The much-anticipated full length debut album from Gretta Ziller, Queen of Boomtown, hits shelves today, out through independent record label, Social Family Records, following a successful launch last night at The Croxton Front Bar, which featured a secret guest appearance from Henry Wagons, performing the haunting duet, Round and Round, from the album with Ziller. Other artists who came to celebrate the occasion on stage, included fellow local Melbourne Americana and alt-country artists, The Weeping Willows, Lachlan Bryan, Andrew Swift and Alison Ferrier.
Recorded at Woodstock Studios, Balaclava, Queen of Boomtown was produced by New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Paul Ruske. “Working with Paul was the most amazing experience,” Ziller recalls. “Not only is he such a beautiful person and talented musician, but he understood me and what I wanted with this record.”
Ziller brought together an impressive array of musicians to perform on the album, the recordings featuring members of Saskwatch, The Cat Empire, and the bands of Angus & Julia Stone, Passenger and Dan Sultan, with accomplished songwriter Jen Mize providing backing vocals.
Queen of Boomtown is threaded with a gentle fatalism, each song conveying an acceptance of the way things are and an openness to shifting circumstance. For Ziller, the songs are often inspired by emotions rather than common trials and autobiographical tribulations.
“I approach my songwriting a little bit like a bower bird,” the songwriter explains. “I am a collector of ideas and thoughts. The Notes app in my phone is full of one liners and song ideas. I don’t write specifically about every day stuff in my life, I tend to take an idea or emotion about something that is relevant or emotionally attractive to me and roll with it.”