Artist Spotlight: The Skulx

Written for Tonight At Dawn by @KralTunes

Typically, A seven second video of wailing guitar, pounding drums, and an ear-piercing scream is not worth getting too excited about.  However, when those seven seconds are the world’s introduction to the Foxy Shazam/Cadaver Dogs collaboration known as The Skulx, even this minimalist offering is enough to make fans of their respective bands’ (and good music in general) restless with anticipation.

Within their preceding factions, Alex Nauth (Foxy Shazam), Mathew Franklin and Lex Vegas (Cadaver Dogs) have been creating soaring anthems packed with limitless energy and boundless creativity for over a decade.  Unifying their unique talents  can only make for a truly wild and unpredictable listening experience!  The first track, ‘Do What You Do‘ (released last week), is proof of that seemingly exaggerated claim.  To further whet those appetites, the debut album (due for release later in 2015) will also sport a slew of guests, including members of Slash & The Conspirators, Bad Rabbits, and Larry & His Flask.

Sadly, little more about the group is known at this time (one could say this Ohio threesome are as elusive as an NBA title in Cleveland).

However, the trio agreed to humor me and answer seven prying questions; one question for each second of their initial video (how clever am I?!)

Read the complete transcript below:

 

KralTunes:  First question…What the hell is a Skulx?!

Alex Nauth: The Skulx isn’t so much a who as it is a where. There are times for everyone where you get “down in the dumps” or “on the skids” and as hard as it may be to recognize when you’re “in the thick of it”, these times can be the most enlightening. Times where you have to pull yourself up, or get out, or move on, these moments force us to make changes and find qualities in ourselves we never knew existed. The Skulx to us stands for that place and the great things that can come from dark times.

KT: For those uninitiated, let’s get to know the band, Alex Trabeck-syle. I’ll walk from podium to podium and ask each band member where they’re from and to reveal some tidbit about themselves. Any interesting factoid will do.

My name is Alex Nauth and I can fart the entire alphabet.

My name is Lex Vegas and I’ve had my mouth on things in (almost) every state.

My name is Mathew Franklin and I’m fully self-actualized.

They appear to be big fans of each others' faces.
They appear to be big fans of each others’ faces.

KT: Can fans expect this new album to be an amalgamation of Foxy Shazam and Cadaver Dogs’ style and sound, or will this be an entirely different beast?

AN: The three of us have made tons of music together in the past before we were a part of either of those bands. What’s been amazing about this ride so far is that The Skulx is a culmination of all those bands and friends spanning over 10 years now. It’s our histories, together and separate, along with many friends/musicians from incredible bands we’ve had the honor of playing with that make this upcoming record what it is. It’s something larger than anything we’ve been a part of before.

 

KT: How did the three of you come to form this group? Was it something you talked about doing for a long time? Spontaneous?

LV: Not so much talked about as supernaturally understood. We all saw the Skulx signal and answered the call.

KT: The trio seems to be big into art (that’s the vibe I get from stalking all your Instagrams, at least).  Other than music, what are some mediums the band members dabble in, and can fans see, or expect to see, some of your works publicly?

MF: All of us are extremely creative, it’s never been forced, just flows out like the Nile. I actually have been a painter for years, got some art degrees, and am a tattoo artist. You can see my work all over my social media and ingrained into everything we put out. So yes we are into art. It’s rare to hear a band anymore and not have some visual to put with it. That’s why we say dress for the job you want. We want to melt your face off so expect us all to be in welding masks live.

KT: When can we expect to see the release of this highly anticipated album, and will there be touring in the future?

LV: Album and shows will definitely be happening, if we don’t die trying we’ll keep trying until we die.

AN: And we should probably die around August or September so expect it around then. We’re not cruel though, some music is going to be released in the next coming weeks so everyone knows what they’re getting themselves into.

KT: Finally, both of your bands (Foxy Shazam in particular) are without doubt some of the more ‘vigorously active’ groups in rock and roll (particularly Mr. Nauth). Have any of you sustained notable injuries due to your acrobatics?

AN: Oooooh yeah. I’ll start and say that I’ve had too many to count, black eyes, split lips, and forehead or body chunks taken out by flailing limbs, instruments, or just by letting the demons out on each other on stage. The worst is when I pretty much broke my ankle and had to finish the rest of a tour while half standing with my knee on a stool every night.

