Victoria Hotel this afternoon to see Kris Schroeder from The Basics play two solo sets on acoustic guitar in the beer garden. Kris chose a wide selection of songs, including a couple solo tracks and some of the newer Basics material such as "Tunaomba Saidia," "Whatever Happened To The Working Class" and "To Think Of You." Kris was in good spirits as he whipped through his set list in front of the small crowd, even though some weren't really paying attention. Melbourne may be a music town but audience chatter when musicians are playing is a continuous and annoying problem.
Having two sets allowed for some rarely played Basics songs to make an appearance, including "Memory Lane," "Feels Like Love," "I Don't Need Another," and a selection of tracks off the Keep Your Friends Close album: "Keep The Door Open," "The Day Mairead Goes Away," "What Do You See In Me?" and "All Or Nothing." To finish things off we were treated to covers of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" and Crowded House's "Better Be Home Soon." Kris says he will be playing a number of solo shows in the coming weeks around Brunswick so I look forward to catching him again very soon!