Monday, February 9, 2015
Antipodean Week...Day One
The Lucksmiths hailed from Melbourne, Australia and released their first record on the Candle label back in 1993, although it could easily have been released ten years earlier as their sound is not dissimilar to fellow Aussies, The Go Betweens. I only recently came across The Lucksmiths but when I saw that their influences included The Smiths, Orange Juice and The Trashcan Sinatras I had a feeling that they might be right up my street, and they are. There are also shades of C86 and some of the music on Sarah Records on many of their songs. Over the course of their sixteen years together they released nine studio albums of melodic, intelligent pop music that reminds you of why you fell in love with music in the first place. I haven't heard all nine studio albums but can vouch for the greatness of their seventh album, Warmer Corners. Twelve tracks of great songwriting, impeccable melodies and jangly guitars. What more do you need ?
Sunlight In A Jar
As a bonus track today here is a song from their 2003 album Naturaliste that gives you some idea of what big fans they were of a certain Manchester four piece. The song's title may give it away. Includes the wonderful couplet...
"I've woken up on one too many floors
But my favourite was yours"
There Is A Boy That Never Goes Out