Baxter Dury, Rising Festival, The Forum, 7th June 2022 by Mary Boukouvalas
Musician, writer and Renaissance man Baxter Dury releases ‘Celebrate Me‘, the third track from his forthcoming seventh studio album I Thought I Was Better Than You. Due for release Friday, June 2 through Heavenly Recordings, the album is produced by Paul White, celebrated for his work in Golden Rules and with the likes of Charli XCX and Danny Brown.

On his new track, Baxter said: “[It’s a] stream of consciousness rant about being predictably bohemian, west London-ish and attention seeking.”

Baxter Dury’s latest album, I Thought I Was Better Than You, is a new era for him, and with this new era comes a new character. “Faux-confrontational,” Baxter calls him. Here, not only is he recounting his childhood, but he’s also reckoning with it. Instead of just swinging at his past blindfolded with a baseball bat, he talks openly about the toxic cocktail of being born into unfortunately fortunate circumstances, with a persuasive surname but no structure or sense of responsibility with which reap the rewards of it. “Really, it’s about being trapped in an awkward place between something you’re actually quite good at, and somebody else’s success.” That ‘somebody else’ being his dad, Ian Dury. As one of the album centrepieces – ‘Shadow‘ – agonisingly puts it: “But no one will get over that you’re someone’s son / Even though you want to be like Frank Ocean / But you don’t sound like him, you sound just like Ian.”I Thought I Was Better Than You by Baxter Dury
is out June 2 on Heavenly Recordings

Photo credit: Tom Beard

Snap Scene: Baxter Dury, Rising Festival, The Forum, 7th June 2022 by Mary Boukouvalas

Balearic crooner, glamourous punk, acerbic poet—Baxter Dury’s persona is kitted out in many finely-tailored guises. A villain with a heart of gold, Dury is a hopeless romantic, wading through filthy gutters in search of the transcendent.

Over two decades Baxter Dury has performed something of a sneak attack, compiling a formidable catalogue of scuzzy disco, French-inflected house music, and shuddering post-punk that can kick you right in the tear ducts. Yes, Dury’s old man Ian is an icon of British music (that’s a tiny Baxter on the cover of New Boots and Panties!!), but Dury has crafted his own world, one that treasures the women who truly raised him.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos,,,, She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.