Their title ought to have already alerted you to the fact that this can be a band that is aware of its music historical past – and who wouldn’t need to title themselves after a tune by Leonard Cohen? The actual fact that the core members have slightly historical past themselves also needs to warn you to count on high quality in the CD that accompanies this press launch – and why not?
Singer/songwriter Wayne Gillespie has been making high quality music in Australia since CBS launched his second album New Areas right here again in 1987, and was already a favorite son again in his native New Zealand for just a few years earlier than that, whereas drummer/percussionist Rob Grosser has fired the engine room of quite a lot of data since he emerged from Adelaide, having labored with a few of Australia’s finest musicians together with the late Pete Wells of Rose Tattoo, Jimmy Barnes, Tim Gaze , Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne/Gary Moore) in addition to abroad artists comparable to Bob Margolin (ex- Muddy Waters), and Deep Purple ‘s Jon Lord, Ian Gillian and Steve Morse.
So, how did they change into Well-known Blue Raincoat? Like all good things, it began with the tip of one other band. Again in ’95, Wayne and Rob had been enjoying collectively in a three-piece referred to as Passionfish, releasing an EP,
Love Comes Down andpromoting Gillespie’s third album Dwelling in Exile. When the bass participant moved on, the musical chemistry instructed Wayne and Rob keep in contact. They began jamming a couple of days per week, recording what got here up and seeing the place it will lead. It was a brand new means of writing for Wayne, accustomed to being the solo acoustic singer/songwriter with folk-rock roots, but strapping on an electrical guitar and enjoying alongside to the grooves Rob laid down made excellent sense.
Life inevitably received in the best way, relationships blossomed, kids arrived, as did new profession for Gillespie as an Leisure Psychologist. Subsequent factor you realize years had passed. Nonetheless the jam tracks had been nonetheless there, honed into actual songs by Wayne and enhanced with the assistance of some buddies who had been referred to as in, like sax participant Ric Robertson (dig/eon/Baecastuff), with whom Gillespie had performed again in New Zealand, as he had American guitarist now Zealander Nigel Gavin, who’d performed in Robert Fripp’s League Of Artful Guitarists, whereas bass participant Goby Catt, now dwelling in Vancouver, Canada, was a pal from the Slide McBride Band, and one other Kiwi (whose credit embody Van Morrison, Sting and Ray Charles) Brendan Energy on harmonica.
So the album FRAZZ concoction of Folks/Rock/Jazz- Tracks with traces of Rock-edge, spiced with cheeky surrealism, Jazz juices, Folks reverence, African flavours, Hypnotic Grooves and Darkish Tales.