LV: I’ve chipped a few fangs on drumsticks and I bleeding constantly but usually its the stage that leaves hurting.

MF: In my case I tend to break my body post show. Whether jumping off balconies or trying to convince a crowd of people I can do a front flip… I always wake up in a pool of blood.

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Artist Spotlight: Sky White, Founder of Wendigo Tea

Interview conducted by @KralTunes

Question:  What does the member of an alternative, glam, post hardcore, hard rock band do to occupy his time when said band decides it’s time to pause?! If you’re Foxy Shazam’s Sky White, you become an importer/exporter in the fine tea biz. I needed a conversation with the ‘Art Vandelay’ of tea.

Frustrated with tea shops and vendors that routinely price gouge their customers, Sky started to buy tea straight from overseas sources.  The problem? When ordering tea from exporters overseas, you have to order quantities that are “not suitable for the average private consumer”.  Thus, like anyone else would, Sky’s solution was to establish a business. He asserts that Wendigo offers a square deal on tea that “beats the world’s most strict organic standards or complies with EU regulations which have much more strict pesticide control standards than the US”.

Not only does Wendigo Tea offer some of the best tea that I’ve ever tasted, but he is spicing up the centuries old biz by developing a line of fine tea leaves named after world-famous cryptid beings (e.g. Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster)!  Sky White graciously took time to share his love of tea and he company he has created.

 

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Sky White, Founder of Wendigo Tea

 

KralTunes: What’s the more glamorous lifestyle, hard rocker or tea importer/exporter?

Sky White: I’d have to say tea importing is more glamorous mainly because there is no way to have a pile of rock dudes working hard all day on tour and have it not smell real bad. Also the usual way that people want to show appreciation for musicians they like is buying them a drink… As CEO of Wendigo Tea Co. I get tea sent across the planet packaged in what looks like an ancient scroll from a farmer talking about how this tea has never been on American soil and that his family has been guarding these tea trees for a thousand years.
KT: I am a big fan of tea, (green tea, specifically).  I first got into green tea on a trip to Japan several years back (couldn’t stand it at first…the real, unsweetened deal is certainly is an acquired taste).  That trip really opened my eyes to the world of green tea and the variety and complexity behind it.  When did you realize that tea was your go-to beverage?

SW: I may have a cup of some nice coffee once a month but made a pretty strong transition to tea about 10 years ago. Not sure if it is a coincident or not but that was the same time Foxy started heavily touring.

I’m jealous of your trip to Japan. I have to get so much stuff shipped here to try to find the best available from a region. I tried maybe 100 different high-end Japanese green teas before finding my Wendigo Green Tea. KT:  Speaking about the tea, the free stuff they give guests in the hotel rooms is 10X better than any store-bought brand here in the U.S.  Just sayin’.

KT: To quote you from your ABOUT page:

Most American tea drinkers LOVE TEA but don’t know that America is the dumping ground of the world’s bad tea. Many store-bought tea bags are filled with ground-up old, bad, or dead bits that fall off of the good tea leaves, then are scented or flavored with fruit or herbs to improve the taste.

Why do you think America is the dumping ground for the worlds bad tea? From my experiences, people do find it arduous to have to seek out quality products and would rather settle for the inexpensive alternative.

SW: There are a ton of reasons that help explain why we have poor taste in tea. One of the biggest is our geography. We happen to be on the exact opposite side of the planet of where most of the world’s tea has always been produced. And until very recently, it had to be heavily oxidized or fermented as to not spoil before it gets here. You just would never do that with a good tea. So there was no way to avoid that bitter taste for generations unless you overpowered it with some sort of scenting or flavoring.

As for modern times, we can get the best tea in the world shipped here in a few days but it for some reason is still appealing to most people to buy really bad tea that has been flavored with flowers, extracts, and chemicals. I can order from China a garbage bag of the stuff that fills your tea bags for a few bucks. But never would because it doesn’t deserve to be anywhere but in that above stated garbage bag.  

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Wendigo Tea Sampler Art: Matthew Franklin

KT: I notice you regularly use mason jars for drinking tea. Are mason jars the optimal tea drinking vessel, or is it a personal preference?

