To quote Bruce Springsteen, "The best music… is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with", a philosophy which saw the birth two years ago of Melbourne-based soulful rock band Dalicados, who will launch their debut single at St Kilda's The Fyrefly on Saturday, 1st June, 2019.
In 2017, six friends with a distinctive Australian music pedigree (The Chosen Few, Hunters & Collectors, I Spit On Your Gravy, H.A.N.D, In Vivo, Fiona & Her Holy Men, Epic Brass, UNAustralians, Tijuana Souvenirs) banded together to provide music therapy and support to each other during a close friend's terminal illness.
Their stellar live performances soon saw Dalicados earn a loyal following, captivating audiences with their electrifyingly soulful storytelling through rock music.
Remarkable songsmith James Lomas is lead vocalist and guitarist ; Dalicados' rhythm section of Cal Mc Alpine on drums and Mark Carson on double bass, comprise the engine room; custom finished details are provided by backing vocalists and percussionists, Tracey Mc Alpine and Fiona Lee Maynard, with the incomparable Jack Howard on trumpet and assorted brass instruments.
Their songs are seasoned with Australian and popular culture lyrical references, a comedic twist and enormous empathy.
Drawing on a compendium of influences from popular music and entertainment culture since the 1960's, encompassing traditional and classical elements, but leaning towards Steve Earle and Tom Waits with a firm nod to soul revue bands - Dalicados offer passion and professionalism and have never forgotten the original creative purpose that prompted them to pick up their instrument and carry it with them their entire life.
Currently finishing their debut album, the launch at The Fyrefly will also see Dalicados unveil their accompanying music video to the track, titled "Make Hay While The Sun Shines" .
The launch will be a celebration of triumph through trauma. Dalicados will perform songs from their forthcoming album, premiere the Make Hay While The Sun Shines music video on a large screen, provide a free download code upon entry and will be joined by special guests: DELSINKI.
Saturday, June 1st
Dalicados + Delsinki (18+)
The Fyrefly, Newmarket Hotel (downstairs), 34 Inkerman St, St Kilda
Tickets: $28.60 (Reserved seating); $23.20 (GA); $158.10 (Booth seating for six people)