In the bag in 12 hours

HARD SLOG: Newcastle rockers dave worked 12 hours a day in the studio recording with former Nirvana producer Steve Albini in Chicago.
HARD SLOG: Newcastle rockers dave worked 12 hours a day in the studio recording with former Nirvana producer Steve Albini in Chicago.

NEWCASTLE rock band dave hope to attract record label interest after returning from the US with their debut album, Slob Stories.

The 10 tracks were recorded over four days in the Chicago studio of producer Steve Albini, who famously worked on Nirvana’s In Utero and with The Pixies, The Dirty Three and Veruca Salt.  

The album is currently being mastered in the US and takes its name from a comical slip of the tongue by drummer Gabriel Argiris.

“I thought we might have to settle for eight or nine songs, but we got it all done and it was better than I thought it was going to be, to be honest,” dave frontman Noah Church said.

“I didn’t know how we’d be working with him [Albini]. I’d heard all the stories. He was so nice and had no ego at all and it turned out exactly how we wanted.”

Church was amazed by Albini’s work ethic, which included recording the album in a 12-hour session. 

“It’s really raw and live and that’s what we wanted to do and why we went there,” he said.

HIGH ROTATION

AIRPLAY: The honky-tonk single, Sunny Side, off Ben Leece's debut country album is on high rotation at ABC Country. Picture supplied

AIRPLAY: The honky-tonk single, Sunny Side, off Ben Leece's debut country album is on high rotation at ABC Country. Picture supplied

A SINGLE from Ben Leece’s debut recording No Wonder the World is Exhausted is getting airplay. The past few weeks has seen ABC Country jump on board to add the swinging, honky-tonk album track Sunny Side to high rotation. 

 "I wrote Sunny Side feeling like it was time men should just shut up and listen to women,” Leece said.

“I feel like maybe I had been conditioned to perhaps hold male song-writers in a higher regard, but in recent years I find myself being more and more inspired by women. 

Sunny Side is kind of a plea - I promise to shut up and listen if you show me the world from your perspective."

No Wonder the World is Exhausted is available on digital platforms. 

REMEMBERED

NEWCASTLE act Headbin is dedicating its December 21 performance at the Wickham Park Hotel to the memory of well known drummer Drew Mellor, who died this month.

Mellor was the original drummer in Headbin. He also performed in Moonscape and Anagram. 

The 51-year-old had been living in Adelaide in recent years, where he worked as a data scientist. 

The gig starts at 9pm. Entry is free. 

 – Josh Leeson and Melinda McMillan