One of the highlights for me of the Sydney Country Music Festival on the 8th November, 2014 was the chance to see this Newcastle based band again. Since first seeing the band perform in 2012 I have watched them mature as a band and create a fan base that seems to follow them all around NSW.
The Viper Creek Band are comprised of lead singer Damien Baguley, Jochen Walter on Guitar, Joel Stewart on bass and the ever smiling Adam McCann on the drums. They formed in 2011 and have released 2 EP’s Crazy Tonight and Dance Like No One’s Watching whilst their debut album Kickin’ Up Dust was released in March this year.
Whilst they have created their own distinct style of music they do at times remind me of Keith Urban, McAlister Kemp and Eric Church. Their songs range from country rock to softer ballads. The Viper Creek Band set started with a crowd favourite “Tonight Tonight” from their Kickin’ Up Dust album followed by the title track from the same album. If you want a band to kick start the audience then The Viper Creek Band are the ones that can do it. What I believe sets an artist apart from their peers is the ability to entertain the audience. There are many bands that sound good but not all of them know how to perform live and invigorate the audience like The Viper Creek Band do. This, along with their fresh sound, is what raises them above the pack.
The set list was mainly original songs from their album and also included “Let’s Get Outta Here” from their EP Dance Like No One’s Watching. Back up vocals on the day were provided by Sydney based Victoria Avenue and they also look like they have a future in the industry. Keep an eye out for them as they have a few gigs of their own coming up.
The guys performed a great version of Slim Dusty’s “Lights on the Hill” which most of the audience sung along too and is another one of my favourites. The band also performed a good cover of “Forever and Ever Amen” which was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz and made famous by Randy Travis. I was glad that “Missin Me”, the second single from Kickin’ Up Dust was included in the set as this is a great song that was written by another Novacastrian, Morgan Evans along with Mark & Jay O’Shea. The crowd really enjoyed and connected with the words of last songs of the set “Thank God For Beer” and “My Hometown”.
There is still a chance to catch one of their gigs before the end of the year as they are performing at the following locations:
Neath Hotel, Neath
19th December, 2014
Federal Hotel, Branxton
20th December, 2014
Club Lemon Tree, Lemon Tree Passage
31st December, 2014