You can make music for any number of reasons. The best reason is always because you just can’t help it. Zac Gunthorpe’s new single, ‘Ghost Of The Town’ is a gratifying reminder of just that. As his band, The Brown Byrds, shift through the gears, the ‘70s alt country reference points that Gunthorpe has cherished are evident – The Band, Crazy Horse, etc. But there’s more than a whiff of old school Australian counter culture in ‘Ghost Of The Town’, harking back to a time before globalised homogeneity when a group of individuals would tumble together to conjure something they could call their own.
Having recorded his 2015 debut Glory Bound live at Andrew Morris’s converted church, Gunthorpe was keen to further explore that energy flow between room and players on ‘Ghost Of The Town’. Recorded live in a hall in the Byron Bay hinterland (with producer Zach Miller of Target Hearts Studios), the song shakes with loose energy; Gunthorpe’s singing soaring around the hall to summon a ghostly chorus from the seasoned timbers. Very much like Young’s Tonight’s The Night performances, there’s the unnerving sense of Gunthorpe giving voice to spirits desperate and damned – the “stealers and their shadowy nooks,” the “broken hearted lovers laying in graves.”
The first single from Gunthorpe’s forthcoming second album, ‘Ghost Of The Town’ was recorded with The Brown Byrds - Zach Miller, Ryan Miller, Neal Purchase Jnr and Brett Leighton
Engineered - Zach Miller, Jared Adlam
Produced - Zach Miller
Martin Jones (Valiant Music, 2018)
Album launch dates coming up:
October 19th Soundlounge - Currumbin, Gold Coast
October 20th The Milk Factory - Brisbane, West End Brisbane
November 3rd Thomas Surfboards - Noosa, Sunshine Coast
RADIO SOUNDS CH 56. MONGREL WISE
Australian tunes with a real kick, as curated by Zac Gunthorpe.