SW: Yes there are proper size and shape tea cups. But I disagree with all of that so do the opposite. I like my tea to cool quickly so the large amount of glass of a mason jar lets more heat escape so I can get that delicious tea into my body faster. Tea cups are thin and delicate so the liquid stays hot as long as possible.

KT:  For me, A good green tea goes a long way.  What is the ultimate, most enjoyable tea leaf for your money?

SW: Honestly my Wendigo Green Tea is my favorite tea on the planet right now. I just tried a Japanese green tea that is 10x as expensive as it and don’t think it came anywhere close to being as enjoyable. I love the grassy taste of Japanese green teas but sometimes you get the “kelpy” taste in there too with a fine leaf tea. I enjoy Wendigo Green Tea so much because it has none of the unwanted flavors ( unless you brew it weird) and also has an unusual amount of natural sweetness. 

KT: Lets see if you can help me with this one. My local tea shop is run by a great guy, who offers a wide variety of tea leaves. As I was perusing the current tea catalog, I noticed a green tea (Uji Superior Gyokuro) that was priced at over $50 per 100 g. Now I like my green tea, but $50 for a few leaves!?! Im not asking if he is ripping me off or anything, but can tea really be that pricey and worth the money?

SW: I have had that kind of Uji Gyokuro, or at least one very similar, and it was pretty darn good. With tea I always say just go for it and see what it is like.

That example right there is one of the main reasons why I started this company though. I am sure that this tea place has 100 or so teas right? (KT: you would be correct) That makes a lot of shipping costs for the business and with that many to deal with it becomes easier to deal with american wholesale companies rather than import from each specific area. Which will double the cost of tea to the consumer. The business model for a tea shop really works a lot better for carrying many different kinds of relatively cheap teas. Otherwise if your one ridiculously high-grade thing doesn’t sell such as that Gyokuro you might end up eating a multiple thousand dollar loss or be forced to sell it long past when it is at its freshest. I bet I could nearly half that price if I were to get that exact tea just because of the difference in our business models. I only carry very good tea because there are so few people selling it because most business models don’t work well with them. But mine does…

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Bigfoot Black Tea Art: Matthew Franklin

KT: As of now, you deal primarily with a small handful of teas. Do you hope to branch out with more of a selection? Any future products/teas coming soon? How do you decide which type of tea leaves to work with? Is it a long process?

SW: I only want to sell something if it is special. I don’t see myself carrying more than a dozen or so teas. The goal is to find, in my opinion, the best of every kind of tea and then a few just super unique or interesting finds along the way. I tend to fall in love with teas that have a natural sweetness and a complex flavor a bit different those of similar styles. I’m about to put in an order for some samples of stuff that I didn’t even know existed and seems like no one on the internet has heard about either… 

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Nessy Jasmine Tea Art: Matthew Franklin

 

KT: Now, being a fan of Foxy Shazam, I had to at least ask one question, as I may never have this opportunity again.  You probably have been asked countless times, but fuck it..you guys are on a bit of a break at the moment.  Is there a future for Foxy Shazam (if the answer is not what I am anticipating, feel free to lie to my face and tell me everything will be alright).

SW: We think so.  

KT: Short, sweet, and under 4 syllables.  For now, I’ll take it!

 

 

 

 

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Artist Spotlight: Wyldlife

Interview conducted by    @KralTunes The boys of New York’s WYLDLIFE are in the midst of a personal revival.  After being sidelined for close to a year, the band has just released some new material, (It’s Called) Rock ‘n’ Roll, and are gearing up for a major run in the next year.  Before heading south to record their new album, vocalist Dave Feldman was awesome enough to talk to me about the highs and lows of the rock and roll life, some of his best (and worst) memories on the road, and some time traveling hijinks. a2015757904_10 KralTunes:  (Typical question I am sure you’ve heard ad nauseam)  Do the boys in the band WYLDLIFE actually live up to what the name implies, or are you all simple happy little homemakers when the lights are turned off?

Dave Feldman: Well, I don’t know about a homemaker. We all keep are heads on our shoulders, I’ll say that. We have vices, but we keep them in check. We have paychecks coming in for the most part so we’re not starving. When we’re on the road, we definitely turn into a whole different animal. A party animal, if you will.

