We are a psyche/folk/country band from Melbourne Australia who way back in 2004 decided to try and write songs reminiscent of the '70s FM playlist 'classic' albums that we loved so much. After gigging around Melbourne for almost two years, we decided we were ready to record our first album. However, unlike artists like Neil Young or Fleetwood Mac or Pink Floyd, we didn't actually have a budget for recording or engineering or producing. We had Nicole's (the keyboardist) backyard shed, a local school recording studio we snuck into after hours, a bunch of borrowed microphones, and determination.
We recorded ourselves in between our day jobs in a process that ended up taking 18 months, and included the break-up of Mark's (the guitarist's) marriage and the diagnosis and treatment of Nicole's breast cancer. War-minded, conservative governments were re-elected in Australia and the USA. Finally mastered by a friend, Byron, in a small Brunswick studio in 2007, the end result is 'Dust Songs' an intense, dark, beautiful journey through our lives, fears and love's lost in those years.
Did we produce the 'classic album' we so much wanted to give to the world? Nope. But we certainly produced something that impressed and moved people (see reviews below) and that now we hear as (ironically) 'ahead' of its time, with the subsequent folk rock and psychedelic folk revival since the end of the last decade.
The original line-up dissolved shortly after the album's release and we all went our separate personal and musical ways. In the intervening years, some of us (Mark, Ann Marie the singer, Gavin the bassist) had new families. Nicole spent three years in the USA as an artist in residence at various institutions around the country.
In March 2012, Nicole, newly returned from the States, invited Mark, Ann Marie, and Ann Marie's drummer husband Ross around to her Western suburbs house for a BBQ . It didn't take long before we all realised we very much missed performing together. We were all feeling, once again, at a crossroads of our lives. We started rehearsing every Sunday in Nicole's converted garage studio, writing new tunes, downing beers and feeling the sheer relief and fun of a musical adventure starting once again.
Our original line-up was called Dust; now we are calling ourselves The Dust Revival band. Hallelujah! Our plan is to play as much as we can around Melbourne town over the next few months, then record ourselves live in a 'real' studio with a 'real' engineer and producer in no more than a week! Then set our new tunes free into the world through a real format - vinyl.
Some reviews of 'Dust Songs',
“An assured debut album of psychedelic influenced folk/country rock, delivering spacious fragility and solid intensity in equally astonishing measures…Marvellous!” Thee Sonic Assassin, Sideways through Sound, 2NSB, Sydney
"This mature and sophisticated album brings the best aspects of progressive folk, psychedelic pop and alternative country together in a way that is fresh yet nostalgic. There are shades of artists who came to prominence in the ’70s such as Jefferson Starship, Pink Floyd, Neil Young and Fairport Convention. But this band uses these influences to create something exciting."Julia Irwin, Preston Leader
"..a kind of psyche/alt/country that is very easy to enjoy, but the more you listen, the more you find.” Tim Richie, ABC Radio National
"It’s a sound that incorporates psychedelia, rich vocal harmonies and guitar interplay in a folk rock vein that owes a debt to a wide range of 1960s West Coast pop and garage rock, from the Buffalo Springfield to Crazy Horse, from Creedence Clearwater Revival to The Mamas and The Papas. Think Pandoras (especially given the female harmonies) and early Walkabouts: an intoxicating mixture of country twang, melancholy folk and urban scrawl, all with psychedelic overtones. It’s all warmly nostalgic and atmospheric, helped along by pristine production. "Phil McMullen, Terrascope.co.uk