January 9, 2019

Something about the concept of two people pushing a piano across country brings out the best in people. Maybe because it makes the cliche of the struggling artist tangible. Maybe because passersby are a little bit tickled by absurd, and the sight of a piano in a paddoc...

November 27, 2018

Good Musicians + Good Food = Good Session. Or even crap food will do. Just some good old, crap, free food.

When hiring out a studio and hosting a recording session, it is good studio etiquette to provide snacks. Buying snacks is an investment into your band’s sense of w...

April 9, 2018

Recording studios are pretty surreal environments. They are generally windowless (excepting the airy, beastie-infested Firefly Studios), isolated and sound proofed (so no on

e can hear you scream in frustration when Protools crashes for the 100th time that day). Working...

April 9, 2018

As performers, there is a degree of exhibitionism to what we do. Maybe a few degrees (I once saw Hughie sit down in an audience member’s lap mid-song, the saucy bugger). You get up on stage and you try to win people over, and if you’re good at what you do, like Hughie...

February 20, 2018

“Simple piano-vocal arrangements.” we said.

 “Done by Christmas.” we said.

Well, the songs had different plans. No sooner had we laid out our piano and vocal tracks than the songs started calling for a lazy backbeat, hinting at a suave guitar lick or the hum of a B3 orga...

January 11, 2018

Driving through Werris Creek we happened upon the crumbling façade of the The Signal Guesthouse. We had to play there. With some trepidation I called the number next to the door, thinking that the proprieter would send me packing with my bizarre request. “Beryl” greete...

October 11, 2017

This is me, taking a break. On a fence. As you do.

Hugh is also on a break, but I made him take this photo of me anyway.

It was a slow day in the studio, the kind of day when writing a melody or arranging a bridge feels like grabbing at a plume of smoke with your bare ha...

October 11, 2017

When Hughie and I first started talking about writing this album together, we both wanted overturn to concept of art as something that had to be made in a studio, shut away and laboured over until it was deemed finished and presentable to the outside world. When writin...

October 4, 2017

When it's 36 degrees in the shade... and it's only 9am... you get to work early. The cicadas are like an unruly children's choir and find their way onto every vocal take, whether the windows are open or not.

So its back to pen and paper, and by the time Hugh's cup of co...

October 4, 2017

 There comes a time... in the writing of an album... and the booking of a tour... when gathering some promotional imagery becomes an excellent idea. So you dress up in your sharpest waistcoat (me) and borrow a dress (Hugh) and faff around in front of a camera....

Please reload