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Last Leaves

Last Leaves

L-R: Noah Symons (drums), Mark Monnone (bass), Marty Donald (guitar, vocals), Louis Richter (guitar)

Say hello to Last Leaves, a new band consisting of three Lucksmiths members — Marty Donald, Mark Monnone and Louis Richter — and Noah Symons of Great Earthquake fame. Busily writing and rehearsing in the Dandenong Ranges, the group has found their sound coming together effortlessly and unhurriedly: at once warm and dynamic, the at-times-complex rhythms woven together by intriguing guitar and bass melodies. And after a two year hiatus, Marty Donald's songwriting pen hasn't run dry of vibrant imagery and despondent wit.

And here's a demo that Marty recorded all on his lonesome:

And here's a word or two from the man himself...

"For a while there after The Lucksmiths bowed out a couple of years ago, I wasn’t too sure what to do with myself. I painted some of the house; I watched all of The Wire. Every so often I picked up my guitar, and — less often — an idea for a song would suggest itself. I was happy enough taking my time, so the songs could gradually find their own distinct character. These were the first songs I wrote after moving to the hills just outside Melbourne a few years ago, in my studio overlooking the treetops and rooftops of the valley below, so I guess it’s not surprising that they largely forsake my familiar inner-suburban milieu for the open spaces beyond — for coastal hamlets, country highways and mountainside motels.

Eventually, when I had maybe half-a-dozen songs finished, I began to consider what to do with them. Mark and Louis and I had spoken about working together again ever since The Lucksmiths split, and I couldn’t imagine not having either of them involved. And Noah Symons — a new friend of mine, who turned out to be the man behind the phenomenal one-man-band Great Earthquake, as well as the man behind the coffee machine in my local cafe — agreed to play drums.

And so Last Leaves came to be. It’s early days, of course, and things are still taking shape, but already the new-found sense of space in the songs’ narratives is reflected in their more expansive and dynamic sound. Hopefully you’ll listen at some stage and see for yourself."

Last Leaves "Debut album" $0 ()