Chocolate Starfish will perform their first ‘Kick’ show in Melbourne this week and Adam Thompson says the classic INXS album is a proving a challenge.
“The ‘Kick’ album is our follow-up to the ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ show,” Adam Thompson tells Noise11.com. “Every five years we want to cover a classic album. We chose ‘Kick’ this time because we believe it is the quintessential album from INXS as a band. It is also an album that was quite defining for them. They had hits throughout their other albums from ‘Shabooh Shoobah’ and ‘The Swing’ but this one was a game-changer. There are songs on ‘Kick’ that were fantastic but weren’t necessarily hit songs. Songs like ‘Mystify’. Its not ‘Devil Inside’ or ‘New Sensation’ but it a beautiful song to do. We will put our own slant on it and make it very Starfish”.
Chocolate Starfish started performing the Meat Loaf classic ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ in 2014. “When we did ‘Bat Out of Hell’ there were only seven songs but they were all long songs,” Adam said. “This is a completely different show to what ‘Bat Out of Hell’ was. Thankfully for me it is two octaves lower for me, which means I can maybe have a glass of wine before I go on stage whereas with ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ I couldn’t”.
Fans jumped at grabbing Starfish Kick tickets. “The upside to this album is that it really resonated with fans,” he said. “The first show at Palms is oversold so we are like an airline. There is something about the classic album and people now understanding we can do them is resonating a wide variety of people”.
‘Kick’ is an interesting album for Chocolate Starfish to do live because INXS used chunks for pre-recorded sounds to replicate the songs in concert. “Because we have been rehearsing this for a while we struggled with how to do it,” Adam said. “We listened to Live Baby Live from Wembley and they did quite a few tracks to backing track. We felt that that’s not us and we wanted to fond ways to do it that had the energy that kept the songs true but allowed us to be our own band and take on it. If you are looking at something like ‘Need You Tonight’ that was a real challenge to us”.
Chocolate Starfish will perform ‘Kick’ this Saturday 11 July at Palms at Crown in Melbourne. Other parts of Australia will see the show in August and September.