Scene News: Jack Ladder – ‘Hurtsville’ 10 Year Re-Issue + Demos Out Now

JACK LADDER

‘HURTSVILLE’ RE-ISSUE, DEMOS & ‘HURT BOOK’ ESSAYS

OUT NOW VIA ENDLESS RECORDINGS

LAUNCH SHOWS IN MELBOURNE & SYDNEY IN MAY W/ SPECIAL GUEST SARAH MARY CHADWICK

Photo: Mclean Stephenson

Today, Jack Ladder shares the reissue of his 2011 magnum opus Hurtsville, out to the world now on limited edition vinyl via Endless Recordings. Also included are Ladder’s original Hurtsville demos, a intriguing document of the album’s genesis. Purchase the remaining copies of the vinyl here. The release will be available across all digital platforms next Friday, April 30th.

The re-release is accompanied by Hurt Book’, a collection of never before seen photos, lyrics and other ephemera, combined with essays and testimonials about the album from the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Lloyd Cole and Alex Cameron.

‘Hurt Book’ Excerpt

Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders will be revisiting Hurtsville for the first time since its release this May, taking you through the depths of despair, and lifting you into the great heights of self-actualisation. Featuring the original band members, this is a performance for return travellers and new arrivals alike. Special guest performing at both shows will be Sarah Mary Chadwick.

The Forum, Melbourne

w/ Sarah Mary Chadwick

Factory Theatre, Sydney

w/ Sarah Mary Chadwick

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.

Praise for Hurtsville

“Hurtsville sounds like Hurtsville – It’s honest rich & like nothing else” – (Inpress)

“Ladder continues to thrill, frustrate and intrigue” – Beat Magazine

“A terrifying wasp-factory novella of disgust” – The Age

“Taking subversion to another level” – VICE

5 stars – Time Out

4 stars – The Australian

3 stars – Sun Herald

2 stars – Sydney Morning Herald

“HURTSVILLE is just too lonely” – Sydney Morning Herald

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