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Rain Ahead...

by Mitch Peasley & the Thundering Ukuleles

Good for listening while driving, walking, exfoliating, and chatting. Walking bass lines and cool jazz trumpets are interspersed with 60s psychedelia/garage band sounds underscored by ukuleles. Catchy songs with an earful of musical styles and sounds.
Genre: Rock: French Rock
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1. Tomorrow We'll Know
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2. Looking Forward
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3. Thank God It's Friday
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4. Wake Up!
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5. Writing History
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6. China Winter
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7. Drongo Nation
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8. Carol's Jig/Oops-A -Daisy (That's Torn It)
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9. Our Secret Lives
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10. Surely Charli
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11. Redeemable
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12. The Fastest Yet
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13. Julia (We Believe)
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14. Welcome To The Cave
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hii there,

Here are a few songs for you. Hope you like them. I started writing/recording these in August 2010 and finished up in June 2011. The exception is the chorus for ‘Drongo Nation’ which was initially written with a friend of mine (Hans) in the now non-existent Bishop’s Palace in Broome WA, a few moons ago. I wrote the
verses in early 2011 and recorded it soon after.

Always loved music. Been tinkering with it for a few years on and off. All of a sudden I started writing again recently after a bit of a sabbatical. Bashed out a few tunes in the latter part of 2010 and thought I'd finish them off for a change! So, after a few twists and turns, the Thundering Ukes emerged. Tried to weasel all the musical styles/bands I loved into one album - Small Faces, Kraftwerk, Sandie Shaw, Hives, Stranglers, Doors, Amon Duul, Beatles, Beth Orton, Strolling Bones, Masters Apprentices, etc.

Stumbled onto the ukulele at the end of 2009 (as far as I can recall). What a great little instrument - I can almost carry it around in my pocket! Finally I can play an instrument virtually flat on my back.

And so these songs were conceived. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did writing, singing and playing them.

Mitch Peasley September 2011

Lyrics:
Julia (We Believe)
I can’t believe it - ranga's in the house
Fighting with a smuggler, game of cat and mouse
Keeps us interested, on the edge of our seats
Eating into silence, voting with our feet
Talk slowly building tension, tempers flaring on all sides
Welcome to no man’s land, want to run and hide
Virtue seeming ordinary, skill gone by the wayside
Ten pound pom we salute, wait for the turning tide
Julia, Julia - no trace of doubt - we believe
Sure - it’s early days, and there is some doubt
Can’t take much for granted, soon we’ll sing and shout
At tea breaks we shuffle in, rest while you talk
Reinvigorate us, try to walk the walk

Redeemable
How can I tell you the secrets I have kept?
I have no alibi - such tears you wept
But the dogs are barking and the game is nearly up
Not for want of trying
Been three sleepless nights ruminating till dawn
Learning the lines and stifling a yawn
If we get through this one it’s home and hosed for sure
Your heart is forgiving
We’re redeemable
As wind blows seeds to the ground
They perish or take hold
So you crossed my path - a tale to be told
Your heart is forgiving
We’re redeemable


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steve lionello

Rain Ahead... a great album of catchy tunes
Rain Ahead...

Quick Review: buy it, try it, you’ll like it

The Details: Perth musician Mitch Peasley has finally released his long awaited debut and it’s worth the wait. 14 finely crafted gems showcase Mitch’s songwriting and instrumental skills and introduce the sweet and soulful voice of Helen Shanahan. Adult contemporary or Alt country rock probably best describes Mitch’s territory; rythym, melody, humour and some seriously catchy tunes

Helen’s vocals lead the opener Tomorrow We’ll Know and sets the stage for smooth. Looking Forward features Mitch on the mike and instruments. Spacious, jazzy flavours conjures up drinks at sunset or a late nite lounge bar. Thanks God its’ Friday brings back the Velvets with a sense of humor that Reed and co. never seemed to muster.

Tom Hawkins of rising perth band The Volcanics takes lead vocals on Wake Up! a snappy number that grooves. Writing History: a banjo surprise.

China Winter may be the best track here. Mitch’s lyrics shimmer through Helen’s voice. Bittersweet, Poignant, Beautiful. Drongo Nation, a smooth reggae tinged number that encourages us all to keep aiming low. Carol’s jig starts jiggy enough and then mutates. Our Secret Lives is a wistful, tender ballad with a sting in its’ tail. Surely Charli has lodged somewhere in my head on repeat.

Redeemable is a slow blues workout between Helen’s smoky voice and Mitch’s guitar. Warning: may lead to sex. The Fastest Yet is a jaunty orchestral western drama complete with gunshots and pathos, great fun.

Julia (We Believe) surely must be an edgy wildcard for The Australian Labor Party’s next election campaign theme song – a song to Julia Gillard with the chorus ’we believe’! Welcome to the Cave is the heaviest song of this selection, beginning with a crunchy bassline and Mitch’s vocals set on growl. Classical almost cerebral guitar work follows, only for the bass to reappear again and threaten the CD to a promising close.

Promise? It’s a good one – Rain Ahead is the first release of three that Mitch has in the works. Bring it on.

Steve Lionello