FESTIVAL RECORDS and Warner Music Australia released on April 1 release of the definitive overview of the great Aussie Rock scene from ‘70s and ‘80s and into the ‘90s, ‘THE GLORY DAYS OF AUSSIE PUB ROCK VOL.1’, on CD (a 4CD set!) and digital release.
Below Casper had a lengthy but insightful chat with MARK GABLE (Choirboys) about the collection and the decline in the Aussie live music scene.
Featuring a whopping 91 tracks (and priced to sell!), ‘THE GLORY DAYS OF AUSSIE PUB ROCK VOL.1’ focuses on the birthplace of classic OZ Rock – the pub! It includes seminal songs from virtually every successful Aussie rock band from the mid-‘70s through to the early-‘90s, including COLD CHISEL, THE ANGELS, DIVINYLS, MIDNIGHT OIL, MENTAL AS ANYTHING, BABY ANIMALS, SPLIT ENZ, HUNTERS & COLLECTORS, PAUL KELLY & THE COLOURED GIRLS, MEN AT WORK, AUSTRALIAN CRAWL, SKYHOOKS, THE SCREAMING JETS, ROSE TATTOO, DRAGON, TMG, SUNNYBOYS, STARS, THE SAINTS, NOISEWORKS, BLACK SORROWS, MODELS, THE SPORTS, RENEE GEYER, MI-SEX, JIMMY BARNES, IAN MOSS, BOOM CRASH OPERA, STEVIE WRIGHT, CHOIRBOYS, ICEHOUSE and FLOWERS, THE REELS, JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS, MONDO ROCK, RICHARD CLAPTON, RADIATORS, THE BADLOVES, BOOM CRASH OPERA, TIM FINN, THE CHURCH and more!.
It also includes memorable tracks from bands from the era whose fame may have been fleeting, but who still packed ‘em in in the pubs, including JIMMY & THE BOYS, GOANNA, SWANEE, DAVE WARNER’S FROM THE SUBURBS, MATT FINISH, PAINTERS & DOCKERS, UNCANNY X-MEN and MOVING PICTURES; as well as many groups who were local heroes of the day, like Perth’s THE BOYS, THE ELKS andLOADED DICE, Newcastle’s HEROES , Sydney’s THE HITMEN, THE NUMBERS, THE COCKROACHES, XL CAPRIS and THE CYRIL B. BUNTER BAND, and Melbourne’sBILLY MILLER & THE GREAT BLOKES, JAMES FREUD & THE RADIO STARS, STILETTO, BROD SMITH’S BIG COMBO and THE ALIENS (Melbourne). Some of the bigger indie guitar bands of the ‘80s also appear, like LIME SPIDERS and HUXTON CREEPERS. Even Nick Cave makes an appearance with the classic BOYS NEXT DOORsingle ‘Shivers’ (as later covered by the Screaming Jets!)
Additionally, ‘The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.1 ’ includes numerous tracks on CD (and digital release) for the first time ever, including THE DINGOES’ final Mushroom single ‘Smooth Sailing’, the first PAUL KELLY & THE DOTS single ‘Seeing is Believing’, and RAY ARNOTT’S ‘On the Run’, which is strongly rumoured to feature Angus Young on guitar.
Aimed at both the collector and the casual fan alike, ‘The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.1’ also includes comprehensive liner notes with track-by-track commentary and an essay by key ‘70s Australian rock writer (RAM magazine founding editor and Cold Chisel biographer) ANTHONY O’GRADY. The collection’s striking packaging features a new illustration by legendary Australian album cover and poster artist and Mushroom’s first art director, Ian McCausland.
‘The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.1’ (4CD and digital release) will be released April 1 on Festival Records and Warner Music.
Richard Clapton takes us to
The House of Orange
Released Friday 8 April 2016
New single Something About You out now on iTunes
Richard Clapton is one of Australia’s foremost singer/songwriters and has paved the way for three generations of songwriters to write about the experience of being Australian.
Songs like Girls on the Avenue, I Am an Island, Deep Water, Capricorn Dancer and The Best Years of Our Lives are absolute classics and are part of Australia’s cultural history.
In 2015, Richard was invited to join his longtime friend and producer Mark Moffatt in Nashville to record a new album, which became The House of Orange, his 20th album set for release on Friday, 8 April 2016
Moffatt, an expat originally from Brisbane who moved to Nashville over 20 years ago, worked with Richard on early albums when they were both linked via Australia’s foremost indie label at the time, Festival Records. After staying in touch in the ensuing years, Moffatt urged Richard to head over and make an album that focused on Clapton’s fine songwriting skills as well as tapping into the musical pedigree of the Nashville ‘Americana’ scene that has become so dominant there. Moffatt is on the board of the Americana Music Association and is one of the programmers of the yearly Americana Festival.
Richard received fantastic support from his fans through a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds necessary to enable him to record in Nashville. After two solid months working on the album in the US, The House of Orange is set for release on Friday, 8 April 2016 through MGM Distribution.
The first single from The House of Orange, Something About You, is classic Clapton. Richard explained, “I wrote this song just jamming along by myself. It’s just a no–brainer, a fun rocker that is just that – fun!”
The album includes a range of Clapton songs. Some will be familiar – like Hearts on the Nightline – all produced and handpicked by Moffatt. Each track has a fresh and energised sound resulting from sessions utilising the skills of gun players including Dan Dugmore (Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks and Linda Ronstadt), David Labruyere (John Mayer) and some of Nashville’s finest musicians.
