The Sugargliders – A Nest with a View
“…listening to these songs is like eavesdropping on another’s closest secrets” – Melody Maker, 12/12/92
Popboomerang Records is proud to release A Nest with a View, a 20-song retrospective compilation from the much loved and sorely missed Sugargliders, an indie pop band from Melbourne based around brothers Josh and Joel Meadows.
Between 1990 and 1994 The Sugargliders released ten singles and one album. A Nest with a View collects, for the first time, their finest moments for Melbourne’s Summershine Records and for legendary English pop label Sarah.
These two boys – Josh was 19 when they started, his brother Joel 16 – from Melbourne’s far eastern suburbs wrote simple, original pop songs, brimming with an unpolished emotional honesty that earned the band an international following.
Mostly self-taught, they aimed to create something new, something true, from the world as they experienced it, complete with its beauty and its injustice. It was not entertainment as much as something they knew they had to do. Whether they were singing about girls, property developers or police car chases, you could tell they were singing what they believed, from deep in their hearts.
The brothers were joined, at different times, by Marc Fulker on drums and Robert Cooper (Earthmen) on bass. Their recordings improved under the guidance of Mark Murphy (Ripe) and Adam Dennis (Jordans). They inverted the standard pop set-up (a jangled electric guitar over a strummed acoustic); Joel, the acoustic guitarist, handled the lead breaks and intricate lines while Josh played the electric rhythm. A radiant acoustic riff over a strummed electric became a distinctive ’gliders trademark.
Summershine released their early vinyl singles, before they found a home at Sarah Records. It was a good match. Both label and band believed in changing the world, one duo-tone sleeved perfect pop 7” at a time. They went to England. They returned to Melbourne. Ten singles in four years and they were gone.
What was the Sugargliders’ essence? Perhaps a stark honesty or lack of pretention. They were always honest – sometimes painfully so (just listen to ‘Give me some confidence’ and ‘Police me’). Or maybe their idealism. They were deeply idealistic – so much so that it couldn’t last. But perhaps something did last. These 20 songs, lovingly re-mastered, capture the sparkle, the tenderness, the exuberance, the idealism and the honesty of the Sugargliders. A flawed but beautiful collection to touch the conscience and rekindle our fickle hearts.