- RELEASE DATE /25 May 2023
- CATALOG /CRT129
- LABEL /Cheersquad Records & Tapes
- FORMAT /Limited edition green 7 inch vinyl (100 only), black 7 inch vinyl and digitally
A FEW WORDS
Cheersquad Records and Tapes are chuffed to bring you a brand new single from revered Melbourne blues institution Checkerboard Lounge. It’s their first new music since their multi-award winning and blues-chart topping album Sun Sessions. Double A-sided new single “Uncivil Compliance”/”Rollercoaster” is the first product of sessions with equally revered entity Jeff Lang producing; sessions which will ultimately result in the release of a new Checkerboard Lounge album later in 2023. The group’s latest album, Sun Sessions, won four of six available awards at the Melbourne Blues Awards and Best Blues Album at the Music Victoria Awards in 2022. It was in Rhythms magazines Top 10 Albums of the Year, and it spent more than a year on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay chart, including multiple months at #1.The new single is the first record to feature the band’s current line-up, which features monster muso Zoë Frater on bass alongside group founder Carl Pannuzzo on vocals and drums, Shannon Bourne on guitars and Tim Neal on Hammond Organ.While Carl Pannuzzo is revered as a vocalist (the late Broderick Smith once said Carl was the best soul singer in the country), the band wanted to highlight its instrumental prowess on the single with the catchy guitar-voiced groover “Uncivil Compliance”. This also harkens back to when instrumentals were as common on 45s as vocal numbers. Even the sung flip side “Rollercoaster”, a fun shuffle penned by Pannuzzo and Bourne, features a cool bass solo by new ace bassist Zoë Frater. The whole band is front and centre on the record, operating as it does, like one organism pumping its roots goodness for feet and hearts to thump by.
“Uncivil Compliance”/”Rollercoaster” is available digitally and a strictly limited edition 7″ green single and black 7″ single.