Central Rain: Cold Turkey On Christmas Day

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Central Rain is the brainchild of Melbourne musician Luke Thomas, his first solo project in a life of being in bands that began when he packed his bags and ran away from home at sixteen to join Brisbane’s Lavish. The intervening years have seen the development of a major songwriting talent and a refreshingly honest approach to performance. Central Rain’s wistful melodies and sharp hooks are the antidote to autotune, a fresh, organic feast in a sea of McDonald’s mass-production. Atmospheric and reflective, the songs are rich with melody and a turn of phrase that reaches into the influential well of writers such as Steve Kilbey, Neil Finn and the late Grant McLennan. It’s a natural place to be in a career spanning so many different genres and experiences.

Lavish was a teenage bass player’s rock’n’roll dream. Signed to Festival Mushroom, they had a string of commercial successes (including a manic cover of Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’). But when the dream ended, Thomas used the last of his dwindling funds to defect to Melbourne with just a suitcase and his guitar, getting a mate to truck his bass amp down just in time to audition for Davey Lane’s band The Pictures. Squeezing recording and tours in between Lane’s You Am I commitments, The Pictures released several critically acclaimed EPs and two full-length albums, and shared stages with the likes of The Killers, The Libertines, Jet, The Posies, Teenage Fanclub, Sloan, the Black Keys and Evan Dando.

As guitarist, lead vocalist and producer of his own band, Deserters, Thomas stepped out of Lane’s shadow to shine the light on his own evocative, well-crafted songs. They released an EP and a mini-album independently and two full-length albums on Popboomerang Records, garnering high praise from reviewers nationwide. In 2010 they were selected by Rolling Stone as one of the “13 Aussie Acts to Watch” for the year. After the release of the band’s second album “Quay Of Sea”, Thomas found that the songs he was writing had begun to evolve away from the established Deserters sound and a new direction was needed.

While largely a solo venture, Central Rain draws on contributions from bandmates and friends including Mal Pinkerton (The Ronson Hangup), Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett) and vocalists Elly-may Barnes and Kate Martin. Never one to pander to mainstream radio tastes, Thomas writes from the heart and the songs are produced without bells, whistles or studio trickery to stand on their own merit. “Cold Turkey On Christmas Day” is the lead-off track from Central Rain’s forthcoming debut EP, due for release in 2015 on Popboomerang Records.

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released November 26, 2014

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Popboomerang Australia

Australian music label founded by Scott Thurling and releasing its first CD in 2002 with over 80 recordings to date.

Specialising in melodic pop, jangle, folk and rock and predominantly working with Australian bands with the aim to building their careers locally & internationally.

Artists include Skipping Girl Vinegar, Georgia Fields, The Aerial Maps, Celadore, Bon Scotts, Tamas Wells & Tim Reid
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