Beginning with 2005’s ‘Not Worth Waiting For’, Ladder has released five critically acclaimed LPs and has toured extensively both in Australia and overseas, playing with the likes of Bill Callahan, John Cale, The Killers and Weyes Blood.
2021 marks the 10th anniversary of his watershed album Hurtsville, originally released on the venerated Spunk Records. Recorded in the dead of winter in a rural NSW mansion, it left behind the shuffling soul of its predecessor (the Australian Music Prize shortlisted ‘Love is Gone’) for an austere chronicle of longing and loss. Produced by Burke Reid (The Drones, Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin), it also marked his first collaboration with backing The Dreamlanders – an idiosyncratic group comprised of Kirin J Callinan (guitar), Donny Benet(bass) and Laurence Pike (drums). The album achieved damning reviews and widespread critical acclaim, again being shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize. It’s centre piece, the remarkable ‘Cold Feet’ was awarded Song Of The Year by Mess and Noise (RIP).
The Hurtsville re-issue is available on vinyl and tape now via Endless Recordings. Buy it here. Streaming across all digital platforms from Friday April 30th.