Melbourne pop/rock group Deserters return with their sophomore album QUAY OF SEA, their definitive music statement to date.
As indicated by the hopeful title, QUAY OF SEA brings it all back home to simple pleasures, radiant down-home joys and universal fears. It is apparent from the initial guitar strum that this is an album that concentrates on music, not trends. This Melbourne-based band combines the high lonesome aspects of melancholia with the rough-edged, pining soulfulness of Ryan Adams/Wilco country-rock and the spirit of modern rock. Deserters bind it all together with sweet harmonies, infectiously strong melodies and a powerful narrative sensibility. Whether the subject is unabashed love, hopelessness or undefined emotion, it is presented with a raw energy and verve.
While the band's debut set 'Pale Morning' (2009) perfected a more traditional brand of country-rock, their second record is marvelously eclectic, both musically and emotionally. QUAY OF SEA opens with Hitchhiker, with it’s Creedence-esque guitar riff behind a rolling groove and an ambiguous vocal delivery from singer/songwriter Luke Thomas. Vacant Sea delivers a Neil Finn like melody over a hypnotic bass groove, crashing with waves of shimmering, jangly guitar. New single ...And I'll Sleep Tonight is a soaring pop song, all rockin and rollicking with Dallas Gale displaying his Johnny Greenwood-esque guitar prowess . Takin' Me Back sees a more stripped back acoustic sound while Beneath The Sun with it's lush garden of harmonies is all Beatles psychadelic and dreamy. The first single from the album, Lemon Kicks, is a catchy slice of power pop with a riff that sticks in your head for days. While Stars Burn with it's Zep heavy guitar riff also contrasts with close-knit harmonies featuring Sydney local Elly-May Barnes. Takin' me back is a quietly stirring singalong anthem, with mixing input from Victor Van Vugt (Cave, Nick; Harvey, PJ; Panics)
QUAY OF SEA is a perfect Spring/Summer album. A collection of (in a perfect world) pop/rock indie anthems glued seamlessly together by a few reflective and moodier moments.
released January 1, 2000
released 29 September 2012
Deserters are: Luke Thomas (vocals, piano, acoustic & electric guitars); Xain Milke (Bass, organ); Dallas Gale (electric guitars); Dave Mudie (drums); Additional personnel: Mal Pinkerton (piano, keys); Elly-May Barnes (backing vocals); Produced by Luke Thomas and Xain Milke. Recorded at Hothouse, St. Kilda, Melbourne and O'hea St. Manor, Coburg, Melbourne. Mixed by Jeff Lovejoy (Tex Perkins, Powderfinger) at Blackbox, Brisbane, Queensland and Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, P.J Harvey, The Panics), Grace studios, New York, USA.