Friday, October 17, 2008

The Lucksmiths - Why That Doesn't Surprise Me

Somehow this wonderful Melbourne indy pop band passed
me by, until recently that is, when I discovered
them due to some nice folk over at the ausrock forum.
With obvious influences such as Billy Bragg, the Smiths
and the Housemartins, you can tell your going to get
a fine band. Their songs are wonderful pop about the
everyday, relationships and the such, their lyrics are
clever, witty, whimsical and heartfelt.
Take these lyrics from the song "Synchronized Sinking "

You don't need to ask me twice
I'm not averse to giving advice
On a bar stool basis

Four o'clock sounds fine to me
I'll meet you at the library

There's privacy in public places
Oh, but, reader, heal thyself
Put the book back on the shelf
Something's obviously wrong
Your face is all day long
It was lovely when you laughed

Come on – please get it off your chest
It's a commonplace but I'd suggest

A problem shared is a problem halved

Kick a stone across the road
Explain or you'll explode

I was impressed too with the opening track
with is really beautiful.
With some 11 albums and 5 Eps to their credit,
having started back in 1993 and having just
released a new album, this is a band everyone
should know about. I'm glad to have finally
taken notice.

Music To Hold Hands To - Martin Donald

You can't keep a secret

But you keep a diary anyway

And you get away with murder

Because you've got a way with words

Yeah, and I know where you keep it:
Under where your underwear is meant to be

But usually it's all over the floor
I can't see the carpet anymore

If you arose by any other name

You'd smell as sweet
And you'd look just the same

I could never understand you

Hating music to hold hands to
Sometimes something you can dance to
Is the last thing that you need
Yeah, and squandering a
On a 499-piece jigsaw puzzle
Doesn't trouble me one little bit
One little bit!

I feel like going visiting this evening

Across the rooftops of North Carlton
While the suburb is asleep

My friends live in renovators' dreams

It's as euphemistic as it seems

Track List
01. Music To Hold Hands To
02. Synchronized Sinking
03. The Great Dividing Range
04. Beach Boys Medley
05. Broken Bones
06. First Cousin
07. Don't Bring Your Work To Bed
08. Fear Of Rollercoasters
09. Harmonicas And Trams
10. The Forgetting Of Wisdom
11. Self-Preservation
12. How To Tie A Tie
13. All The Recipes I've Ever Ruined
14. The Year Of Driving Languorously

Download Here


Anonymous said...

hey Bob....I don't know if it's just me...but that bloody z-share just keeps looping and coming back to the download page without actually starting the download....


Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Yes I hope they fix it soon. they when down on the weekend and it seems to be playing up now.
Ive changed the flaming hands link to rapidshare.
ciao bob

Duncan said...

Hi Bob,
I mostly visit your blog for stuff I can just about remember but I liked the look of this one, so took a chance on it - and I'm very glad I did.

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Hi Duncan, thats how I found them too.
great band
ciao bob

observer said...

could you upload this again please?

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

back up

observer said...

thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

I *just* heard the Lucksmiths for the first time on 88.1 WMBR (USA) two weeks ago. And I wish I'd been hip when they were touring. Such a great sound, just what I love. Thank you for this. - d.