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Tumbleweed 30th Anniversary Tour

March 9, 2022

Tumbleweed add an extra show and announce their old mates and fellow ’90s fuzz monsters Fridge as special guests on their upcoming 30th anniversary tour.

There’s a buzz in the air. Tumbleweed are set to continue the celebrations of their 30th anniversary as a band with a national  tour. And with the announcement of an added show in Ballarat, the band has also announced old mates Fridge as their special guest on the tour.

Volta, Ballarat, Fri 22 April – tickets
Westernport Hotel, San Remo, Vic, Sat 23 April – tickets
The Croxton, Melbourne, Sun 24 April – tickets
Crowbar, Sydney, Fri 6 May – tickets
The Triffid, Brisbane, Sat 4 June – tickets
The Gov, Adelaide, Sun 12 June – tickets

Tumbleweed 30th Anniversary Tour

Fridge – who started out in Tasmania in 1991 before moving to Melbourne – shared many a bill with the Weed early on, as well a mutual love of fuzz. Known for popular albums like Space Junk and Cactus, the band also shared bills with the likes of the Cosmic Psychos, Spiderbait, Bored!, Hard-Ons, Celibate Rifles, Meanies and a young You Am I – as well as Iggy Pop and Monster Magnet. Tumbleweed are thrilled to have them on board.

Tumbleweed’s Richie says: “We had heard rumours about this band of fuzzed out long hairs from Tassie, but the first time I saw them was the Meanies’ Gangrenous launch at the Club in Collingwood in 92. I remember rocking up to the gig and we were hit by an almighty wall of warm fuzz and hair and human bodies heaving. They were certainly drawing from a common well as us. Backstage we hit it off immediately with our shared love of music and we have remained firm friends ever since. Both Al and Phil have played in Tumbleweed at various stages over the years, and Al played in Richie and the Creeps and in my Richie and Friends solo shows a few years back. Phil is now living in Wollongong and is our live mixer these days. Squiz is now famous as the guitarist in King Parrot and he still rocks up to every Melbourne show and sleeps on our couch and Tony was the one that got away to greener pastures, so it’ll be great to drag him out of his Tasmanian hibernation! They are our brothers!  Fridge for the first time in 25 years! What a way to celebrate our 30th Birthday!”

Tumbleweed

THIRTY YEARS ON…

30 years used to be a long time in rock’n’roll. When Tumbleweed began in 1991, if you were to look back 30 years you would happen upon a time prior to Beatlemania, when rock’n’roll was still buzzing from Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Elvis!

A lot can happen in three decades, but paradoxically, sometimes very little changes.

Tumbleweed exploded into the 90s with astounding vigour and vim; from the humble village of Tarrawanna in Wollongong NSW, Tumbleweed were desperate to break the shackles of their steel town and take their sounds to the world.

They meant business from the get-go and had already built a network of friends in Seattle, just as the fuse was lit before the big grunge explosion. Mark Arm from Mudhoney produced the first single “Captain’s Log”/”Space Friends” (1991) and it was mixed by Jack Endino at Reciprocal in Seattle. Tumbleweed back then were three Curley brothers, Lenny, Jay and Dave with Richie Lewis on drums. The band transformed before the release of the first single with Paul Hausmeister and Steve O’Brien – previously of Wollongong 60s garage punks The Unheard – joining the band and Richie becoming the lead singer.

With this new and invigorating 5-piece line up, the band developed their sound and pioneered a new era in Australian rock’n’roll, with the rapid fire of releases “Stoned”/”Holy Moses” 7” (1991), Theatre of Gnomes EP (1992) and Weedseed EP (1992) all dominating the alternative charts, and a non-stop touring schedule supporting just about every band in the spotlight, from Fugazi to Nirvana to Iggy Pop. The momentum led to the band signing directly to Atlantic Records in America. For a moment it seemed that they were destined to take on the world; they toured England with Mudhoney and played the Astoria in London with the Lemonheads, and on a quick showcase tour in the US they played New York’s legendary CBGBs.

Back in Australia they were on tour when their debut album was released entering the charts at #12.

By the end of the Australian tour, the band’s original manager quit.

