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LOVING JD LOVE
His birth certificate says "David Schofield", but he was
known as Dave Springfield when he found fame in The Ferrets
and Angry Anderson's band Buster Brown. Nowadays, he records
as "JD Love", and he's also known as Georgia Fields' dad.
Whatever you call him, Dave has delivered one of Howzat!'s
favourite 2011 albums, JD Love's Two Days (out now on Only
Blues Music). I was expecting something rough and raw, but
Two Days is all class, like a great John Hiatt record. It
sounds gentle, but these songs will haunt you.
Where did "JD Love" come from? "I used to go to songwriter
nights run by Maryen Cairns with Greg Kernaghan," Dave explains.
"One night, she said, 'JD is on next', and asked if I was
JD. I said yes, and she introduced me. I added 'Love' and
kept it like a band name because I liked the way it sounded."
As the title suggests, the album was recorded in two days,
on tape, with Georgia co-producing, Dave McCluney engineering,
and everyone together in the one room. "Tape is big and
smooth and fuzzy," Dave says. "Digital is smaller, sharper
and not fuzzy. I like the flaws that are inherent in the
magnetic recording process. I wanted to make a late-60s/early-70s-sounding
LP. We recorded and mixed each song in one operation, directly
to two-track tape. No changes possible. And we used no instruments
that weren't around in 1974."
Dave doesn't usually sing a lot - "I usually play guitar
and sing a harmony" - but his striking, relaxed vocal style
is a highlight of the record, especially when he's joined
by Georgia. "When family members sing together, the sound
is special," he says. Is Dave a prolific writer? "I start
a lot of songs," he smiles, "getting them finished is the
real work." Asked to list his three favourite songwriters,
Dave says: "Today it's Holland-Dozier-Holland for writing
Reach Out I'll Be There - a song that can save lives. Tough
and not a bit wussy. Van Morrison for Into The Mystic -
listening to some Van is like being with an old friend;
when you're messed up, he can sort you out. And Hank Williams
for Lost Highway. A song as old as history itself."
JD sings, "Everyone's got something that tears them up inside",
and another song starts, "I wait for the darkness to come".
Does that sum up Dave's writing approach? "I don't know
if it sums it up, but I definitely wanted to make a record
that was a bit moody. I'm interested in the basic stuff
that runs our lives, like freedom, love, happiness and sadness."
Dave also sings, "I am someone who never learns". But when
asked for his biggest musical regret or mistake, he replies,
"There are no mistakes." He also declares, "I'm restless".
Where is home? "I love the road." JD is launching Two Days
with two shows - on Saturday, December 3, from 4pm at the
Edinburgh Castle (with Suzannah Espie), and Sunday, December
4, from 5pm at Pure Pop (with Georgia Fields).
ROSS THE BOSS, STILL CRUISIN'
It pays to plan. The legendary Ross Wilson turned 64 last
week, but is he contemplating retirement? No way! Ross has
even got a gig booked in 2015 - he's part of the Gallipoli
Cruise that will mark the 100th anniversary by retracing
the voyage of the original ANZAC troops. More immediately,
Ross is headlining the 979fm benefit gig at the Corner tonight
CELADORE'S FUTURE IS BRIGHT AND BLUE
In Sydney, the guys slapped a "Celadore" sticker below a
"No Stopping" sign. The headline in the Mildura Weekly stated:
"Celadore's On The Path To Stardom". And The Living End's
Chris Cheney, who produced the band's new EP, The Bright
And Blue, proclaimed: "Celadore are a band to watch … Neil
Finn meets The Bends-era Radiohead meets You Am I. For a
relatively young band, they possess a sense of melody and
a depth to their songwriting that's beyond their years."
Drummer Dave Noordhoff returns the compliment: "Chris was
brilliant to work with. He was assuring, always upbeat and
really pushed us to our limits. The best advice he gave
us was to try every possibility. He also came up with some
interesting dance moves for the outro to Burn Down The Lighthouse.
We'll have to ask him to re-create them if we ever do a
film clip for the song." Celadore launch the EP at Revolver
on Saturday, but we're not sure if you'll be able to snaffle
a Celadore headband. "We actually sold out of our homemade
headbands on our last tour," Dave says, "they were in high
No Aussie singles in the Top 10.
Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE (number 12)
Raining Diamonds RICKI-LEE (19)
Galaxy JESSICA MAUBOY & STAN WALKER (21)
Tim Freedman's solo debut lands at 19.
All For You COLD CHISEL (number seven)
Making Mirrors GOTYE (14)
Fingerprints & Footprints POWDERFINGER (18)
Australian Idle TIM FREEDMAN (19, debut)
Footprints - The Best Of POWDERFINGER (22)
Company BLUEJUICE (23, debut)
Rewiggled VARIOUS (25)
Songs From The Heart MARK VINCENT (31)
The Very Very Best Of CROWDED HOUSE (34)
Requiem THE GETAWAY PLAN (36)
Vows KIMBRA (37)
Falling & Flying 360 (39)
Ultimate Hits LEE KERNAGHAN (40)
Since You're Gone JD LOVE
Kinks In Armour CELADORE
Hell Of A Time ROSS WILSON
Lo-Fi SOPHIE KOH
Girlfriend Heaven TIM FREEDMAN
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