Tomorrow night one of the most imporant gigs of 2013 will be happening at the Judith Wright Centre. The amazing Brisbane band WE ALL WANT TO will be performing a very special show titled “Take The Lead” which will see the band play their highly acclaimed second album “Come Up Invisible” with a different singer on each song.
WE ALL WANT TO was founded by one of Brisbane’s most celebrated artists, Tim Steward (the dude has his own star in the valley mall). Tim started his career with Screamfeeder in the very late 80’s and through the 90’s and 00’s they released a lot of important music for not only the Brisbane Alternative music scene but Australia’s alternative music scene. WE ALL WANT TO features some of our towns most celebrated and respected players including Skye Staniford, Dan McNulty, Darek Mudge and Mel Fraser who all have their unique musical personas scattered through the history of independent Brisbane rock n roll.
The real treat of this gig is the 17 singers who have been chosen to “take the lead” on each of the songs from “Come Up Invisible” tomorrow night.
I think it is important at this stage for me to list the full line-up:
- Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss) – an absolute Australian music legend, his band Bluebottle Kiss are one of the best guitar bands you’ll have the pleasure of hearing
- Charles Sale (Yves Klein Blue and Babaganouj) – a killer guitarist and slacker pop song writer
- Jeremy Neale (Too Many Bands to Name) – everyone knows Jeremy Neale
- Chris Dale (Halfway) – Halfway are a legendary alt country / folk band, beautiful stuff
- Hannah Sheppard (Charlie Mayfair) – Hannah is a beautiful singer of immense talent, her voice soars with a wonderful swoony ache
- Alastair McCrae (Inland Sea) – Al is a really cool dude and his voice and folk styling’s with Inland Sea were divine
- Danny Widdicombe (The Wilson Pickers) – another absolute Australian music legend, whose solo albums and work with Wilson Pickers is vital to any serious music fans collection. A very important local musician
- Dom Miller (Rocketsmiths) – everyone knows Dom Miller
- Sue Ray – Sue is an amazing country singer and a stellar human being. Her voice and music is beyond beautiful
- McKisko – Her artistry is pure amazement
- Sabrina Lawrie (Tongue, Sabrina Lawrie and The Hunting Party, Little Vegas and The Fuzz Parade) – the original and the best rock n roll chick, she’s a legend and her music is so important to Brisbane. Her music roars with the spirit of Janis Joplin and the Poetry of Patti Smith.
- Ghostboy (Ghostboy with Golden Virtues) – a highly intelligent avant garde performer
- Chris Hetherington (The Slow Push) – a great performer, artist and human being. An intense lyrical wit radiates from the music Chris makes with The Slow Push.
- Ed Guglielmino – Everyone knows Ed
- Daz Gray (The Good Ship) – Lead Pirate for comedy folk band The Good Ship
- Seja (Sekiden and Regurgitator) – Seja is beyond legend, she is a Brisbane music institution and her work is amazing. A brilliant role model for young female musicians everywhere with her solo shiver synth pop music catering to all of your emotional needs
- Ross Hope (Disco Nap, Iron On) – Ross is such a gentlemen and a brilliant songwriter. He shared lead vocal and guitar duties with Kate Cooper in Iron On. Iron On was such a brilliant and important band for our town. Iron On was the important bridge from 90’s guitar freakouts to 00’s indie pop expression. The music he released under the “Disco Nap” moniker post Iron On remains some the most honest songwriting ever delivered in Brisbane.
So as you can see, this gig is both a celebration and a reflection on the great history of independent music in Australia (and in particular Brisbane) with the stars of the scene both past, present and future displaying a unity and commitment to community and a damn fine evening of music. This is a night that could only be put together by a pioneering mind like Tim Steward and it’s a tribute to his longevity as an artist to see such a diverse group of artists lining up to sing the songs of WE ALL WANT TO.
