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New Last Leaves video: The World We Had

Video: Last Leaves – “The World We Had”

Last Leaves — The World We Had

From Other Towns Than Ours, out October 13 on Lost And Lonesome in Australia and on Matinée in the USA. The single is out now.

I was just saying how much I miss the Lucksmiths when lo and behold here’s a brand new video from three-quarters of them. Last Leaves has been teasing us with the possibility of new music for years now, but this is the first we’ve heard about a full album. Marty Donald, Mark Monnone, and Louis Richter recruited drummer Noah Symons and recorded Other Towns Than Ours in their fancy treehouse in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges where this video was filmed.

The song sounds lovely. A little beefier than the Luckies with crunchier guitars and heavier drums. And Donald’s voice isn’t as “pretty” as Tali White’s, so the overall vibe is less twee and more rock and roll. I’ve listened to this at least 30 times in a row now and it continues to reveal its charms. Gone are the signature puns and clever wordplay, but that doesn’t mean they won’t turn a phrase to conjure up emotions.

Did I dream that weekend in a weather-bored hotel
In a tumbled down old tourist town that we had to ourselves?

I kissed you briefly underneath the broken bridge
The moon behind the mountaintops beyond

And I’m sure I was never so happy before
But darling, don’t you sometimes think we could say the same for since?

You were twenty-something the first time you saw snow
We stood there shuttering as the clouds closed in on Buffalo.

I can’t wait to hear the album. Autumn is the perfect time for this type of music.

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New Lucksmiths DVD: Unfamiliar Stars

Trailer: The Lucksmiths – “Unfamiliar Stars” DVD

Gotta love the Marge’s Donut Den t-shirt. Grand Rapids, represent!

It’s a shame that the Lucksmiths have generated more news since they broke up in 2009 than they did in the last few years they were active, what with the posthumous seven-inch last year and now a new DVD of their August 2009 farewell show in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to the 33-song live set, the DVD also contains a 25-minute documentary of the band’s final months.

Pre-order from Matinee in the States, or from Lost And Lonesome in Australia in PAL format.

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New Lucksmiths Single: Get-to-Bed Birds

The Lucksmiths - Get-to-Bed BirdsMP3: The Lucksmiths – “Get-to-Bed Birds” (courtesy of Matinee Records)

Ah, this is bittersweet… A year after calling it a day, the Lucksmiths are releasing their final single on Lost and Lonesome in Australia and Matinee here in the States.

These are “the last two songs the band scribed” before breaking up. The a-side originally appeared on The Matinée Grand Prix CD, while the b-side (“The World of Professional Golf 1994″) was included with an Australian literary journal. The 7” single is limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies (L&s;L gets the odd numbers, Matinee the evens) and includes the MP3 download. It’s only $4, so what are you waiting for?

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The Lucksmiths Break Up

The Lucksmiths, back in the daySad news for fans of Australian pop group the Lucksmiths. In a message sent via their label, they’ve announced that “after sixteen years as The Lucksmiths, the band has decided to break up.”

They were a great band who deserved a lot more recognition than they ever received. Perhaps their lyrics were too clever or their sound too precious for their own good. While it would be difficult to argue that they weren’t the very embodiment of “twee,” if you ever got the opportunity to see them out live, your impression might changed a little.

In appearance, they actually reminded me of a young, mod Who. Tali White has the same, piercing eyes and undeniable charisma as Roger Daltrey, despite the fact that White’s subdued, gentle vocals are the complete opposite of Daltrey’s histrionics. And Marty Donald reminded me of more than a little of Pete Townshend. Donald wrote most of the songs, sang occasional harmonies, and strummed lovely chords. He even has a respectable honker like Pete! Mark Monnone isn’t really anything like the Ox, and there’s clearly no place for anyone resembling Keith Moon in the Lucksmiths. Regardless, my point is that they were far from puss-pop, especially live.

I’m mad at myself for not getting out there and seeing them the last (several) times they came through town. I always figured I’d catch them next time. Which you’d think I’d realize by now is a very shortsighted way of thinking about bands at this level. Hell, bands at any level. If you care, catch them when you can…you might not get another chance. They’ll be finishing up their European tour and some final dates in Australia, but then that’s it. They will be missed.

