Q&A Scene: Charlie Marshall

Tell us about your new single/album/tour?
My new album Sublime is a scientific concept album about the wonders of the universe and the beauty of our planet. Side one is ‘Physics’, a poetic look at the workings of the cosmos. Side two is ‘Ecology’ about our incredible planet and how we need to take much better care of it. I’m promoting it with a national tour starting in Melbourne in June.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Click to read the album review

I am sure this is the best album I have made. I feel like I’ve finally really got things together with this one.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote…
I did an East Coast tour with The Body Electric in January. My bass player Bryan and drummer Brett are really into Yowies, or Bogfoots (I am…er…not!). They were looking out the window of the car all the time saying stuff like “looks like good Yowie country round here” and “there was a sighting near here in1977” and so on. We got to Brisbane for our first gig at The Junk Bar, I’ve totally had enough of hearing about this stuff. We walk in and the whole place is decked out like a log cabin in America with Big Foot photos, posters and other memorabilia all over the walls. I couldn’t believe it. They were stunned into silence for a while and then spent the rest of the night deep in animated conversation with the owner. It was all I could do to drag them up on stage to do the gig!
What, or who, inspires you?
In the liner notes of the new album I write: “Sublime was inspired by the books, music, documentaries and lives of so many wondrous, curious, exuberant minds, in particular – Brian Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Dylan, Brian Cox, David Attenborough, Jacob Bronowski, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Bill Bryson, Jane Goodall, Stephen Jay Gould, Lynn Margulis, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Michael Faraday, Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Marie Curie, Edwin Hubble, Charles Darwin, Alfred Wallace…”

Which song do you wish you wrote?

“God Only Knows” The Beach Boys
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Sumptuous vegetarian slow food that reveals it’s depth and subtlety over time.
What’s next for you?
A national tour promoting Sublime and then the challenge of making the next album even better.
What’s your scene?
Quirky, sciency, nerdy, charming, and cool!

About Charlie Marshall

Saturday 17th June sees two of Australia’s great singer songwriters playing on the same stage. Charlie Marshall and Ross McLennan performing in extended band format with a host of Melbourne’s most talented musicians sounds like a perfect night out.

Coming together for a night of wonderful music to launch the new Charlie Marshall album Sublime, The Spotted Mallard on Sat 17th June is the place to be.

Melbourne singer, songwriter and science teacher Charlie Marshall has produced a fascinating new album Sublime which is a unique fusion of music, science, philosophy and politics extolling the wonders of our universe. Formerly of much-loved Melbourne bands Harem Scarem and The Body Electric, Charlie is joined by new line-up The Curious Minds featuring Clare Moore (Dave Graney ‘n the Coral Snakes), Bryan Colechin (The Body Electric, Hugo Race True Spirit), Tim Deane (Ron Peno & the Superstitions), Andrew Watson (Slow Dissolve) and Brett Polliness (Hugo Race True Spirit).

Accompanying the band for this very special show will be will be a host of other great musicians who feature on the album – brass section comprising Jack Howard (Hunters and Collectors) and James Macauley, Ghanian percussionist Kofi Kunkpe, and backing vocalists Emily Hayes and Flip Case.

Support is from another great Melbourne songwriter and kindred spirit Ross McLennan and The New World. Formerly of Snout, Ross plays his first show in two years and will also perform with an extended 10 piece band lineup for this unmissable night.

Don’t miss Charlie Marshall and Ross McLen- nan at the Spotted Mallard on Sat 17th June, with a smattering of other highly acclaimed musicians melding together the world of science and mu- sic in Charlie’s inimitable, engaging way. Pre-sales $15 via Moshtix or $20 on the door if available.

Charlie Marshall & the Curious Minds

with support from Ross McLennan and The New World

The Spotted Mallard
314 Sydney Road Brunswick
Sat June 17
Doors at 8pm
$15 pre sale tickets via Moshtix/$20 door

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