Getting closer to our album launch - officially, it'll be available on all platforms at of THURSDAY OCTOBER 10 and is available now as a CD order or immediate download via our site.
Here's a link for the all new video for the final song on our album; "When I Was Seventeen". We tried it as a full band song with a country and western feel, but producer Luke Yeoward said "listen to this" and banged on a 45 of Billy Bragg's "Old Clash Fan Fight Song" and stated: "this is the way you do it"! Solo, just me and an electric guitar. Done. It's rough and I hope, a little heart felt. It reflects on my growing up in a number of small towns: Moulamein, Orbost and Corowa, but focuses on that all important coming of age time at 17. At this point I had become a very square peg in the round hole of country towns!.I had my ears pierced when hardly anyone else had, I wore different clothes and a different hairdo. When you don't fit in in small towns, the taunting is never ending and the physical threats always looming. Those blokes that seemed so angry at me (why?!), caught up with me a number of times, often removing the choice of fight or flight. You do what you gotta do, but often I was out numbered and generally, the guys who came at me were older and bigger.
Around this time, music was fast becoming my main passion and fortunately, I had a small group of friends who were similarly minded.The river was a constant, especially in summer. Drinking in parks was a regular, til my parents threw their hands up and implored me to bring everyone to our house instead (cool!). Parties became safe if I hosted and of course, I could soundtrack them with my records!
But, by 17, I couldn't wait to get the hell out of town! There had to be a place where people were more broad minded. It took me til the age of 20 to find that place and a larger group of people to accept me. Here's a photo from that happy time...so much hair and tattooless skin!
Anyway, the "When I Was Seventeen" video includes footage shot by me in Corowa, where the action of the song takes place. The filming at home is based on the Springsteen video, "Brilliant Disguise" and was shot by DJ Larrabee, who also edited the finished product. He'll also be DJing our launch at the Commercial Hotel on Friday October 11. "When I Was Seventeen" is fitting closer for the album, not political like the rest of the songs, but ,I suppose and insight into what drew me to the music of misfits!
'Til next time,