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Join The Tall Grass (Peter Fenton and Jamie Hutchings) in full band mode and Adam Gibson and The Ark-Ark Birds, as both acts release new albums into the world. The Tall Grass with Down The Unmarked Road and Adam Gibson and The Ark-Ark Birds with Cities Of Spinifex. Both artists boast a wide open and uniquely Australian take on the romance of loss, landscape and the road. Opening proceedings is gifted cinematic blues artist Christine Jane.
THE TALL GRASS
The Tall Grass is a collaboration between Sydney based singer/songwriters Peter Fenton (Crow/soloist) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke/soloist). Both members rack up a very impressive and long history in the Australian independent music scene.
Peter Fenton is the charismatic frontman for Sydney legends Crow - a band with a formidable underground reputation and a catalogue of four outstanding albums. Fenton has also released a solo album, In The Lovers Arms, and worked regularly as an actor both in stage and in film.
Jamie Hutchings was the frontman for the equally iconic Bluebottle Kiss. The group released six albums and cemented themselves as one of Sydney’s great cult acts. He has released a number of solo albums, worked as a producer/guitarist/arranger and currently fronts experimental rock group Infinity Broke.
Their debut album Down The Unmarked Road is the culmination of four years of writing, performing and recording together. The album was predominantly recorded and mixed in Melbourne with Richard Andrew at Pharmacy Studios with some additional recording done in Sydney with Chris Culquhoun.
As well as Peter Fenton and Jamie Hutchings the album also features special guests Richard Andrew, Chris Colquhoun, Jess Locke, Laura Jean and Jeremy Craib.
To celebrate the albums release and their co-headline with Adam Gibson and The Ark-Ark Birds The Tall Grass will be expanding from their usual duo format to a six piece band formation.
Down The Unmarked Road is due for release on April 7, on the album legendary co-frontman of The Go Betweens and esteemed soloist and writer Robert Forster had this to say:
Ten good songs. Serious intent. Some self deprecation and wisdom, ‘I can fix your car son, but I cannot fix your heart’ are lines from Was With Her. I also like the way a new melody appears in the song’s last chorus. A sign everything’s been thought out, a hammered simplicity to the albums intentions; the intertwining voices of Jamie and Peter, each leaning in on the other to add detail to a story, or soar together sweeter, the crystal woody instrumentation and sound, and the exactitude of the songs. This is not an album that has been thrown together to follow a previous record eighteen months back. No. ‘Let ourselves be ourselves’ is another key line. This album feels like an arrival, even as the songs are of goodbyes, danger, in and out of love, and difficulty. And Sydney’s here too: sticky, overwhelming and oh so beautiful. Like a canvas backdrop in a tent show, before which, much of the action plays out. Down the Unmarked Road is the latest in the short roll of records that capture a feel for the harbour city. It took me back there. I could imagine these song scenarios, because they are true and well told. There’s two lines in the sublime pop of Moller, ‘Some call it choice,when you find your voice’. Jamie and Peter with the help of a few select musical friends, have found it.
Robert Forster. Brisbane, March 2017.
ADAM GIBSON AND THE ARK-ARK BIRDS
Adam Gibson and the Ark-Ark Birds are poised to release their second album, ‘Cities of Spinifex’, following on from the 2015 album ‘Australia Restless’ and Adam’s two records with former band The Aerial Maps. These were variously praised as "an Australian classic" by The Courier Mail and placed the band, according to the Drum Media, in an “esteemed space occupied by Australia’s finest bands.
Adam's stories/songs/poems investigate various shades of the Australian experience, telling stories in a voice that is as distinct as it is universal, in his unique spoken-sung style. Having travelled extensively throughout the outback and rural Australia, his music and writing have a strong emphasis on articulating a response to such landscapes.
Having forged a unique path with his spoken/sung tales of Australian life and landscape over two acclaimed albums with The Aerial Maps (plus earlier outfit Modern Giant), Adam Gibson and The Ark-Ark Birds released their first band album, ‘Australia Restless’, in 2015.
Cities of Spinifex, to be officially be released on April 7, is another aural feast - a panorama of songs and stories about landscape, travel and people, about spaces and places. Written during an intense period of personal change and flux for Adam and the band, Cities of Spinifex is a sprawling grab-bag of visions and sights, of memory and experience – of Australia and beyond.
“A lot of challenging things happened in the period immediately before we recorded this album and I wanted to capture that sense flux on the record,” says Adam. “We recorded it as quickly as possible to try to grab that sense of uncertainty and rawness.”
Long-noted for the forensic detail embedded in his songs, on Cites of Spinifex Gibson takes this even a step further, naming names and delving into personal history. He again Investigates various shades of the Australian experience, telling stories in a voice that is as distinct as it is universal. Loves, lives and loss …the cities and towns and spinifex grass and the black miles of bitumen road linking them all.
Christine Jane’s unique sound is self described as ‘cinematic blues’. She has been compared to artists who share her love of storytelling, darkness and the enigma of song such as Nick Cave, Cat Power, Beck, Feist, Fiona Apple, and Neil Finn. Her songs are deeply personal and reflect on loss, love, listlessness, and the shadows of despair. Each can be a world unto itself, collaging sound, mood and substance depending on the character she inhabits.
Christine Jane cut her teeth collaborating and performing with artists such as Jack Moffitt (The Preatures), The Hoodoo Gurus, Died Pretty, Jack Ladder, Peter Fenton, The Johnnys, The Apartments, Steve Clisby etc.
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