One of the standout new songs, Carry Me Home, is one Richard collaborated on with his daughter Saskia – a musician currently living in Liverpool UK.
Many of the songs on the album are topical and relate directly to the socio – political landscape of our times. Moffatt and Clapton both felt this to be appropriate for an album recorded in 2016, but there is also a good balance of Richard’s trademark songs from the heart.
After all these years Clapton is still making music from the heart and may well have recorded his finest album yet.
Something About You is available now on iTunes
The House of Orange is released on Friday 8 April 2016
through MGM Distribution
RICHARD CLAPTON – THE HOUSE OF ORANGE (2016)
Release Date: 8th April 2016
℗ 2016 MGM Distribution
- Something About You
- Here Inside of Me
- Stay With Me
- Carry Me Home
- Liberty Bell
- Shine A Light
- Strings and Wood
- Some Sunny Day
- Steppin’ Across the Line
- Real Life
- Keep Your Blue Eyes Wide Open
- Hearts on the Nightline
This albums namesake has obviously had an profound effect on our home grown musical icon during the production of his 20th album. The harmonic history that must have oozed from the very walls of the structure have evidently created the perfect retreat for Richard, allowing him to assemble The House Of Orange. A collection of contemporary tales, but one and all interspersed with his tremendous musical skill and experience, fittingly resulting in his very finest work. This is a truly sensational musical journey. One that will fill loyal followers with a feeling of profound pride and vindication, but also sure to attract a new generation of fans to musical finery.
The tracks contained within this collection are literally littered with reminders of the Richard Clapton rich history we enjoy in Australia, and after 20 albums, an appropriate aide-mémoire of the impact he has had upon our lives.
Something About You opens the collection in absolute rock fun perfection, typical of this tremendous man of musical creation, albeit joined this time by long-time friend and fellow Aussie Mark Moffatt. Can we still call you that after 20 years away Mark? I certainly hope that we here in Australia can still lay claim to a producer and musical protagonist of such mastery.
Here Inside Of Me is bursting at the seams with that archetypical Nashville branding, but the moment Richard lays down the vocal regalia to the music, he makes it all his own. This track demonstrates the exact qualities that has been the influence for so many musicians, musically, lyrically and vocally. Just superb.
Stay With Me highlights that uniquely Clapton bluesy influence right down to the dashes of husky delivery we have enjoyed for so very long. Slow, wistful and melancholic. Just the way we like it.
Carry Me Home alters the pace yet again and is sweetly demonstrative of the musical diversity celebrated over an astounding career that began from a solo recording perspective with Prussian Blue back in 1973.
Liberty Bell carries all the American musical influence you would expect for a track carrying such an august title and the lyrical content of empowerment synonymous with its namesake. Musically this track is astounding. The slide guitar accompanied so sensationally, acoustically, electrically and percussively. I promise you will get more from this sensational track each and every time you hear it.
Shine A Light is a tremendously emotional dissertation with vocal and incredible vocal and musical hooks scattered throughout so carefully that you will have remarkable difficulty moving on without a subsequent listen. A brilliant mid collection reminder that this is indeed, the culmination of an astounding career re-experienced in an assembly of majestic tracks, his finest, that will be difficult to ever better.
Strings And Wood is such an apt title to a track so very organic in musical nature, just before Some Sunny Day will send your heart soaring either by the content, or the familiar notes of yesteryear sung to perfection by Richard. The references to his past catalogue will only be limited by the nuances of your listening mood, as Richard shares his incredible ability to influence your life with his music…then and now.
The influence of Nashville surroundings continues through this brilliant homogenisation of his long serving creativity and then Keep Your Blue Eyes Wide Open provides a distinct rock edge, tantamount to as much a classic as ever before from Richard. Bravura. Try as you may, you will not get this one out of your head for days.
Hearts On The Nightline is a tremendous way to finish this brilliant album, oozing with the sounds of Nashville and synonymous with the creativity of Richard Clapton.
This collection is a brilliant example of the culmination of a man’s vast musical experience and excellence rolled into a flavoursome blending of Oz meets Nashville. Just sensational.
Godsmack, Papa Roach, Nonpoint Sidewaves Announced
Alt metal acts Godsmack and Papa Roach have announced two extra sideshows while they’re in town for Soundwave 2015, and will be playing Sidewaves for Melbourne and Brisbane audiences this February alongside special guests Nonpoint.
Godsmack, Papa Roach and Nonpoint will first play The Forum in Melbourne on Tuesday 24th February followed by a show at The Tivoli in Brisbane on Thursday, 26th February.
Not only do Godsmack have 20 million album sales, three consecutive number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and two decades worth of material to their name, they also have an entire day named after them. To mark the release of their latest record 1000hp, 6th August was last year declared “Godsmack Day” in the city of Boston. They’ll be making their Australian debut on the Soundwave tour.
On the other end, Papa Roach will pack their energetic live show with songs from their new record F.E.A.R.. Speaking to Music Feeds recently, Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix said Papa Roach fans are pretty happy with the album so far.
“The fans there are loving it. We’ve got a lot of really good response from it which is nice because it’s always good when your fan base is feeling the new material.” He also added, “there’s always going to be the fans that are going to be, ‘Well why didn’t you do this, or why didn’t you do that?’ Well, guess what, it’s because I’m doing this, so deal with it.”
Tickets go on sale Thursday 29th January at 9am local time. Tour dates and ticketing information below.
Watch: Papa Roach – Face Everything And Rise