Atlantic records dropped them shortly after and the overseas opportunities inevitably dried up.

Tumbleweed then concentrated their efforts on Australia, finding a new label in Polydor and released a single “Daddy Long Legs” (1994) and second album Galactaphonic (1995). They toured to sell-out crowds and seemed to be sailing sweetly when they foolishly kicked out guitarist Paul Hausmeister. Steve left out of solidarity.

Lenny, Jay and Richie continued on with various other members through the third album Return to Earth (1996), which spawned the hit single “Silver Lizard”, and then album #4, Mumbo Jumbo (1999) which, funnily, got them the only ARIA nomination they ever received.

But things were not the same.  Richie and Lenny walked away from it in 2000.

In 2009 the classic line up Richie, Lenny, Jay, Paul and Steve reformed for the 15th anniversary of Homebake, a festival Tumbleweed had helped pioneer with “Weedstock” back in the 90s.

They released their fifth album Sounds from the Other Side in 2013 to critical acclaim and just wrapped up touring that album when, in August 2014, tragedy struck. Jay Curley, bass player, brother and founding member, died suddenly in his home. The band were devastated.

In 2017, old friends Spiderbait asked Tumbleweed to reform to play a special anniversary show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne. The band recruited old Wollongong mate and Pink Fits bass player Jamie Cleaves to fill in on bass. With Jamie they discovered new life in the band, a new spark that reignited their passion for rock’n’roll. With Jamie now a solid member of the band they recorded a single “Shadowland/ Rebellion” (2021) with Rob Younger.

Tumbleweed are now loving it more than ever. They have found a balance, are writing new music and are playing the best shows of their career!

Tumbleweed are about to embark on a tour to celebrate still being around 30 years on! From the fairy tale beginning full of unbridled potential, to the crushing failure to realise their dreams, Tumbleweed’s story has been one of the highest highs and the lowest lows, but it has always been real.

To be continued….

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Hard-Ons – I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken Tour

February 28, 2022

The Hard-Ons first tour with new singer Tim Rogers finally kicks off in just over two weeks and follows the group’s first ever top 5 album!

The Hard-Ons have announced the supports for their soon-to-start I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken Tour – their first tour with their new line-up which features new singer Tim Rogers. The tour comes on the back of the band’s first ever ARIA Top 5 album, and takes in all East Coast capitals and key regional hubs.

The list of supports includes strong locals as well as a couple of bands with a shared history on the Alternative Charts in the ’90s – Smudge in Sydney and The Meanies in Melbourne. Sydney’s C.O.F.F.I.N are the main support for the tour-closer at the Corner in Melbourne.

The complete run of dates and supports follows.

THE HARD-ONS
I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken
Australian Tour 2022

MARCH
Thu 17 – Southport, Vinnie’s Dive – with guests BLUSHH – tickets here
Fri 18 – Brisbane, The Zoo “Punkfest” – with guests FAT and BURNT TRASH – tickets here
Sat 19 – Eltham, Eltham Hotel – with guests MASOCHIST – tickets SOLD OUT
Thu 31 – Canberra, The Basement – with guests GLITORIS and CHARLOTTE & THE HARLOTS – tickets here

APRIL
Sat 2 – Adelaide, Enigma Bar – with guests CULL – tickets here

Thu 7 – Geelong, Barwon Club – with guests DEAD and EYEROLL – tickets here
Fri 8 – St Kilda, Gershwin Room @ The Espy – with very special guests THE MEANIES and RIVER OF SNAKES – tickets here
Sat 9 – Melbourne, Corner Hotel – with special guests C.O.F.F.I.N and CHEEKY GEEZERS –  tickets here

JUNE
Wed 1 – Wollongong, La La La’s – with guests LUCIFUNGUS and CHIMERS – tickets here
Thu 2 – Sydney, Factory Theatre – with special guests SMUDGE and FLOWERS FOR JAYNE – tickets here
Fri 3 – Newcastle, The Cambridge Hotel – with guests BITCHCRAFT – tickets here
Sat 4 – Avalon, Avalon RSL – with guests RAISING RAVENS – tickets here

