grumpy neighbour's lazy dawg, and grumpy neighbour for that matter, play contemporary old time fauxlk’n’roll. Throw in a bit of colonial gothic and an element of cheeky larrikan for good measure, among others, and that’s a good starting point. Their’s is a narrative steeped in the blood, sweat and stories of a country and a myth and brought to fruition in a rich soil of finely manured imagination. grumpy neighbour and their lazy dawg are folk from the country, and then some.
For those who are not familiar with the music, or are just discovering contemporary old time fauxlk ’n’ roll, here’s a guide to the recorded material of grumpy neighbour.
A Listeners Guide to
Due to the large amount of material generated by the band, the albums only reflect a small proportion of the repertoire. There are two distinct but related listening experiences, those being the live show and the recorded songs.
There are three released and available albums to date, and more on the drawing board. Each album is predicated on a thematically coherent concept in its construction and part of that is to lead on, as organically as possible, to the next recording.
In this way it is intended to become narrative that, in time, will develop into a body of work that is consistent in approach and development.
The first album ‘sheep manure $2 a bag, bullshit for free’ encompasses a strong individual theme, for the most part being wit and whimsy but it also encompasses several sobering ideas that lead directly to its follow up, ‘boy sitting on a bag of potatoes’.
This is a more complex album, dealing with relationships and the things that bind us. There is a more subtle and sensitive approach over this entire album yet, again, there are a couple of suggestions of something a bit more powerful on its way and setting things up for Judas Ute.
Judas Ute was born of the road, in the dark. It is a journey album.
Recording on the next album, working as ‘songs from big rocky’ will go into preparation later in 2012.
the live show, now that's another thing entirely as there is so much more material from which draw upon.
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