Last week I made recorded this here collection of sounds, but not songs, and if you like them they’re yours for nix:
A couple of years ago, I joined seminal Melbourne power pop band Little Murders, playing guitar.
Little Murders have been around since the late 70’s and had a couple of minor hits through the legendary Au Go Go Records during the early 80’s.
The band has recently released it’s seventh studio album ‘Hi Fab’, which I was fortunate enough play on alongside singer/songwriter Rob Griffiths, Rod Hayward (Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes), Michael Barclay (Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls/Messengers, Weddings Parties Anything) and Tony Robertson (New Christs, Hitmen and The Screaming Tribesmen).
The album was recorded over a 12-month period at Audrey Studios in Coburg, and was produced by Craig Pilkington (The Killjoys, Archie Roach). Craig also plays on the album providing keyboards and brass, as does Anna Burley of the Killjoys with her typically beautiful vocal harmonies.
‘Hi Fab’ is available on CD now through Off The Hip Records and will soon be released digitally.
The album will be launched at the Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford, Melbourne on Saturday 15 October with special guests the Jangle Band, who will be launching their new album which is also available through Off The Hip.
After 18 years of inactivity, my old band Jericho announced this week that it will reform for The Melbourne Divide, a wonderfully curated showcase event presented by Popboomerang Records as part of the 2016 City of Yarra Leaps and Bounds Festival.
Jericho was active between the years of 1995-1998, releasing four EPs and a bootleg cassette recorded for Triple J’s now-defunct Australian Music Show. The band toured heavily up and down the east coast of Australia for three years before suddenly entering into an indefinite hiatus while in the midst of recording early demo’s for its debut long-player.
In 2003, Popboomerang released a compilation of released and unreleased recordings by the band called Retrospective 1995-1998. The album has since almost sold out of its physical CD pressing despite the band not having performed live since 1998 and the last remaining copies will be available at this show.
The lineup has changed, but the songs and the sound remain. Original members Leigh Thomas (guitar) and Geoff Barnes (drums) have moved on and the new three-piece lineup includes Shaun Lohoar (Blueline Medic, Pollyanna, Knievel, The Favourite Game), original bass player Bill Downie and myself.
I’ll be joining my good friends Ian Freeman (Header, The Palisades, Ladybirds) and Jeff Baker (The Rainyard, Ladybirds, DM3) onstage for a couple of songs as they debut their newish project The Golden Rail in Melbourne next Sunday 15 May.
The Golden Rail—also featuring Dave Chadwick (e. Header), Glenn Musto (College Fall, Showbag, Jodie Musto (College Fall) and Saki Sakamoto (Lot 56) and the odd casual appearance from myself—has been quietly working away on a collection of recordings for a couple of years and will finally play them live for the first time at the Yarra Hotel.
Ian and Jeff and co will also be launching and performing tracks from the recently released Jangle Band LP ‘Edge of a dream’ on the day. More details here.
I’ll be playing a matinee solo show with my pals The Favourite Game at the Workers Club, Fitzroy on Sat 7 May.
The Favourite Game came out of the mid 90s scene in Perth, before moving to Melbourne. Since then, the members have gone on to play in many other great bands like Ammonia, Blueline Medic, Rail and Pollyanna and now they’re back with some cracking new recordings.
More details here.
Little Murders back in Melbs, Sat 23 April with the On and Ons (Syd) featuring all them cool ex. band members. See for yourself http://ow.ly/10uzrC