The Hard-Ons Tour 2022 rescheduled

The Hard-Ons’ upcoming tour follows the unprecedented chart success and fantastic response to their new I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken album –  their first with new singer Tim Rogers.  The tour is gonna be unmissable; the new album reveals the new line-up to be working a treat. A couple of surprise shows – including the line-up’s first, playing under the name Clandestine Sausage at the Link & Pin Cafe in Woy Woy back in December – have shown the band to be in magical form. The magic comes in part from the fact that Tim Rogers has proven himself the perfect new addition to the band, which in turn is partly due to the fact that he has long been one of the band’s biggest fans. As he recently told Blunt: “I’m a fan first and foremost. [They were] the first band I loved that I could see, the first band I got my nose broken to, [and the first band] I lost my hearing to. There are so many firsts. And then to be in the rehearsal room… I looked over at Blackie’s amp and went, ‘Oh, that’s the amp.’ And I saw the SG, and I was like, ‘That’s the SG.’ I’ve been watching him play with those since 1986.”

I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken is available on cassette, dandruff white vinyl, CD, black vinyl and digitally via our Bandcamp page. Shop or have a listen here.

Gigs

The Meanies – expanded Desperate Measures Tour 2022

November 16, 2021
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THE MEANIES RESCHEDULE AND EXPAND THEIR REGRETTABLY-NAMED BETTER LATE THAN NEVER ‘DESPERATE MEASURES’ TOUR 

LINK MEANIE’S NEW PROJECT BAGFUL OF BEEZ ALSO GIGGING FOLLOWING RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC BEATLES

Only in these crazy times might a band tour its new album the year after the year after it was released, but that’s what the Meanies will be doing when they hit the road in February to finally give Desperate Measures a proper live airing. Desperate Measures was released in July 2020, by which time the shit had already hit the fan. Their Better Late Than Never” DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR was first announced earlier 2021 when things looked like they’d cleared. They got bumped a couple of times, and now they’re on for 2022.

At least the certainty (?!?) of things as they stand now has allowed for more shows to be added. It’s also given Link Meanie – aka Link McLennan – a chance to release the debut album by his new project Bagful of Beez.

The Meanies’ Desperate Measures is a hard, fast and catchy onslaught of hard-hitting Meanies mayhem. It evokes the classic sound that made the band a household name in all the worst houses back in the ’90s, and which has influenced generation after generation of young punks ever since. Their Better Late Than Never” DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR is gonna be worth the wait.

Desperate Measures is out now on Cheersquad Records and Tapes.

See below for all tour details.

THE MEANIES’ BETTER LATE THAN NEVER DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR 2022

FEBRUARY
Fri 18 – Railway Hotel, Macedon VIC – Tickets

MARCH
Sat 5 – Ninchfest, St Andrews Beach VIC – tickets
Thu 10 – The Zoo, Brisbane QLD – Tickets
Fri 11 – Eleven Dive Bar, Maroochydore QLD – Tickets
Sat 12 – Spring Loaded Festival, Eaton’s Hill QLD – Tickets
Sun 13 – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD – Tickets
Fri 18 – The Tote, Collingwood VIC – Tickets
Sat 19 – The Tote, Collingwood VIC – Tickets
Fri 25 – Barwon Club, Geelong VIC – Tickets
Sat 26 – The Eastern, Ballarat VIC – Tickets
Wed 30 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW – Tickets
Thu 31 – The Lansdowne, Sydney NSW – Tickets

APRIL
Fri 1 – Manly Leagues Club, Brookvale NSW – Tickets
Sat 2 – La La La’s, Wollongong NSW – Tickets
Sun 3 – The Basement, Canberra ACT – Tickets
Sat 9 – Spring Ditch, Beechworth, VIC – Tickets
Thu 14 – Jive, Adelaide SA – Tickets
Sat 23 – Uncaged Festival, Sydney NSW – Tickets
Sun 24 – Uncaged Festival, Brisbane QLD – Tickets

AUGUST
Fri 19 – Sun 21 – River Sounds Festival, Bellingen Showgrounds NSW – Tickets

