Scene News: Superb new album from The Gadflys due next week

Their first album in 19 years. It contains eleven tracks and is called Love & Despair. It’s magnificent. It’s released this week. You need it in your life. Out of the badlands of faded dreams, between the brutalist piles and suburban seams the Gadflys headed up the Hume from Canberra to Newtown in the days when songs came in mix tapes and every day brought a new band and a different sound. Their music was as fresh then as it is now. Good News Week brought them to a national audience.  Now, this new platter from the Gaddies is its own reward. Tribal rhythms and cool bass lines. T. Rex on Alligator Wine! Vocal growls and howls, lugubrious clarinet figures flung up like water sculptures. Mongrel Jazz, that’s what Mick Moriarty calls it! Cigarettes and whisky, hot chips and a can of passiona. LOVE & DESPAIR. Work on the album began in September 2017 at Phil Moriarty’s home studio in the small Southern NSW town of Candelo.  In October 2017, Phil Moriarty, clarinet player and founding member was hospitalised following a heart attack and had a stent put in to unblock an artery. By Christmas Eve he had recovered sufficiently to consider playing a gig and was booked to play an evening show at the Tathra Pub. Three songs into the first set he suddenly collapsed onto the floor in cardiac arrest. Health professionals at the scene applied CPR for nearly 20 minutes whilst a frantic publican sourced a defibrillator from the local surf club. He was shocked twice and regained consciousness as an ambulance arrived. He was then taken to Bega Hospital and flown to Canberra. In Canberra he had a battery-powered defibrillator installed in his chest due to the increased likelihood of cardiac arrest attendant to scarring on the heart caused by the original heart attack. A year later the Gadflys picked up where they had left off and got back to work recording the album, albeit with an increased sense of purpose and urgency as well as a desire to make a really good record.  Love & Despair is the title of the album, taken from the second track on the album, and is, a little spookily, the song Moriarty was singing when he collapsed in 2017. The band is very proud of the record and pleased that Phil not only was able to finish it but is also well enough to go on the road and perform with them.

DECEMBER DATES:
FRIDAY 6 – HERITAGE HOTEL, BULLI
SATURDAY 7 – THE FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 8 – THE BRASS MONKEY, CRONULLA
SATURDAY 14 – ROYAL THEATRE, CASTLEMAINE
SUNDAY 15 – THE SPOTTED MALLARD, MELBOURNE

LISTEN HERE: https://thegadflysofficial.bandcamp.com/album/love-and-despair-2

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