Melbourne Press sent musically (classical) trained, Alannah Woods to review Methyl Ethel at their sold out, album launch of OH INHUMAN SPECTACLE, at Shebeen. Woods will cringe and give poor ratings to bad tones and flat notes, in this instance she was enthralled.
‘The band made everyone feel so at ease, they chatted to the crowd and made jokes about sleeping on couches and befriending fans. They connected with their audience and made them part of the show, which kept it personal.
Lead singer, Jake Webb’s unique voice, has a great high register, that not many men can boast of. The tone was so clear and strong, I could have listened to it all night!
Each song varied, it was great to hear something new being played, rather than the same style over and over again, which tends to happen with some bands. Each song had its own style and mood.’
After taking the prerequisite drink from the bar, we sit down to chat to two of the boys from Methyl Ethel, Chris Wright (drums) and Tom Stuart (bass). We are at the Newmarket Studios where they will be playing and filming the latest album ‘Oh Inhuman Spectacle’, that was released in January.
They are a Perth based band and have a hectic schedule flying constantly between the East and West states for gigs and promotions. Wright and Stuart are self-taught musicians and shy away from any pretensions, they claim that the lead singer Jake Webb is the major creative force. Webb created the compositions and image of the band, allowing the drummer and base player to furnish his vision with their interpretation. Webb has experimented with various line-ups but the strong chemistry of the current trio blend, to create a muted passion that seeps into the music.
We crowd into the studio and enter into the intimate world of Jake. The modesty of Wright and Stuart regarding they’re musical sophistication has been understated. The drums pulse rhythmically and no one can resist the compulsion to move with the music. As one sensual tune blends seamlessly into the next our attention drifts onto the discrete and unassuming persona of Webb. His songs drift through our layers and one wonders how deep the artist will take us. There is a penetrating authenticity to this work.