It's with joy that we welcome a beloved member of the Lost and Lonesome extended family to the frontline — Anthony Atkinson has been a close friend and musical collaborator since the mid-90s, playing solo and with his band The Mabels, often alongside fellow Candle Records bands The Simpletons and The Lucksmiths.
Broken Folks is Anthony's new album and, as with his earlier work, displays his uncanny ability to cast new light on everyday lives. The songs, with their roots in the narrative folk/pop tradition (and proudly displaying Anthony’s sociopolitical kinship with Woody Guthrie) would sit comfortably on a mix tape beside The Go-Betweens, The Bats and Paul Kelly.
Broken Folks was produced by Gareth Parton (Lowtide, Foals, Paul Weller) and features polished performances from Anthony's band The Running Mates who were introduced on his previous outing, 2006's Loyalty Songs. Comprising members of The Zebras, Mid-State Orange and The Lucksmiths, the band cook up a formidable sound that ranges from delicate, shimmering, arpeggios and drifting pedal steel to all-out guitar racket.
Broken Folks will be available on CD in all good Australian record stores from October 17, or you can pre-order from us now!
Anthony Atkinson & the Running Mates Broken Folks Album Launch
Saturday October 18 — Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
With guests Machine Translations + Duke Batavia + Amarillo
Lost And Lonesome welcome exciting young Australian quartet Melbourne Cans to the fray, with their irrepressible vinyl-only debut album Moonlight Malaise, to be released on June 13, 2014.
Working with a broad-stroke love for all things pop, Melbourne Cans soup up the girl group swagger of the Shangri-Las and the Crystals with the guitar-centricities of bands like Pavement, Jesus and Mary Chain and even Chris Isaak.
Lead single ‘Final Flight’ is a rush of C-86 crash pop complete with fiery organs and hyperactive, tremmed-out guitars; led by Ian Wallace’s warbled baritone, the song sounds like the holy union of Edwyn Collins fronting Crystal Stilts.
Moonlight Malaise was recorded and mixed in March 2014 by Morgan McWaters and mastered by Mikey Young.
Melbourne Cans Moonlight Malaise Album Launch
Saturday June 14 — Northcote Social Club
With guests Parading + Totally Mild + Ships Piano
Six years since we last heaped praise on them in a press release, one of our all-time favourite bands The Zebras re-emerge and exhale something that closely resembles a killer album.
Siesta is rich with all the jangle, driving bass and sublime hooks that filled their first two albums and 2008’s New Ways of Risking Our Lives EP, but the new album also heralds a considerable leap ahead in The Zebras’ evolution.
On many tracks, lead-Zeb Jeremy Cole has stepped back from the mic and pushed bassist Edwina Ewins’ vocal to the fore among the album’s high-gloss production.
Officially set for release on June 27, pre-orders are now open for the Siesta CD and vinyl (limited edition black and white zebra stripes!). Please note: this is a co-release — USA customers, hit up our good friends Jigsaw Records in Seattle!
The Zebras Australian album launch dates coming soon...