Album SOTU available now on Spotify, other platforms to follow soon. Recorded at Echidna Studios in 2017-2018. Mixed and Mastered by Greg MacMillan. Produced by Tim Roberts and Nigel Cadzow. Special thanks to Angela DeBono, Karen White and Angie McMillan for backing/additional vocals, Denis Bainbridge for artwork and Helen Cadzow for photos.
Song 1.Killing Me. Have you ever had a crush on someone, but not been in a position to do anything about it?
Song 3. Don't Feel so Bad. This is a very old song, written around 1989-90, and it kind of encompassed where we were at the time. Melbourne, Rock bands, break-ups, drugs, alcohol. We survived that phase, mainly by luck. Backing vocals by Angie MacMillan
Song 4. Eyes too dry. A song inspired by the graphic novel of the same name. Sometimes you have mental health issues that overwhelm your ability to respond to outside events, leaving you unable to provide support to those closest to you when they need it. Backing vocals by Angela Debono
Song 5. Gods of Humility. Timmaay says: "This song evolved in a rather strange way. I had been messing aroung with the line "The people bowed and prayed to the humble gods on stage" (instead of "neon god they made") in a silly rewrite of Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence". The words "Gods of Humility" kept tumbling around in my brain until I had to put pen to paper and release them to the world. I had never writen a song from the title out before and somehow it became about how I was improving my sanity and actually enjoying and living life fully by no longer having a television, Netflix, Stan, Fred, Ginger, or any media or manufactured personal brand imaging. I found that by not living through or connected to any social or old school media, I was free from negativity, socially induced fear and unwanted opinions. I was picturing the typical plastic, fake cult of the TV celebrity Newsreaders. One male, one female, spinning the usual bullshit on the screen, as I threw it from the top floor of a high rise hotel somewhere." Backing voclas by Angela Debono, Karen White and Angie MacMillan
Song 2. Noodle. Nige says: "I had been listening to a bit of Radio Birdman, and thinking about the way their songs were written, which led me to think "How would I have written a Radio Birdman song?", which got me thinking their stuff was cutting edge in the seventies, but now it has become cliche, because everyone has done it since, because it was good, so it evolved into a song about the rock cliche's" Backing vocals by Angela Debono
Song 7. Neighbours. Nige says: "Back in about 91 - 92, when we first got together as a band, I was living in a share house, it was an inner city terrace, with a common wall to the house next door. The neighbours in that house did not speak English as a first language, and no one in my house was fluent in their language. They used to yell a lot. Still have no idea if there was domestice violence occuring or if it was just passionate communication. If it was happening today, would I investigate further to see if an intervention was required? I don't like to stick my nose in where it doesn't belong, but domestic violence victims need someone to stick up for them"
Song 8. Black Hole Cryptic. Timmay says: "This was the first song I wrote for the band, then called Scaramanga. I wrote it when I was in a black hole of my own creation. It was 1993 and feeling disconnected from self and others while at the same time surrounded by friends. I hadn't worked out or even begin to understand that I had to connect with self before I could connect with others. I was searching and hoping external, uncontrollable forces, like relationships, sex, drugs or rock and roll, would satisfy and fulfil me. It was futile and though I wasn't severley depressed that night, just disconnected and alone, I started writing in a stream of conciousness. The lyrics tumbled out and then I picked up my guitar and in about 10 minutes I had a perfect simple melodic rif and cruisey chorus. A "Black hole" was born and still no light escapes its clutches. Get close to it and time slows down. get too close and risk spagettification."
Song 6. The World Turns. 2 people find a degree of solace in each other's arms, in an uncaring world that considers them irrelevant.
Song 9. Timmy. Nige says: "Say no to drugs kids!" "I had been watching the "Draft Dodgers" at a gig, and Tim Roger's stage persona that night inspired the lyrics. Disclaimer: I have no personal relationship with Mr Rogers, and he has never asked me to play in any of his bands. Nor should the content of this song be taken to indicate Mr Rogers has any personal experience with, or knowledge of, any of the drugs mentioned in this song. It was just a bit of fun, and in no way serious as a song!"
Song 10. My Friend Kim Made my a Sandwich. Nige says: "Have you ever been really wasted, and realised you were hungry, but in no condition to do anything about it? This song was inspired by an incident that happened a long, long time ago."
Song 11. Cornflakes. Nige says: "A song inspired by some of Timmaay's failed relationships! One day he quoted a conflakes TV ad, "It's like the sun, well, the sun is not always there, but conrflakes are!" It occurred to me that relationships often fail when one person is faithful and the other person is not. The faithful one is the conrflakes.
Song 12. Alive. Tim says: "This song is about coming back to life after finally being so emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually bankrupt that I wanted to die. What a gift, with no choice but to "Grow or Die", I found my connection to the universe and tuned in to the positive frequency of universal consciousness in a sudden, and what I believe was spontaneous, Kundalini awakening. I woke up, fell into my body and I haven't left yet."