KT:  Lets get some basics out-of-the-way.  How did you guys come together as a group?  Have you been playing together for a long time?

DF: Spencer (bass) and Sam (lead guitar, also only guitar) went to college together, as did our old drummer, Russ. I had been playing with Sam in high school so we just wanted to keep it going. Back then, I would go up to Purchase nearly every weekend, practice, play shows, look for some strange, mooch off everybody’s meal cards, and go home. Now we got Stevie in the band on drums, he’s a couple years older but looks maybe 8 years younger. He’s a killer drummer, but he’s also just a really sweet, soft-spoken guy.

KT: You recently returned after a “nearly a year-long hiatus between drummers” with an exciting new 7” vinyl, (It’s Called) Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Was it difficult for the band to be on such an extended break for this long?  For some bands, such breaks can go either way: (A)  Its torture, (B)  It was a chance to step back and reflect on our body of work and perhaps make necessary adjustments to future success (sorry for the philosophy) Where do you guys lean, or is there an option C I am not taking into consideration?

DF: Yeah, the last year since Russ left was really hard on everyone. It was so tormenting to want to be playing, wanting to be recording, wanting to tour and to not be able to do it just because I was at the mercy of a terrible situation. And for me, this is all I want to do in life. And for so long I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen again, or if the whole thing was going to disintegrate. I got around to thinking about killing myself, especially around the winter time. That’s not really something I’ve talked about with too many people, but whatever. For about a year, I basically had my terrible day job that I would come home to every day and that was it. That song “Saturday Night” became totally true for me and it was really bad. We had two songs that we recorded in June (that just came out) but we weren’t doing anything with it. I didn’t even like going to shows or seeing my friends bands anymore because it just made me a really bitter and sad person. Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t kill myself because it’s looking good now. The one thing that we were able to do was write a ton of new material, even if it meant we weren’t playing it out, but now we have Stevie on board, we’re recording this album next month and it’s gonna be a ripper. Then I just want to be on tour forever if I can.

KT:  The bands image portrayed through your videos and various photos I’ve seen is one of beer swilling ruffians, and does not seem to fit into the current ‘pop-punk’ landscape.  (most people think of this 5SOS band when talking about punk rock, for Gods sake)!   Do you see yourselves as outliers of the current scene? Are you products of a bygone era?

DF: I think WYLDLIFE may actually be the most outlier-type band right now, only because we are too rough around the edges for a major label (which is fine for me) but we are too slick and good-looking for a Burger Records or Slovenly or Hozac. That kinda sucks because those are my favorite bands right now, Barreracudas, Dinos Boys, Shocked Minds, Dirty Fences, Bad Sports, etc. But I think that huge amount of admiration and appreciation for those bands is most likely not reciprocated from their audiences to us. We’re caught in this fucked place, sonically and visually, but whatever. At the end of the day I just want to drink Bud Lite Lime and make music we like. Our fans will get it, and if some other people get it, that’s cool too.

KT:  Songs like “ Cowboys and Slutz” and “The First Time’s The Worst” off of The Time Has Come To Rock & Roll appear to be written from a first person account.  Do you pull from real life experiences for the lyrical content of your music?

DF: Yeah of course. The title for Cowboys and Slutz actually came from this Cowboys and Nava-hoes party we went to one time. It sounds fratty as fuck, but I swear to god it was insane. Loose woman dressed as Native Americans, Jesus Christ… The funny thing about both of those songs are that their both about teenage girls. They sound totally different but for “Cowboys” I guess we were going for like an AC/DC or Motley Crue thing, and then “The First Time’s the Worst” was just lyrically going for a song The Raspberries might have written. Those two weren’t about anybody specific, but a lot of our songs are. Mostly ex-girlfriends and knuckleheads I see around the city.

KT:  I’m sure you’ve been asked about your favorite spots to play…whats the worst venue you have ever played in?  Was the experience so vile that no amount of $$$ would convince you to return?

