The Body Electric were one of the definitive Melbourne bands of the 1990s. Full of dark passion and intense, soulful energy they featured the songwriting skills of one of Australia’s finest – Charlie Marshall – along with an all star cast including Jim White and Warren Ellis from the Dirty Three, Brian Hooper of Beasts of Bourbon and Darren Seltmann of The Avalanches.
These other bands went on to global success but that meant The Body Electric never received the exposure they deserved, remaining something of a Melbourne secret.
Charlie formed another legendary Melbourne band in the 1980s, the blues punk powerhouse Harem Scarem. With The Body Electric in the 90s he combined this bluesy, soulful, rock rhythmic sense with a songwriting craft inspired by the likes of Brian Wilson, J Mascis and Jimmy Webb and vocal style somewhere between Dylan, Iggy and Leonard Cohen to create a unique sound.
2016 saw the release of the Body Electric retrospective LP Won’t Give Up and after an extended break from music, Charlie has returned to the live scene with renewed energy and vigour and a band featuring former Body Electric members Bryan Colechin (Hugo Race True Spirit) on bass and Brett Poliness (Siver Ray, Hugo Race) on drums.
This show will feature classic Body Electric songs as well as Charlie’s new works, inspired by his passion for science and love of nature. With these, he may have created a new musical genre – poetic, scientific, ecological, political rock – and a new album ‘Sublime’ is due for release in early 2017.
Special guests for this event are The Antibodies from Nimbin with their sharp, spiky punk pop aesthetic and Gold Coast’s Caresse Cranwell delivering powerful, ecophilosophical poetry.
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Charlie Marshall and the Body Electric bring Songs of Science, Ecology and Love to Dust Temple on Thursday 26 January. Event details at facebook.com/charliemarshallmusic/.