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Grumpy Neighbour

Grumpy Neighbour

Grumpy Neighbour


Grumpy Neighbour is a Melbourne based band consisting of Glendon Blazely and Ray Bassett - two Tasmanian exiles in the big city. Grumpy Neighbour's self-titled release has an essentially laid-back country feel, though the lyrical content is strikingly broader than the traditional fare of trains, trucks, lost loves and dead dogs. Talented songwriters Glendon Blazely and Ray Bassett have created several smart, funny twists on some well known themes Read more on Last.fm
Grumpy Neighbour is a Melbourne based band consisting of Glendon Blazely and Ray Bassett - two Tasmanian exiles in the big city. Grumpy Neighbour's self-titled release has an essentially laid-back country feel, though the lyrical content is strikingly broader than the traditional fare of trains, trucks, lost loves and dead dogs. Talented songwriters Glendon Blazely and Ray Bassett have created several smart, funny twists on some well known themes (Four Word Letter and Why I Ran Away From The Circus) laid over the smooth flowing sounds of soulful pedal steel and dobro along with some happily clattering banjo and chirpy mandolin. Some well-placed trumpet and trombone on a few tracks adds a bit of a german-rellies-go-South-American-party-time flavour and The Neighbours venture bravely into the sound world of psychedelia for track 11, Night Flight to Pillar Villa, about a couple of their charming little night-time neighbours.

The resonant quality of the sexy lead vocal is nostalgically reminiscent of the guy from Jackson Code - whatever did happen to that fine Sydney band??:-) Anyhow, back to the task at hand - singles seem to be a bit out of fashion these days, but if you had to choose one from this fine debut album then Back Seat Driver, Grumpy Neighbour's song about a grumpy bastard would have to be up there. Hard to select just one from a dozen excellent tracks though, my personal favourite would have to be Trouble; and dyed in the wool country and western fans will love Land Grab, a little story about a poorly educated cowboy making a lonesome stand against the evils of his narrow world - remind you of anyone you know? Yippee-yi-yaaay, here we go again... Grumpy Neighbour is a fine debut album with very high production values. The cover promises sheep manure for $2 a bag, and bullshit for free.

The CD will set you back $25 (or AUS$17 on iTunes), but if you like a bit of independent, quirky country by an Aussie band that'll be worth keeping an eye on, you won't regret the investment. review by Julie Barnes for indie-cds.com 2006 Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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