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Why vinyl?

On the record

This portrait was taken for an article in the Australian Financial Review.  Brian was chosen as one of the Fin’s “Top Ten Entrepreneurs Under 30”. Actually, he spoke with Matt Teffer about the band’s reasons for putting Campfire Radio out on vinyl. Photo by Wolter Peeters.

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July 19, 2021 · 5:05 am

What else can you do?

We had a gig – our first since Covid – scheduled for July 10 at the Gasoline Pony. But then Sydney went into lockdown again, and that gig has been postponed until August 28.

PHOTO-2021-07-02-14-30-46It’s frustrating. We’ve been jamming regularly, most weeks, and we’re keen to share the new songs. There’s a lot of them. And we want to put out the new album (we’re calling it ‘Your Lights Still Rise’), but we feel like we need to get some momentum happening. It would feel weird, just putting out an album, in the middle of all this.

But we’ll get there. People need to get vaccinated, then vaccinated again, and then we’ll be on our way. In the meantime, we’ll keep writing songs, and playing them, and arranging them. Working on harmonies. What else can you do?

 

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The Road to the Crater – a new song

Last year we spent a few days up the coast, jamming and recording. We’re planning on releasing an album of material from that session in 2021, but in the meantime, here’s ‘The Road to the Crater’. Mixed and mastered by Nathan Brand, engineered by Richard Austin, artwork by Rory Toomey.  All the best to you for the new year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-WuQsxf4fM

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Fire, flood, plague and jamming

It’s been a weird year for everybody. Here in NSW, we’ve had bushfires, floods, and then COVID, all set against that low-mosquito-drone of impending ecological ruin and political ruin… anyway.

We were in lockdown for a while, but nothing like Melbourne. WFH has been mostly a blessing  (having steady work at all during this time is a blessing).  I’ve been playing guitar a lot, more than ever, and writing lots of songs.

Brian and Nathan tune up at Stage Door.

Brian and Nathan tune up at Stage Door studios, October 2020.

And the band has been jamming. Not every week, but pretty regularly, and we’re sounding good. Obviously it’s frustrating not being able to play to an audience. You really don’t know a song until you’ve played it at a gig. Some surefire classics have been quietly retired after an underwhelming reception from a roomful of friends and strangers.

About a year back we headed up the coast for  a few days to record. My gut feeling was that we had an EP’s worth of songs, but a playback last weekend suggested that we have 12 good songs – enough for an album. There’s a little bit more to do – a guitar overdub here, a vocal there – but thanks to Nathan’s expertise and hard work with the mix, we’re almost there.

So – we’re considering our options as to how and when we’ll get that album released. Hopefully it won’t be too long. And then it will be time to record another. And play some gigs, maybe.

All the best and stay safe.
Brian

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@Petersham Bowling Club – Sunday March 1

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@Petersham Bowling Club – PBC Country Fair – Sunday October 27

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@Petersham Bowling Club, with Nic Dalton and the Gloomchasers – Sunday August 25

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@Union Hotel, Newtown – w/ Dead Marines – April 21

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Campfire Radio launch at the PBC, Sunday, March 3, 2019

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@Petersham Bowling Club – ALBUM LAUNCH – March 3

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