The Black Sorrows play an online gig at Memo Music Hall.

The Black Sorrows play an online gig at Memo Music Hall.

So goes the steady smoulder of old, borrowed and new. The gig fully combusts with Claude Carranza’s beaten-up guitar solo on Worlds Away, another one from his boss’s 49th album, Citizen John. That classic Hold Onto Me LP cops a generous serve as the pitch rises with Fire Down Below and Chained to the Wheel. The band grins and sweats. Audience? Whatever.

The Memo’s sessions cut a fine distinction in a market suddenly saturated with online gigs. The band plays the empty St Kilda club in real time, with full production and five cameras. The door charge is cheap, but not optional. Organisers say Kate Ceberano’s show last month sold more than twice the club’s capacity. A global audience is online.

How visceral this all-in, real-time stream can feel. When Camilleri, Carranza and horn players Tony Norris and Robbie Burke line up at the lip of the stage for the raucous finale of Shape I’m In, it feels like a crime not to leap off the couch and holler.



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