DF: I won’t name names but people can ask me in person. Hamtramck, MI was fucking terrible. We did a show with The No Tomorrow Boys and at the end of the night they offered us $10 between both of our groups because “they had to pay the light guy.” You can’t even get high for $10 dollars. There was a show in Kansas City that was so fucked, there was just negative energy that night following us. We almost got into two separate fist fights, one with a group of local dickheads, another with a drunk guy in the parking lot who told us “You don’t know how much money I make, you’ll never make 300 dollars a week in your life.” There was also a massive thunder and lightning storm that night. It was awesome. Also there was a spot in Winchester, VA where we didn’t get paid, we ran our own sound, and without any sympathy we’re just like, “also your bar tab is 50 bucks between the four of you” so we Blues Brothers’d the fuck outta there.

KT:  Follow up: Are there areas of the country/world that you are super excited to get back to on future tours, and why?

DF: Yeah absolutely. Too many to name. Definitely looking forward to going back to FYWROK. Atlanta, Milwaukee, Chicago, definitely looking forward to playing Denver some time in the future, hit the West Coast. All that good stuff! If anybody wants us to come to your town, get at us!

KT:  So body ink seems to be a favorite pastime amongst the boys in the band.   Any of you have tattoos that you regret getting years (or the next morning) later?

DF: I mean, I got a Misfits tattoo lasered off. I coulda lived with it, but really I was just bored and could afford something else. Oh well.

KT:  If you had to rank your wyldest (see what I did there) touring moments (on stage or off), what would the top 3 be?

DF: There are too many and all quite blurry. In no order: Milwaukee, WI: Picked up, immediately escorted to a strip club called The Cheetah Club in a party bus with all these street punks, then played to a packed house where the cops showed up. That was madness. We Woke up the next day and went on a brewery tour and drunk bowling. Indianapolis, the one time Young Matt stole my sneakers and we wound up at a slip and slide party and drove around in, I swear to Christ, a fucking lawnmower hovercraft, then went back to Brett’s house and watched the Best of Stone Cold WWF VHS tape and ate a pizza that was bigger than my mattress.  (You would have been my heroes circa 1999). The first time we played Chicago some guy in his mid to late 20s walked towards me with a knife and said, “Hey! You were at my friends party last weekend weren’t you?” and I said “Uhh… no.” And then his friend in the background shouts, “IT’S NOT HIM!.” That all took about 4 seconds but it was pretty fucked! (You guys have lived a charmed life..that much I am sure of).

KT: What the hell is a  “GLUNK ROCKER”?! (apparently, you are)  Do you approve of such a term?

DF: I think it’s a conjunction of glam and punk. Yeah I back it. I have been called worse. I think that the New York Dolls and The Soda Pop Kids and The Star Spangles and The Richmond Sluts were kinda glunk rockers in their own right, so I back it.

KT: I try to get some opinions on current events with each interview, so bear with me as we troll through miserable reality for a moment: Baltimore.  Freddie Gray.  Whats your take on all this crap?  Seems like every week theres a new story about abuses in law enforcement that unfortunately results in a dead African-American man.  Has there been an actual spike in these events occurring, or is the media simply hyper focusing on such stories?  Are they (the media) making it worse? (my answer, YES!)   As I write this, they are now stating that his death was self-inflicted while in custody..seems far fetched, but anything is possible I suppose.

DF: None of us are ones to rock the boat politically or socially, so I’ll just say that the footage of the dude nonchalantly throwing a huge rock through a cop car windshield got me so pumped, I had to run laps listening to The Kids just to work off the excitement.

KT: You just released this new 7”.  What does the future hold for WYLDLIFE?

DF: We are driving down to Atlanta next week to record the next album. I am so excited for that, I can’t even tell you. Then we got a couple shows around NYC for June, probably fly down to Tulsa for this FYWROK festival. The album will be out hopefully by early fall. Maybe do some touring around then. I would love to put out a Christmas 7” this year too. We’ll have to see.  (Excellent!! I look forward to it)! 

