GARAGELAND - SCORPIO RIGHTING
Foodchain FCR0006- CD
Scorpio Righting was recorded over an eight-month period at a semi- outdoor roofless studio overlooking the beautiful black sands Kare Kare Beach in New Zealand (the beach made famous in the Oscar- winning movie The Piano),. The band could literally feel the sun on their guitar playing fingers and the sand between their toes. The studio had not been used by any band since Crowed House recorded their "Together Alone" album. The recording process was said to be laid- back, but at times strangely chaotic. One morning at 4 am, the locals were amazed to see the band and producer unwind long black cords down to the beach to record guitars and vocals; their plan was to capture beach air in the live acoustics, but the recording was abruptly cut short when the tide came rushing in! After all, this is the band that recorded their album, "Do What You Want", at Neil Finn’s (Crowded House front man, Split Enz and solo artist, fame) Roundhead studios in Aukland . Before that the band toured eighteen months playing over 300 gigs around the globe, even clubs in the US. Their singles broke into the UK Indie Top 10 and the us College charts! "Last Exit to Garageland" was their debut, these guys have recorded three gold albums in new Zealand for well- regarded indie Flying Nun Records, which now includes their new album Scorpio Righting. Oh yeah, "Do What You Want" became a critically-acclaimed album yielding the band’s highest charting New Zealand single "Not Empty" and their biggest pop crossover hit with "Kiss It All Goodbye." If you have not heard it, you can by all means start with the new "Scorpio Righting" brought to you by your local independent record store. The hook- laden indie-rock band has received critical acclaim in the United States for its first two albums "Last Exit to Garageland" and "Do What You Want" (2001), released in the US by Foodchain Records. The band has been playing on college radio in recent years, last year hitting top 5 on specialty radio with the pop gem "Kiss It All Goodbye". While touring in summer of 2001, the band began a ritualistic nightly viewing of the motion picture The Last Waltz, which impacted the direction of Scorpio Righting. Garageland recorded the new album at Kare Kare Studios with Malcolm Welsford (Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Bic Runga), belting out 12 pop classics from a plethora of about 40 songs! The idea to leave the city was inspired by the movie The Last Waltz, the Martin Scorsese film about the last performance of The Band. Garageland members watched it every night on tour and fell in love with the whole ‘go to the country and record whatever feels right’ vibe. After watching the film, the band would play Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills and Nash songs on acoustic guitars until dawn. Eade says, "Scorpio Righting is us exploring other sides of our record collection. Sometimes it’s good to turn your back on established tired ways and return to something a bit more pure and honest. This is a pure album; the lyrics, melodies and singing are my best yet. I want to write music for true music lovers!" Garageland slowly crafted a beautiful, big old- fashioned rock’n roll album. Halfway through the sessions, Foodchain Records decided to release "Do What You Want" in North America. Garageland soon embarked on a successful promotional tour of the US in support of the album, and singer song- writer Jeremy Eade along with guitarist-mandolin player Dave Goodison stayed behind a few weeks more to perform some acoustic dates. The L. A. Times reviewed Jeremy’s acoustic performance, giving an enthusiastic review with glowing comparisons to rock’n roll singer songwriters Paul McCartney and Paul Simon! Rolling Stone magazine raved about the band’s "sparkling sing- along pop" and "clever resonant lyrics," while Billboard, praised Eade’s "brilliant vocal prowess" and "highly recommended" the album. Upon returning to New Zealand, Garageland completed Scorpio Righting, a heart- warming tribute (in Eade’s own words) to their folk- rock influences. With a combination of rocking Stones-styled riffs, weeping country-fied pop ballads and a dash of indie- rock irreverence. Scorpio Righting is an accomplished homage to the past with a modern twist. And… to these ears, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that! As Jeremy Eade says, "Give me something I can believe in… yeah…"