NEWCASTLE rock band dave hope to attract record label interest after returning from the US with their debut album, Slob Stories.
The 10 tracks were recorded over four days in the Chicago studio of producer Steve Albini, who famously worked on Nirvana’s In Utero and with The Pixies, The Dirty Three and Veruca Salt.
The album is currently being mastered in the US and takes its name from a comical slip of the tongue by drummer Gabriel Argiris.
“I thought we might have to settle for eight or nine songs, but we got it all done and it was better than I thought it was going to be, to be honest,” dave frontman Noah Church said.
“I didn’t know how we’d be working with him [Albini]. I’d heard all the stories. He was so nice and had no ego at all and it turned out exactly how we wanted.”
Church was amazed by Albini’s work ethic, which included recording the album in a 12-hour session. Church said it resulted in dave’s most genuine recording yet.
“It’s really raw and live and that’s what we wanted to do and why we went there,” he said.
Dave made the most of their first international trip by playing two shows at Phyllis’ Musical Inn in Chicago and one at the Pine Box Rock Shop in Brooklyn, New York.
Phyllis’ Musical Inn became the quasi dave home base during the trip and after giving out CDs at the first show many of the same punters returned for the second show singing along to their songs.
PLEASURE OR PAIN?
A LARGE portion of music fans reacted negatively to news on Monday that legendary Australian rock band, Divinyls, will reform this summer five years after the death of iconic frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett.
The national tour will include a headline appearance at Newcastle’s Live At The Foreshore music festival on March 16.
Many expressed the sentiment “no Chrissy, no Divinyls”, which is hard to argue against given Amphlett’s status as arguably Australia’s greatest ever rock frontwoman.
Divinyls guitarist, founding member and songwriter, Mark McEntree, will relaunch the new line-up with American Lauren Ruth Ward on lead vocals. Original Blondie guitarist and one-time Divinyls member Frank Infante, and ex-Sleepy Jackson drummer Malcolm Clarke and bassist J Cortez complete the new line-up.
Divinyls were one of the most successful Australian bands of the ’80s and early ’90s, recording classics like Boys In Town, Science Fiction, Pleasure and Pain, Back To The Wall and the US No.2 smash I Touch Myself.
Amphlett died in 2013 aged 53 from breast cancer, four years after the Divinyls last performance.
BELINDA OFF SHORE
WHILE Mark McEntree’s rebooted Divinyls are a headline act at Live At The Foreshore, US ’80s pop star Belinda Carlisle was originally planned to share top billing.
The Heaven Is A Place On Earth and Summer Rain hit-maker withdrew before the initial line-up was announced, instead leaving Kate Ceberano, Leo Sayer and Marcia Hines as the co-headliners.
Never fear, you can still catch Carlisle’s own show at Wests New Lambton on March 5.
SWAMP blues act Hat Fitz & Cara are bringing their raucous energy and charismatic showmanship to the Stag and Hunter Hotel on February 14. The husband and wife team are preparing to release their fifth album Hand It Over during the summer.
IF you missed The Church’s 30-year anniversary show for Starfish at Wests NEX on November 24, you’ll get another opportunity in January to hear their classic brand of jangle rock.
Steve Kilbey and the gang were added to new festival By The C this week, which is scheduled for the Newcastle Foreshore on January 19.