Most important question of the night…

KT: I like a good time travel hypothetical situation, and this one comes from the podcast TELL EM STEVE DAVE. The one scenario that immediately comes up in conversation is always “If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be”?, and the answer almost always is, KILL HITLER.  That became the standard answer, and as a result, to make things more interesting, the question evolved into “If you could travel back in time and kill baby Hitler before all of his atrocities, would you do so”?  Now, in an attempt to ratchet it up even more, the question has become “You have the opportunity to seduce Mother Hitler prior to his original conception from his actual father, thus sparing the world from his DNA and cruel final solution. (assuming that the child would grow up to be more like one of you, and a lot less like Hitler).   Would you be willing to impregnate the future Hitler’s mother to save he future of millions of lives?? Here is a picture of Mother Hitler to help (or hurt) your response… 996b19e0-190f-3fc6-ba27-2691380a4ab1 DF: (Off the record, I really appreciate that Mall Rats reference). Is that a brooch made of grapes? (I do believe it is)  I think it would be pretty awesome to be like, “Hey Hitler. I fucked your mom.” And  God knows I am a motherfucker at heart but nah, she’s beat. I wouldn’t fuck her with yours.  (HA!  While I do abhor your negligence in avoiding a worldwide suicide, I do believe that my dick should not be deemed  ‘in play’ for such shenanigans… Well played).  

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Courtney Barnett

***Opinions in this article are those of @KralTunes, and not necessarily shared by Tonight At Dawn***

Courtney Barnett is the type of artist that is rarely seen around these musical parts these days: a clever lyricist with an actual message to convey. Her newest album, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, has been widely anticipated by critics and music scenesters for quite some time.  For her sake, I hope her offering is enough to please the Indie Rock Gods!

Opener ‘Elevator Operator’ is a ridiculously catchy tune, in spite of the protagonists’ monotonous life cycle and dead-end job:

“Feeling sick at the sight of his computer,

He dodges his way through the Swanston commuters,

Rips off his tie,

Hands it to a homeless man,

Sleeping in the corner of a metro bus stand and he screams,

‘I’m not going to work today,

Going to count the minutes that the trains run late,

Sit on the grass building pyramids out of Coke cans””

First single ‘Pedestrian At Best’ is already a contender for song of the year, and the point in the album where the boss lady over @tonightatdawn started to take notice.  Its sarcastic-tinged lyrics and scruffy guitars harken back to the early-mid 90’s. It also possesses one of the more enduring choruses I’ve heard in a while:

“Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you,

Tell me I’m exceptional, I promise to exploit you,

Give me all your money,

and I’ll make some origami,

honey I think you’re a joke,

but I don’t find you very funny”

Guitar solos are abound on the amazing ‘Small Poppies’; it’s a 7-minute bleary epic that immediately takes me back to MAZZY STAR (not sure if this is apropos, since I only know a handful of her material, but these are my thoughts in my own head, so butt out!). I especially enjoy the very last line: “I dreamed I stabbed you with a coat hanger wire (all my married peeps out there know this feeling, amirite?!?!)  If it wasn’t for the awesome-sauce lead single, this would be the album’s best cut.

While some of these songs may sound rhythmically simplistic, its Ms. Barnett’s lyrics that elevate this set of songs into something memorable.  She has a great knack for turning the mundane of everyday life into poetry.  ‘Depreston’ turns a young couple buying their first home into an internal dialogue about the previous elderly owners:

“Then I see the handrail in the shower,

a collection of those canisters for coffee tea and flour,

And a photo of a young man in a van in Vietnam,

And I can’t think of floorboards anymore,

whether the front room faces south or north,

And I wonder what she bought it for.”

Courtney Barnett even manages to touch on more wide reaching societal issues (ENVIRONMENTALIST NERD ALERT!!). ‘Dead Fox’ touches on the shark cull of Australia:

“More people die on the road than they do in the ocean,

Maybe we should mull over culling cars instead of sharks.”

While ‘Kim’s Caravan’ hits on the Great Barrier Reef:

“There’s a paper on the ground,

it makes my headache quite profound,

As I read it out aloud,

It said “The Great Barrier Reef,

it ain’t so great anymore,

It’s been raped beyond belief,

the dredgers treat it like a whore.”

Courtney ends this entrée with a 1-2 punch of despair with the aforementioned track, ‘Boxing Day Blues’, an ode to an over-aspiring partner, whose ideal they will not match. Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit definitely leaves you sitting and thinking.

Lyrically, this is one of the more exceptional albums live head in quite some time.  The music complements the verses almost perfectly every time, making this an early favorite for album of the year contestant, and my new Australian rock music ambassador (move over, ACDC)!!!