As mentioned above, Melbourne’s lockdowns enabled Link Meanie aka Link McLennan to record an album by his new project Bagful of Beez, and that album Do Androids Dream of Electric Beatles, is also out now on Cheersquad Records & Tapes.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Beatles is a brilliant and eclectic mix of classic pop styles, and the result is the sort of everything-including-the-kitchen-sink approach that studio-enamored pop savants have been known to take ever since Todd Rundgren recorded A Wizard, A True Star. Link recorded the album completely by himself, playing all instruments. He played out solo with a drum machine as Bagful of Beez a couple of times earlier in the year but has just enlisted Even drummer Matt Cotter to ensure a stronger live presence. (Even of course is also the second home of Link’s Meanies bandmate Wally, and Even’s Ash Naylor has also performed with Link in the Meanies on occasion.)

Bagful of Beez have two shows coming up:
Thu 25 Nov – Nighthawks, Collingwood + Maggie Alley (tickets on the door)
Sat 27 Nov – River Rocks, Geelong w/ Tumbleweed and heaps more. Tickets here.

“Link is the Dr Seuss of music. Bending the beautiful, bizarre and brilliant around each other in creations I’m perennially in awe of” – Tim Rogers

“This is the pure sound of a brilliant, crazed, talented savant. I listen to so much of Link’s music with a sense of wonder and joy. But this takes it to another level.” – Bruce Milne (Au-go-go Records)

Gigs

Tumbleweed 7″ boxset + XMAS shows

November 14, 2021
Tumbleweed 7 Inch Boxset
Tumbleweed 7 Inch Boxset

To celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band, Wollongong’s legendary Tumbleweed are releasing a limited, deluxe singles box set that includes all the singles recorded with the classic line up of Richie Lewis, Paul Hausmeister, Lenny Curley, Jay Curley and Steve O’Brien. The boxset is out November 26. PRE ORDER here.

Tumbleweed will be back on the road to launch this box set and celebrate their 30th anniversary next year, while also recording new music to follow up last year’s ‘Shadowland’ release. In the meantime they’ll be celebrating at home in Wollongong with a five-night residency – five shows in five nights, each with different local supports – at La La La’s, in the week leading up to Xmas.

Sat 18 December w/ The Drop Offs
Sun 19 December w/ Dropping Honey
Mon 20 December w/ The Dark Clouds
Tues 21 December w/ Baby Machine
Wed 22 December w/ Private Wives

Tickets here.

Facebook event here

Tumbleweed XMAS at La La La's 2021
Tumbleweed XMAS at La La La’s 2021
Gigs

XMAS EVEN 2021

November 14, 2021
Xmas Even 2021
Xmas Even 2021

It’s on! It’s happening! Indie chart-toppers EVEN continue the XMAS tradition in style, with two exclusive shows at the Brunswick Ballroom to close out a monumental 2021! Wednesday 22 December support is by Folk Bitch Trio, and on Thursday 23 December Nick Batterham will open the night.

These two shows are sure to sell out, so don’t wait too long to book your tickets. A Dinner & Show option is available, which includes premium reserved seating.

Wednesday 22 December
Facebook event here
Tickets here

Thursday 23 December
Facebook event here
Tickets here

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The Hard-Ons Australian Tour 2022

September 16, 2021
The Hard-Ons Australian Tour 2022
The Hard-Ons Australian Tour 2022

The Hard-Ons Australian Tour 2022

Following the fantastic response to new single Lite As A Feather and its predecessor Hold Tight, and amid the great anticipation for their new album I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken –  their first with new singer Tim Rogers – Australia’s punk legends the Hard-Ons have announced their first tour with their new line-up.

Whilst the announcement last month of Rogers’ recruitment was met with excitement, bemusement and yes the inevitable few grumbles from old fans, the new line-up is not going to give fans anything to complain about.

Both new singles suggest the band is in magical form; in fact the magic comes at least in part from the fact that Tim Rogers is one of the band’s biggest fans.