MP3s:

The Lucksmiths – “Up with the Sun”

The Lucksmiths – “A Sobering Thought (Just When One Was Needed)”

The Lucksmiths – “A Hiccup in Your Happiness”

The Lucksmiths – “Up With The Sun”

The Lucksmiths – “Pin Cushion”

Lucksmiths: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki.

Full announcement after the jump…

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Lucksmiths – Up with the Sun

MP3: The Lucksmiths – “Up with the Sun” from First Frost, out now on Matinee.

Read guitarist Marty Donald‘s recording diary.

One more: The Lucksmiths – “A Sobering Thought (Just When One Was Needed)”

The Lucksmiths: Web, MySpace, Wiki.

Candle Records is Closing

Very sad news from Australia: Candle Records is closing its doors on March 31, 2007. For 12 years, Candle has been the home of great Australian pop bands like the Lucksmiths, the Mabels, Darren Hanlon, the Guild League, and many others.

Label founder Chris Crouch says, “Candle Records has been a big part of my life, run on the passion and love of music. I have made so many good friends and have worked with an incredible group of talented people. Great friendships have formed and the Candle family has in fact felt like a family. My job has involved managing bands, releasing albums, booking shows, publicising gigs, selling CDs, running the mail order and website and it’s all been an absolute pleasure. But now is the time for change.”

Thanks for all the music, Candle. You’ll be missed!

Previously: Perfect in the Summertime: Lucksmiths Interview; and I love the Lucksmiths

Perfect in the Summertime: Lucksmiths Interview

Another fine interview from our gal Helen. This time she tracks down a member of the Lucksmiths in fine girlie-stalker fashion. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for the cutest conversation in cyberspace.

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I love the Lucksmiths

I love the Lucksmiths and you should too.

I’m not sure if I can explain it because I don’t really like a lot of pretty sounding stuff. I used to. I used to be all into British pop and Paul was even my favorite Beatle at one time. But not anymore. Now I like dirty, noisy, passionate stuff that was played by a bunch of delinquent teenagers. Or stuff that sounds like that. I barely ever break out those Smiths albums that I worshipped in high school.

So it’s odd that I would fall for the Lucksmiths. Maybe it’s because I saw them live before I heard their albums. So I had a chance to see them do what they do before I got a chance to scoff at their pretty melodies and clever lyrics (far, far too clever to be considered hip, by my definition). But to see a three-piece playing in a coffee house so quietly that I had to strain to hear them was truly a refreshing concert experience after having my ear drums blown out by dozens of garage bands in smoky, obnoxious bars.

Their set up is unique, and I’m a sucker for that. The lead singer stands in front of a microphone and a snare drum with a tambourine duct taped to a hi hat, and plays with brushes. The other two play unaffected bass and guitar. Softly. Simple as that.

And they blew me away. Somehow, the clever lyrics didn’t seem too clever; they’re young and Australian after all. The songs were so nicely written and well-crafted that I had to set aside my cynicism and just listen (for once in my life). Lines such as, “She’s the opposite of coffee/ the last thing I need first thing in the morning,” jumped out and stuck with me for weeks.

While musically they could hardly be more dissimilar, they remind me of the young Who for some reason. It might just be because the guitar player has a big honker and writes all of the songs. And that the lead singer has those freaky, penetrating eyes. But they’ve got a kind of serious but self-deprecating attitude that wins you over. Call it Maximum Lullaby.

And now they’ve got a new album out called Why Doesn’t That Surprise Me, and it’s as pretty and soft and clever as ever. They do some interesting things with instrumentation this time around with songs that include strings, melodica, banjo, electric piano, horns, etc. It sometimes sounds lush but not overproduced or cheesy. It’s good and it’s worth hearing, but I’ve got a personal fixation with Happy Secret which I think everyone should own. You can download a song from an ep called “T-Shirt Weather” from their label’s website. It’s fairly representative of what the Lucksmiths are all about. Check it out and let me know what you think.