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The album is called Quay of Sea. The latest single is called
Vacant Sea. Deserters obviously like to go overboard when
it comes to sea references. "I am certainly one for a play
on words, that's all it is, really," singer Luke Thomas
laughs. "Only pure coincidence that those titles both ended
in sea." This is Deserters second album, following their
2009 debut, Pale Morning. But Luke says it was more plain
sailing than "the difficult second album". "It was recorded
over a long stretch of time, which is how we prefer to do
it. It's a labour of love because it's not necessary for
us to rush things. In the midst of it all, my first child
was born, so I took a few months off to enjoy fatherhood."
When we first saw Luke, at the end of the '90s, he was a
member of Brisbane band Lavish. Fronted by his brother Nathan,
Lavish signed to Festival and released an album called Polaroid.
The new album reunites the Thomas brothers - they wrote
one of the standout tracks, Stars Burn. "We haven't written
together for a very long time," Luke says. "Life gets in
the way and all that, but I'm sure we'll do something together
again. It's in the blood." Quay of Sea (on Popboomerang
Records) is filled with sparkling songs and vivid imagery.
What's Luke's favourite line on the record? "It's hard to
choose something you've written yourself, but I do like
the simplicity and visual imagery of my brother's lyrics
in the Stars Burn chorus: 'The stars burn brighter in the
rain, and the river runs deeper every day.'" Deserters launch
Quay of Sea at the Empress on Saturday.
The Deserters album features a song called Thirty. Luke
Thomas sings about growing old, declaring, "Thirty's just
a number." But it's a very impressive number when it comes
to record labels. Not many of 'em survive three decades.
John Needham's Citadel Records - which has been home to
some remarkable bands, including Died Pretty, The Stems
and The Lime Spiders - is doing a special 30th anniversary
gig at the Caravan Club on Friday, with The Domnicks, Deniz
Tek and Penny Ikinger.
Sarah Humphreys has delivered one of 2012's most delightful
records. Hello (on ABC Music) had Howzat! thinking of Angie
Hart and Georgia Fields. It's cute, but not too cute; these
are pop songs with depth. Sarah, from NSW's Central Coast,
wrote some of the songs with Paul Andrews, the singer from
our favourite Sydney band, Lazy Susan. They had never met
when they collaborated - they hadn't even spoken on the
phone. Via email, they crafted four classic songs - Boy
Ghost, Why Don't We Just Stay Home, I Don't Have To Try
and Looking For A Face. "The great thing about writing songs
via email - basically just sending bits of half-finished
songs or lyrics to another person to see what they can make
of them - is you take the pressure off," Paul says. "There's
none of that 'oh, we're sitting in a room together, what
if we can't come up with something?' And you remove any
feelings of being self-conscious." Sarah and Paul finally
met when he turned up to Sarah's Sydney launch. Paul was
already a huge fan. "At the risk of embarrassing Sarah,
I think she's truly an exceptional talent. She has one of
the best voices I've ever heard and her songwriting abilities
flabbergast me. But don't take my word for it - my four-year-old,
Daniel, says Sarah is 'the greatest singer in the world'.
Who am I to argue!" Sarah says Hello this week, playing
Wesley Anne on Friday, and Pure Pop (5pm) and the Elwood
Lounge on Saturday.
After being under a rock for nearly 20 years, Nick Barker
and The Reptiles have released their first new music since
the 1992 EP, Loose. The single, Bend Not Break, shows the
Reptiles as they always wanted to be - a blistering bar
band. "I wrote it about four months ago," Nick tells Howzat!
"Mushroom wanted me to write with Adam Eckersley, so I gave
it to him and he wrote a few lyrics. Then I played it to
the band and from the first minute it was great." As for
the reunion, Nick says, "There's no grand plan … it just
seems like a real resolution on what was a nutty, confusing,
crazy portion of our youth." If you caught The Reptiles
at the Wheelers Hill Hotel earlier this year, you know they
can still rock. They launch Bend Not Break at Cherry on
Saturday, with special guest Dave "Larko" Larkin.
A Top 10 debut for Delta's new single.
Battle Scars GUY SEBASTIAN (number three)
Wish You Were Here DELTA GOODREM (seven, debut)
Rock Star REECE MASTIN (16)
Boom Boom JUSTICE CREW (24)
Guy Sebastian can't end Pink's reign.
Armageddon GUY SEBASTIAN (number two, debut)
Bless This Mess LISA MITCHELL (seven, debut)
The Sapphires soundtrack (eight)
Lonerism TAME IMPALA (12)
Smokey's Haunt URTHBOY (14, debut)
The Rubens THE RUBENS (17)
Leave Your Soul To Science SOMETHING FOR KATE (29)
Museum BALL PARK MUSIC (33)
Falling & Flying 360 (34)
The Temper Trap THE TEMPER TRAP (35)
All For You COLD CHISEL (36)
Follow The Sun EVERMORE (40, debut)
Looking For A Face SARAH HUMPHREYS
Bend Not Break NICK BARKER AND THE REPTILES
For My Help HAYDEN CALNIN
Rare Bird CHARLES JENKINS
And I'll Sleep Tonight DESERTERS