MARCH
Thu 17 – Southport, Vinnie’s Dive – tickets
Fri 18 – Brisbane, The Zoo “Punkfest” – tickets
Sat 19 – Eltham, Eltham Hotel – tickets
Fri 25 – Narrabeen, Narrabeen RSL – tickets
Sat 26 – Newcastle, The Cambridge Hotel – tickets
Sun 27 – Wollongong, La La La’s – tickets
Thu 31 – Canberra, The Basement – tickets

APRIL
Sat 2 – Adelaide, Enigma Bar – tickets
Thu 7 – Geelong, Barwon Club – tickets
Fri 8 – St Kilda, Gershwin Room at the Espy – tickets
Sat 9 – Melbourne, Corner Hotel – tickets

Gigs

EVEN shows moved again to January 2022

August 19, 2021

Indie rock trio EVEN set out to play four shows across the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend at great venues in the inner North, South, East and West of Melbourne. Regretfully, due to Melbourne’s lockdown, these shows were first moved to late August, but now will take place late January 2022. The new run takes place in the same four venues, and the band has even added a fifth venue! Tickets for the shows remain valid. Refunds can be arranged at the point of purchase for those who are unable to attend on the rescheduled dates.

These five EVEN shows will be a celebration of the great rock’n’roll city that is Melbourne.

These shows are gonna provide some right royal rocking, with hand-selected support acts adding a unique flavour to each show.

They start off with stranded Mississippi-based Canadian-Australian bluesy country singer-songwriter Meghan Maike on Tuesday the 25th of January at the Leadbeater.

Melbourne singer-songwriter Fenn Wilson on the afternoon of the Wednesday, January 26th public holiday, at the Northcote Social Club. This show is a matinée and under-18s are allowed in if accompanied by an adult.

Thursday 27th of January sees a new venue added to the mini tour, The Railway Hotel in Macedon. EVEN will be supported by Moody Beaches.

Melbourne indie-songsmith Cahill Kelly supports Even at the Gershwin Room on Friday the 28th of January.

From then, it’s the très glam Imperial Leather, featuring entities from both RRR and PBS-FM at Hotel Westwood, Footscray on Saturday the 29th.

That is a real celebration of Melbourne music, so we suggest you grab tickets to quite a few of these shows, to explore the length and breadth of our rockin’ town and make a proper party week of it!

Oh, and EVEN would also like it known that we’ve been working on album #8, and it’s coming along nicely.

THE LEADBEATER HOTEL
Tuesday 25 January 2022
With Meghan Maike
Tickets here
Facebook event

EVEN
EVEN

NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB
Wednesday 26 January 2022, matinée
With Fenn Wilson
Tickets here
Facebook event

RAILWAY HOTEL MACEDON
Thursday 27 January 2022
With Moody Beaches
Tickets here
Facebook event

ESPY – GERSHWIN ROOM
Friday 28 January 2022
With Cahill Kelly
Tickets here
Facebook event

HOTEL WESTWOOD
Saturday 29 January 2022
With Imperial Leather
Tickets here
Facebook event

 

News

I’m Wanita at the Melbourne International Film Festival

July 13, 2021

Jaw-dropping new Australian documentary “I’M WANITA” will have its Australian Premiere at next month’s Melbourne International Film Festival, it was announced today.

”I’M WANITA” is the story of a chaotic, flamboyant force of nature & her lifelong odyssey to realise her childhood dream – sometimes at the cost of those dearest to her. It’s a searing portrait of a complex and controversial personality – the self-proclaimed “Australia’s Queen of Honky-Tonk” best known as ‘Wanita’. The film, shot over several years, chronicles her quest to travel to Nashville to record her definitive album and asks- “Can Wanita keep her date with destiny?”

The Australian launch follows the film’s International Premiere in May at Canada’s prestigious Hot Docs Festival, where Screen Daily listed it as “one of the 15 docs to look out for this year”, and reviewers lavished praise on the film and its one-of-a kind heroine.

Directed by Matthew Walker, “I’M WANITA” was produced by Carolina Sorensen and Clare Lewis through their People Productions banner, in association with Tait Brady’s Acme Film Company.

Wanita’s new album, also titled “I’M WANITA” is released in Australia this week via Cheersquad, and features the tracks recorded in Nashville during the making of the film, produced by Nashville legend Billy Yates.

