LA Social goes country


LA Social Club is saddling up for a hoedown this weekend.

There may even be a couple of ponies at the door.

The unique local production company is playing at the Arrowtown Autumn Festival’s Denim and Diamonds Party this Saturday.

LA Social is a “troupe” of four interchangeable bands that are, effectively, exactly the same.

It’s slightly confusing to understand at first.

All of the “teams” perform in the same way.

It’s a high-energy, theatrically-driven, get-up-and-boogie kinda vibe.

This weekend the band playing will include the company’s founding members Lindsay Woods and wife Ailsa.

Lindsay is on vocals and guitar while Ailsa also sings as well as, possibly, playing flute, sax and harmonica.

They will be joined by Ailsa’s brother Jodie Malthus on drums, Dave Francis on lead guitar and Derek Smith on bass.

However, if you booked LA Social for a gig next weekend you could have five completely different performers turn up.

The idea began 10 years ago when Lindsay and Ailsa were only a duo.

Eventually through “constantly listening and responding to people” they worked out what worked and what didn’t.

Today, there are 20 members in the club each with the same fine-tuned set list.

Lindsay: “Over the years we’ve taken in musical friends and just to meet demand basically we duplicated ourselves.”

Most of the members have other jobs but some are full-time musicians.

Lindsay reckons versatility in a gig is key.

“It might start off with The Doobie Brothers but then finish off with Calvin Harris and have a total blend throughout,” he says.

However, specially for this weekend they’ve put together a country set list.

Including the infamously popular Old Crow Medicine Show song Wagon Wheel which Lindsay describes as his “bread and butter”.

There will also be classics from the likes of Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers.

They’ll also take chart-toppers, from artists like Bruno Mars, and give them a country spin.

The reason Lindsay wanted to do a themed event is because of the coverage they’ve had throughout the community.

“Over the last 10 years a lot of Queenstowners will have seen us singing and playing at different show they’ve been to so I thought let’s give them something different.

“It will still be awesomely good,” he says.

LA Social is sponsoring Arrowtown Autumn Festival. 

The LA Social Club will be playing at the Denim and Diamonds Party at Athenaeum Hall, Arrowtown, April 23. Tickets are $45 – supper included. R18.