Feature Scene: Video Premier of Black Cockatoos by BIG MERINO

What’s My Scene magazine is proud to present the video premier of Big Merino’s latest release: Black Cockatoos.

On 2nd December, Sydney band, Big Merino, are launching their new single , Black Cockatoos, with three tracks!  They have also created a stunning video clip for Black Cockatoos, which was shot and edited by renowned director Alan Harca  (Lorde, Vogue, Nike).

As there was enough time to shoot extra footage, Harca and Big Merino created a clip for the B side of the single – the guitar laden ‘Sometimes’.

Rounding out the single is a third previously unreleased tune ‘A Day Without You’ – a fascinating track recorded with nothing more than brass and vocals it explores the band’s fascination with the music of New Orleans.

So now there are two stunning brand new videos for “Black Cockatoos” and “Sometimes” and they are being revealed in the lead up to the Black Cockatoos’ single launch at Django Bar Camelot on December 2.

BIG MERINO

Formed a little over two years ago, Big Merino play original songs that blur the lines between rock, country, blues, roots, soul, funk and grunge, while occasionally making forays into lesser known genres such as New Orleans 2nd Line.

Citing their major influences as Glen Hansard, The Frames, Jackson Browne and The Rolling Stones, songwriters Alex Craig and Stuart Davis write socially and politically-charged songs that are sometimes gentle and nostalgic and at other times nothing less than a fierce cry for revolution.

Lead singer/guitarist Stuart Davis cut his teeth singing Gospel with Tony Backhouse in Cafe at the Gates of Salvation, and brings that soulful Gospel feel to everything he does. He is joined by Alex Craig on guitar, Peter Richardson on bass and Colin Sevitt on drums.

The Suburban Wildlife album was recorded by Russell Pilling over three weeks at Damien Gerard Studios. Russell also remixed “Black Cockatoos” specially for this single release, adding some timpani tracks that weren’t on the album mix.

The album features guest performances from some of the cream of Australia’s musical talent including-
Living legend James Greening on trombone, souzaphone, euphonium, trombone, trumpet, flugelhorn and pocket cornet (the main feature of previously unreleased song ‘A Day Without You”)
Jonathan Zwartz – Double Bass
Johnny G – from Johnny G and the E-Types on piano, organ and accordion
Jess Ciampa – Australia’s most sought after percussionist
Michel Rose – pedal steel (The Catholics) and finally a string quartet from the Sydney Chamber Orchestra

“Great songs, great songwriting and the best of it full of a real sincerity and commitment.”
Michael Smith – Rhythms 
“‘Sometimes’ with its soaring backing vocals is one of the most powerful rock songs I’ve heard in many years. ‘Black Cockatoos’ with the string quartet and a brilliant guitar work by Alex Craig is destined to become an Australian classic.” Peter Winkler 

BIG MERINO
Black Cockatoos Single
Official Release All Digital Platforms via MGM
November 2 2018

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