Akradia began as a writing collaboration between Tasmanian born Jodee Maree Smith and Joseph Calderazzo in 1997. They have fire and spunk and their music is pure and unaffected. With nothing but vocals and acoustic guitar they evoke colours and textures proving that 'wall of sound production' isn't imperative to the creation of good rock music.
"An exceptional blend of powerful vocals and some guitar mastery." Time Off, September 2000
"At a time when scratches, samples and detuned guitars rule the day Akradia cast their lot in favour of restraint and honesty and come up trumps - Social Disorder is an album raw with intensity, filled with passion and one that suggests bigger things to come." - Scene Magazine, December 2000
"It was not hard to be impressed by their performance."
Rave Magazine, September 2000
"Joseph Calderazzo looked like he was ready to stagedive."
Revolver Magazine May 2000
"scorching guitar work" Scene Magazine, November 2000
" Jodee Smith has a wicked voice" Jeff Hanneman - Slayer
"Joseph Calderazzo; guitar guru" - thebasement.com, November 2000
"Joseph Calderazzo's guitar playing backs the vocals exceptionally well, and even a broken string couldn't throw him tonight" - Drum Media, December 2000
With the event of Sydney venues in residential areas suffering from noise problems, it has caused many artists to reconsider their live performance situation and sell their wares in an acoustic format in order to keep the local councils happy while maintaining some sort of gig schedule. Hence a major resurgence of acoustic music. Venues at the forefront of the Sydney Acoustica Movement are 'Tuesday Nite Club' at the Iguana Bar in Kings Cross and 'Club Acoustica' at La Bar in Darlinghurst, both nights are responsible for showcasing and developing acoustic talent in Sydney. Sure Eric Clapton started something all those years ago with his 'unplugged vibe', spurring on Nirvana, Kiss and a plethora of others, however artists moving on into the new millennium are actually creating their sound around the sound of acoustic instrumentation. One of the key bands to emerge from the Sydney Acoustica Movement is Akradia who began as a writing collaboration between Tasmanian born Jodee Maree Smith and Joseph Calderazzo in 1997. Joseph had been working in the USA then in the Sydney live scene for the past few years and upon meeting Jodee the two embarked on their journey into writing and playing together. As songwriters they are prolific and the music flows naturally. Together they will be a strong force in the industry they have grown up in.
These guys are not the stereotype folk/acoustic musicians, they have fire and spunk, their music is rock based. After a long journey of self-discovery, both in terms of life as well as music and drawing influences from artists such as Tea Party, Patti Smith, Janis Joplin & Catatonia, Akradia have crafted a soulful, adventurous collection of songs. With nothing but vocals and acoustic guitar they evoke colours and textures proving that 'wall of sound production' isn't imperative to the creation of good rock music.
Springing to the surface is Smith's raw, sensual nature, captured in the live performance's evocative sound and remarkably confident lyricism over the urban and often fiery guitar bed laid down by Calderazzo. 'Healer' is up-vibed social comment on the heroin / prostitute related scene in Sydney's' Kings Cross. Their set moves through stories of the wounded woman, infidelity, a sensitive version of the Alison Moyet 80's hit 'All Cried Out', and a couple of instrumental pieces for good measure using open tunings. As Jodees' mother has oft quoted "Jodee calls a spade a spade and then hits you over the head with it", this comes to light in the alluring 'I don't know'. The darker sside of Akradia features the bewitching lyrics of 'Aka