Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics 29th April 2011

Gig Details

Band : Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics

Venue : Devilles Pad

Event : AA 7” Vinyl Launch Night 1 (Northern)

Date : 29th April 2011

On Friday the 29th of April Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics launched their much anticipated (and well overdue) debut single, “Wait in Vain”, at Devilles Pad in Perth, Western Australia. The single, has been in creation for the past couple of years and features four of the original tunes that have been co-written by Jon Fernandes and Odette Mercy and features solos by Fred Wesley, a name that is synonymous with the style of soul due to his long tenure as the trombonist with the late James Brown in his band.

The evening, promoted as a Soul Review, featured all of the favorite original songs from the Soul Atomics in a new fresh arrangements which included an expanded three piece horn section and a second guitar. The first set of the show also featured the vocals of two guests singers, Donovan de Souza from the Accumulated Gestures and the one and only Natalie Alley, two very talented individuals who blessed not only the Soul Atomics but also the 400+ fans there to celebrate the launch of our first single.

At the conclusion of the first set the Soul Atomics took a half hour break before the main act featuring Miss Odette Mercy got under way. This 90 minute set of high energy toe -tapping original soul featuring an expanded versin of the soul atomics with two guitars (Jamie Searle and Karl Hiller) as well a three piece horn section (Jimmy ‘the lips’ Murphy, Al McEvoy and Simon Montgomery). The set started in the traditional Soul Atomics manner with the Soul Atomics theme being performed in its entirety. At the conclusion of this song the crowd erupted as Odette Mercy took the stage for the first time for the evening.

The set continued with the new and improved arrangements of all of the songs that the Soul Atomics have become well known for across Perth over the past three years. The audience really appreciated the effort the band had gone to to work on transitions between songs with the energy given off from the stage being infectious across the dance floor which was packed full for the entire evening. At the conclusion of the set Odette Mercy was rejoined on stage by Donovan d’Souza for the encore of the ballad “When You Say My Name” . Donovan’s silky smooth soulful vocals complemented Miss Odette’s perfectly to create the perfect end to an extraordinary evening of original soul music.

A huge thanks needs to go out to everyone who made their way to Devilles Pad to join in the celebration of our debut single launch. For those who didn’t manage to get along to the show we are playing at the William Street Bird on the 13th of May followed by our second night of celebration for the single launch down at Mojos in North Fremantle on the 15th of May.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out as of yet make sure you download Odette Mercy’s new tunes from the single “Wait in Vain”.

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