I’M WANITA screens at MIFF across August 7 – 14th, including sessions in Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong and Castlemaine – before releasing in cinemas nationally in September/October, through Label Distribution.

Tickets: https://miff.com.au/program/film/im-wanita

More information about the movie: http://wanitathemovie.com.au

Buy the album: https://www.cheersquad.com.au/releases/im-wanita/

Wanita - I'm Wanita - red vinyl
Wanita – I’m Wanita – red vinyl
Gigs

EVEN shows moved to late August

June 15, 2021
EVEN - August 2021 dates
EVEN – August 2021 dates

Indie rock trio EVEN set out to play four shows across the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend at great venues in the inner North, South, East and West. Regretfully, due to Melbourne’s lockdown, these shows had to be moved to late August. The new run takes place in the same four venues and tickets for the shows remain valid. (Refunds can be arranged at the point of purchase for those who are unable to attend on the rescheduled dates.)

EVEN Save … EVEN Save The Queen’s Birthday Weekend” is a celebration of the great rock’n’roll city that is Melbourne.

These shows are gonna provide some right royal rocking with four hand-selected support acts adding a unique flavour to each show.

They start off with Melbourne indie-songsmith Cahill Kelly at the Gershwin Room on Friday the 27th of August.

From then, it’s the très glam Imperial Leather, featuring entities from both RRR and PBS-FM at the Westwood on Saturday the 28th.

Melancholy and melodious young trio of singer-songwriters the Folk Bitch Trio on Sunday afternoon the 29th at the Northcote Social Club. This show is a matinée and under-18’s are allowed in if accompanied by an adult.

Stranded Mississippi-based Canadian-Australian bluesy country singer-songwriter Meghan Maike on Sunday evening the 29th at the Leadbeater.

That is four great line-ups and a real celebration of Melbourne music, so we suggest you grab tickets to all four shows, explore the length and breadth of rockin’ town and make a proper weekend of it!

Oh, and Even would also like it known that we’ve been working on album #8, and it’s coming along nicely.

EVEN
EVEN

ESPY – GERSHWIN ROOM
Friday 27 August, 8pm
With Cahill Kelly
Tickets here
Facebook event

HOTEL WESTWOOD
Saturday 28 August
With Imperial Leather
Tickets here
Facebook event

NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB
Sunday 29 August, matinée
With Folk Bitch Trio
Tickets here
Facebook event

THE LEADBEATER HOTEL
Sunday 29 August, evening
With Meghan Maike
Tickets here
Facebook event

News

World upon a Shelf, new video by Cahill Kelly

May 20, 2021

Melbourne indie-folk-rock revivalist Cahill Kelly‘s first offering of his debut album Classical and Cool Jazz, is the single ‘World upon a Shelf’, a track filled with swagger and sentimental musing. Using objects on his mantelpiece as a source of lyrical inspiration, ‘World upon a Shelf’ sees Kelly reflecting on the notion that all our encounters throughout life contain profound meaning beneath the surface.

“When writing ‘World upon a Shelf’, I was trying to see if I could write a song about even the most mundane of subjects while still evoking some kind of narrative and emotion,” says Kelly.

“At the time I had a number of sentimental trinkets from various countries on a mantelpiece above my desk. I ended up finding deeper meaning in the song, reflecting on the idea that everything we come across in life, be it places, people, objects, ideas, once you take a deeper look there’s always so much more to the story.”

This is reflected in the video, directed by revered local filmmaker and photographer Gil Gilmour, which presents solitary objects as surrealist symbols against an otherwise blank backdrop, but ultimately hints at a deeper, more profound meaning to what we are seeing.

“Cahill Kelly’s ‘World Upon a Shelf’ is one hell of a surrealist trip. Distorted snakes, upside-down spinning salt rock lamps, and falling pianos are just some of the things that feature in this wild music video.” – Beat Magazine

Originally from far North Queensland, a young Kelly grew up on a diet of Crowded House and Tom Petty. Later, he channelled his heroes in his first musical projects, The Broken Needles and Willow Darling. With the latter seeing him assume the role of a natural frontman, Kelly developed a knack for writing songs about everyday life with sparkling detail and depth, delivered with casual grace.