decade has seen Invisible Friend play around the world including a three-year residency in Germany, Switzerland and London.
They recorded their newest album Sunroom in Byron Bay, and have been busy spruiking it since its launch in April.
The boys had deep and harmonising multi-lead vocals, which complemented their soulful tunes.
With thought-provoking lyrics and a wide instrumental range, their voices give a distinctive signature to their music.
The funky and psychedelic set list of cherry-picked tunes highlighted their amazing musicianship and seemed to accentuate the already relaxed and cheerful vibe in the bay.
Everyone was up dancing and digging the music.
The mix of keyboard, guitar, drums, percussion and vocals lent a diverse and retro sound to Invisible Friend.
Their worldly experience ensures an array of fresh lyrics about life.
Two of their strongest songs were Wake Up and Catfish.
Both tunes felt familiar, even conventional, yet their upbeat melodies clearly appealed to a wide range of fans.