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Thursday

by Tall Poppies

Indie Pop
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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1. Butterfingers
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2. Drinking Life
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3. Time Machine
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4. St Ives
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5. Funky
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6. Chameleon
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7. Chocolatier
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8. Better Off Dead
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9. Don't Leave
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10. Cocoon
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11. Only a Nomad (can carry on)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Biography

Susan and Catherine had landed in swinging London with a bass, a guitar and a broken PC. They had been writing songs since they were nine and thought it was about time someone other than the magpies outside heard them. Fearing they would be seen by someone they knew in Perth, they took their music to the smokiest pubs / clubs/ cafes and restaurants in London with the odd performance in Scotland and France.

They scored a residency at a quaint pub in Islington where many hip tourists, businessmen, anoraks and the odd film star would pop in. Due to constant confusion over names, the stage name Tall Poppies was formed. Playing mostly originals, the duo decided to write a new song each week to keep their sets fresh.

Susan reluctantly returned to Perth in 2003 to finish the long long long degree she felt she had to finish. Catherine stuck it out in Soho.... working with the producer at Tin Pan Alley studios on Denmark street. The twins wrote songs over the phone thousands of km apart. When Catherine returned to Australia they realised they had telepathic capabilites, as they had both written the same song at the same time.

In this time, younger brother Alex had become drum man extraordinaire and the three started jamming and performing together. Alex even began contributing to the lyrical content.

So they were all in Perth in 2004. They set up a home studio after fixing their well travelled PC, which had caught fire when they went for a run one hot summers night.
Oscillating between Blackbird sound studios and their home set up, they recorded their first album. A sample of the many songs they have in their ever expanding handbags.

Live, the band is intriguing, oozing style and confidence. Their voices have been described as (all the usual positive adjectives) "Amazing', "Awesome" "Fantastic" "You sent me straight to the clouds" "Shivers down the spine".

They are a cool and comfortably quirky band with the know how to transport one to a dimension of euphoria. Tall Poppies songs address the everyday and the unusual; they balance the comical with the melancholic.


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Steve Davenport

Tall Poppies music is like sex to the ears
If you like expressive, idiosyncratic, quirky lyrics, dilettantish music and meticulous production style, you’ll adore Thursday, by Perth’s Tall Poppies.

Although most bands think they are unique, few are. Tall Poppies, twins Susan and Catherine Hay and younger brother Alexander, are possibly inimitable. The music is whimsically clever and its lyrical storytelling is enigmatically amusing while grasping the imagination and daring it to think outside the circle of the CD.

Tall Poppies, the debut album is an atypical recording with an unconditionally mature sensibility. It’s like reading an anthology of subtly complex, great short stories. Each tale has a fruity flavour, unique character and infinite delicacy. Imagine watching Chocolat while sucking on a piece of Amedei Chuao and you’ll understand the sensuality in Tall Poppies music.

Bass guitarist, Susan Hay has a singular voice while guitarist, Catherine has a supple evocative vocal technique. They sound similar to Shakespeare's Sister with a pinch of Kate Bush and a dash of Ute Lemper but with an optimistic upbeat pop quality that is difficult to define. This combination makes the sound a smidgen funky but not too funky.

Time Machine is the stand out track; its style owes as much to poetry, dance and film as it does to music. It is a catchy time travelogue reminiscent of Kate Bush’s Cloud Busting but more in story telling quality than musical similarity. All Tall Poppies' tunes have a theatrical touch with undertones of cabaret and classical Hollywood musicals but retain a strong integrity.

Songs such as Better Off Dead, Funky, Butter Fingers and Only A Nomad, are like sipping on a cappuccino, looking through a café window and drinking life through a straw; sumptuous and superlative.

In Drinking Life, St Ives, Chameleon, Cocoon and Don’t Leave, musically much happens but much more is implied. There are some wonderful laid back melodic guitar riffs mixed with a smooth segue of string quartet lines in these songs.

Tall Poppies combine pop with theatre and literature. All wound up with themes - such as love, lust and jealousy - that expose the magnificence that is the ripe female mind. Think Dido, Joni Mitchell, Edie Brickell, think Tall Poppies.

If Tall Poppies’ Thursday is like drinking life through a straw, make mine chocolate flavoured! Oh! And it is really like sex for the ears.

Tall Poppies - Thursday is released independently. Head to thetallpoppies.com for more information.