Not to change course but I think it is also worth repeating what I wrote in my review for “Come Up Invisible” earlier this year just so I can illustrate the joy of the music that WE ALL WANT TO make:
“If I ever had to explain to an alien what indie pop is I’d give him a copy of “Come Up Invisible” by We All Want To. In fact I’d give him a copy of anything by We All Want To because they make such great pop music, but that is just the general surface stuff. If you go deeper into the sound of “Come Up Invisible” you’ll hear an array of different influences on display including folk, shoegaze, punk rock and even hints of post rock. All of that journalism wank aside, the thing that really makes “Come Up Invisible” a great album is the fact that underneath all of it there are a bunch of really well written songs, perfectly and intricately crafted yet executed so effortlessly. Each individual song has a beautiful pace and they rise and fall so amazingly always putting the emotion at the front and centre of the communication. The music sways from track to track with a thematic buzz and lyrically we see a lot of different stories being presented. In the tradition of Bob Dylan these songs are full of rhythmic almost beat poetry lyrical attacks that form quite a unique melodic structure although the whole Zimmerman reference point only really sums up the spirit of the lyrics and melodies on display here.
While in parts the music is playful and fun loving, there is quite a big serious side to “Come Up Invisible” and it is quite a reflective movement of music. It doesn’t weigh you down though and even when it gets intense it still has a bright pop skill resurrecting the light and playful nature that I discussed earlier. The standout track is by far the opening number “Ramp Up The Bleeding” which is just a freedom run of the purest kind. It is so glorious and is the perfect introduction to the sweet swoons that follow. Another highlight is without a doubt “Where Sleeping Ends” which is one the most revealing songs ever written by Tim Steward. I’ve spent most of my history in awe of his songwriting and this song is no exception, beautifully communicated and without being too clichéd it reminds me of everything I love about Brisbane. The centerpiece of the album though is the epic (and fuck I hate saying epic, but that is the only way to explain it) “Shine.” From the moment Skye opens her mouth to sing her song I’m in that vehicle with her, hanging on every single word and feeling my emotions rise and fall with the music. The final payoff at the end is the biggest and brightest ray of light I’d experienced in a long time, fuck it is glorious. It gave me the feeling that there is still good air to breathe in this world, and to be honest that is all I ever want music to do, make me feel beautiful.
These are only a few of the many highlights on display during the course of “Come Up Invisible” and I have to return to my previous sentiment that the album as a whole reminds me that there is good air to breathe. I know I’m repeating myself there, but fuck it, the damn phrase needs repeating when it comes to explaining how powerful the music of We All Want To is. I could sit here and write a bunch of music journalist wank or I could report the truth and the truth of the matter is “Come Up Invisible” is a flawless album from a band that is only just beginning. The collective histories of each member have made this album the masterpiece that it is. It’s not a case of doing yourself a favour it is my instruction that you absolutely must own a copy of this album and then buy a copy for your mother and then your father and then for every single person you know. I’m just planting seeds really but one thing I do know for sure is that “Come Up Invisible” by We All Want To is good for your health.”
If that doesn’t convince you about the special shine of tomorrow night’s show then you either have too much interest in protecting your very redundant “Personality Brand” from anything beautiful and honest or you are simply out of touch with the important history of Australian music. I don’t fear you, I just feel sorry for you and believe me when I say that everyone who leaves the show tomorrow night will feel changed and emotionally richer for having experienced such a unique and accurate display of how the soul of an artist is meant to be communicated through music.
God bless the fucking lot of them
By Dan Newton
When: Friday 19th April 2013
Where: Judith Wright Centre
How Much: $27.00
For Tickets Visit https://judithwrightcentre.com/event-buy/we_all_want_to_take_the_lead/
Doors & Bar 7.00pm
Set 1: 8.00 – 8.45
Set 2: 9.00 – 9.50
Bluebottle Kiss – http://www.facebook.com/BluebottleKissOfficial
Yves Klein Blue – http://www.facebook.com/yveskleinblue
Babaganouj – http://www.facebook.com/thenouj
Jeremy Neale – http://www.jeremyneale.com
Charlie Mayfair – http://www.facebook.com/charliemayfair
Inland Sea – http://www.plusonerecords.com.au/bands/inland-sea/
Danny Widdicombe – http://www.facebook.com/thewilsonpickers
Dom Miller – http://www.facebook.com/dommillermusic/
Sue Ray – http://www.sueraymusic.com
Sabrina Lawrie – http://sabrinalawrie.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/SabrinaLawrieMusicOfficial
The Slow Push – http://www.facebook.com/theslowpush
Ed Guglielmino – http://www.facebook.com/EdGug
The Good Ship – http://www.thegoodship.com.au
Seja – http://www.sejamusic.com