Monday, February 8, 2010
The Nilpferd A listers- the rock and pop bands.
Sepia tones suit the mood of The Go-betweens' streets of your town. I grew up across the Tasman from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne but these townscapes are still very familiar.
The Church - Ripple
The Chills - Ghosts
Ruby Suns - Tane Mahuta
Go-betweens - Streets of your town
U2 - With or without you
Nearly all from down under- and for the sake of completeness I'm tempted to claim U2 as an antipodean band, given the NZ associations of The Joshua Tree- the album was dedicated to kiwi roadie Greg Caroll, who died in an accident shortly before the album was recorded.
Ripple's ringing guitars, married with Steve Kilby's languidly sneering character assassination, perfectly capture the ideal Australasian indie sound, while Martin Phillip's Ghosts has a surprisingly folky tinge on its way to spiritual bliss, conjuring up abandoned settlements and the spectres of shattered families.
Streets of your town combines nostalgia with neglect, the rosy tint of memory blighted by a sinister undertone of violence and decay.
I owe a nod to Blimpy for bringing the Ruby Suns to my attention- Tane Mahuta certainly conjured up the eponymous god for us on our way through his dazzling back yard a year ago- and With or without you is for me the one true moment of genius by the much maligned Dubliners, a structurally perfect song.