Christopher Marshall is back, hitting The Retreat Hotel with help from supports Kim Volkman & The Whiksey Priests and Sean Simmons & Bronwyn Henderson (The Spoils).
As lead singer of legendary Melbourne Blues Punk firebrands, Harem Scarem, Christopher Marshall blew out the speakers on many a Melbourne stage. For those of you who missed them first time around, Harem Scarem were a much loved fixture of Melbourne’s thriving live scene back then. Renowned for their ferociously intense gigs, they were described variously as “Cold Chisel with a punk-rocking heart” or as “the Stones meet Creedence covering the Cramps” (or some such nonsense). With an intensely loyal following and upward trajectory of critical and popular acclaim they nonetheless disbanded way too soon in 1987 following the release of their landmark LP, Pilgrims Progress – re-released to renewed critical ravings in expanded format by AZTEC in 2008. Christopher Marshall then retreated into monastic seclusion before dragging himself out of the swamp temporarily in order to reinvent himself as a Scott Walkeresque soul rocking crooner for 1998’s well received Strange Waters, Small Mercies (Hi Gloss CD). A brace of shows backed by an all-star band (featuring members of Hunters & Collectors; Stephen Cummings, the Models etc.) recaptured the glory days but proved to be a flash in the pan as the singer retreated all too soon into the welcoming mangroves of obscurity.
Who would have guessed that in the midst of all this, Christopher Marshall was itching to reboot his fabled singing career.