Archive for folk

Rollin’ into Sydney Town

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Rolling Stone have called Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel ‘Australiana-soaked alt-country at its finestThe Wheel have just released a new album produced by Shane O’Mara (Tim Rogers, The Audreys) and are touring it nationally at the moment.

The Rollin’ Wheel was formed in 2008 with older sister Beth Kimber, Jacob Cole, Cat Leahy and Trent McKenzie. Since then they’ve performed extensively across the country including Port Fairy Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festival and last year they toured Canada.

Last week, Evan Hughes interviewed Sal for the Timber and Steel blog (here) including a review of the album. You can get a signed copy of it from JB HI-FI or meet the gorgeous people in person and hear a rocking show!

Saturday 29th October at the Camelot lounge! 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville (corner of – and heaps of parking on – Railway Pde, Marrickville) Directly opposite Sydenham Train Station, a short 2 min stroll away.

Since I’m yet to get my hands on the new album, my favourite track is still Sounds Like Thunder

Yours,

W.H.

Attila the Stockbroker

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Celebrating thirty years of music last year, Attila the Stockbroker (John Baine) was in Australia earlier this year amusing and challenging crowds with his poetry and song. I was introduced to him through David Rovics who talked about touring with him and appreciate his mix of punk attitude and traditional instrumentation. If you haven’t heard him before you should definitely listen to Asylum Seeking Daleks (below).

Assylum Seeking Daleks

And as of today, he has put up two great new tracks. Looters

and Bye Bye Banker!

What do you think?

Yours,

W.H.

Free download of our second single now!

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2011 by Weary Hobo

As you may know our second album will be released next month at The Red Rattler.

The Album launch is on Saturday 17th September and tickets available now on the Sydney Fringe Festival site. To build momentum, last month we released the title track from the album ‘Who’s Got a Padlock and Chain?’ 

To our suprise, a song about locking-on to coal trains stayed in the top ten on the triple j unearthed Roots Charts for weeks and even went to #1!

Today we have released the second single from the album called ‘Passivist‘. This is a new song inspired by Generation X-box. It was partially written in Pirate Studios on the last day of recording and turned out to be one of our favourites from the album. 

Listen for the first time now !

And if you like it, download it now for free at triple j unearthed! It will have more luck in the charts if you give it a review too.

Tell you mates because it is a certainty that this is more Lurkers #1 gold!

W.H.

Bikezilla and other adventures

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Hi Lurkerites,

In this blog we have news from the road!

First stop was Capt. Merkin (Dave Sparks) and Pirate Studios. This time we had Mumma Jones (Mim Jones) recording four tracks with us including a live take of Little Crooked House.

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Check out our video tour diary from Billy Goat Bend in Mitchell River National Park, Victoria.

Second stop BADFolk (Berwick And District Folk Club) Video

Bikezilla!

Third stop Warrandyte Festival where we played to a lovely afternoon crowd lazing by the Yarra River. Highlights of the festival included the engine restoration society and Ducks in The Mud on Sunday.

Coming up next is Open Studio Show – 204 High St, Northcote Friday 25th March at 7pm with Lucy Wise and Ducks in The Mud for the small price of $10/5. And Hepburn Springs Folk Festival with The Woohoo Revue on Saturday 26th March.

Yours lurkfully,

Weary H. and The Lurkers

Pirate Studios

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Hi Lurkers,

After a brief two-hour stop over in Syderlee, The Lurkers continued the wonderful adventure south to Tathra and Pirate Studios with Dave Sparks. In 2010, guitarist Daniel Champagne suggested that we get in touch with Dave because of his great studio. We booked in for five nights and four days with Dave doing the audio engineering.

The attentive Mr Sparks

Working with Dave was a pleasure. His style is carefully attentive and not too gentle – he’ll always go for one more take it he thinks we can get the best take. Dave’s background is in punk and because of this his recording style gets a genuine sound that we are really happy with.

The way we’ve been recording is pretty straight musically where we set up a room mic plus mics on each of the three instruments and just go for it. Some songs take longer than others – there was a memorably epic 28 takes for one song. Normally one f the first few takes are the best.

After recording the backing music the lead vocalist will go and do their take.

After the main vocals are done, then the harmonies and any instruments to put over the top like mandolin or solos.

Occasionally, there are some sound effects to our tracks. The little touches make all the difference.

We didn’t want to waste Dave’s time so we’d practice after he’d gone off to bed. Our working day was nine till ten or eleven with breaks for lunch and dinner. Still by then end of the four days our ears were pretty worn out from concentration and our egos shattered from hearing our own selves back over and over again. Tempers were frayed by the end of each day because recording takes a specific musician – perfectionistic attention to detail. Not The Lurkers, but we work hard to get there.

As expensive, difficult and unrewarding it can be recording is unavoidable for a small independent artist. You’ve got to have something to take on the road and give people. Also, getting played on the radio is a massive help if you’re playing in towns you’ve never been. Community radio will often play your songs and promote your shows getting punters who might buy your cd.

In the end of the four days we had recorded eleven songs and mixed six. We’re going back in March with Mim Jones to help out on fiddle for a few tracks and to record a couple more. We’re aiming now to have the album out in June/July under the working title ‘Padlock and Chain’. Joel Tarling is doing design and art for the package and you can check out his art here.

Yours lurkfully,

Weary H.