Posted Sun, Feb 7th 2010, 23:22
The good folk at Rhythms Magazine have seen fit to install Deep in a Deep at number 28 on their top 40 chart; up six places from the initial position at no.36 …AND, just look who our neighbours at no.27 turn out to be! Close enough to wave to our friends The Susans. :)
5. (14) SEA OF TEARS Eilen Jewel (Shock)
26. (-) THROWBACKS The Backsliders (Ind)
27. (31) REVEAL YOURSELF Blackeyed Susans (Liberation)
28. (34) DEEP IN A DREAM: AN EVENING WITH THE SONGS OF DAVID MCCOMB Various(Tornado Alley/Stomp)
29. (35) LOSIN’ LATELY GAMBLER Corb Lund (New West/Shock)
30. (-) MIDDLE CYCLONE Neko Case (Shock)
31. (15) THE RISE AND FALL OF GOODTOWN Wagons (Spunk)
There was also this in the Sydney Morning Herald (who called us Tornado ‘Valley’ – subbing standards at Fairfax continue to slip!)
“Enjoy another chance to play in the McComb songwriting pit. Songs from The Triffids and The Blackeyed Susans remind you of the variety and depth of the writing. Shackleton’s lively ‘Spanish Blue’ and the Susans doing ‘The Good Life Never Ends‘ are two good ones.”
NZ site elsewhere.co.nz have also picked up on the release
“The strength — and diversity — of his songwriting is evident on this live tribute album ”An evening with the songs of David McComb” on which the remaining The Blackeyed Susans Diving Bell, Shackleton and other friends lined up to play his songs and raise money for a film of McComb’s life Love in Bright Landscapes. Many of McComb’s lyrics are poetry — and Sean M Whelan reads Behind the Garages of This Country (with the Mime Set providing the sonic landscape) as exactly that.David McComb is long overdue his tribute. This — with a moving, hidden track by poet Whelan after the previously unreleased and beautiful The Good Life Never Ends -- seems like a good start.”
Posted Fri, Feb 5th 2010, 14:32
We have been thrilled by the response to the CD, Deep in a Dream honouring Dave McComb, released late last year. The CD is available from our website, just go to the Store page, where you can also have a sneak listen to the tracks. In Australia, you can also buy from all good music stores. We are working on international distribution for our overseas fans, but you can always buy direct from us, or from iTunes.
Here’s what the press have been saying:
**** (Four Stars)
“A haunting reminder of a towering talent… a poet of Dylanesque proportions with a uniquely Australian outlook. A must for fans, an education for the uninitiated.”
Chris Murray, MAG
“McComb’s songs swarm with life - delivered ferocious with emotion, written with a literary arc, in considered language, his rich songbook by turns harrowing, archly funny, deliciously black. It’s wonderful to hear McComb’s songs played live and brought to life on this album. There should probably be an annual David McComb celebration… let’s keep the fires burning .”
Lauren Zoric, Mess and Noise”
Deep In A Dream may not contain the most ‘obvious’ of McCombs’ impressive catalogue, but there is not one dud amongst them. In The Pines is a highlight… as is the (Blackeyed Susans) rendition of one of the final songs that McComb wrote - The Good Life Never Ends”
“A lovely piece of serendipity… the live record sees The Blackeyed Susans provide stirring renditions of classics like In the Pines and Ocean of You, as well as the debut live performance of Blackeyed Susan, while Charles Jenkins’ take on Raining Pleasure and Diving Bell’s version of Tender is the Night prove highlights among many.”
Posted Fri, Oct 30th 2009, 22:18
Deep in a Dream : An Evening with the Songs of David McComb’ is now ready to roll.
Here are some more details on the album, including the full track listing ; ordering details at bottom of this post. read on…
This album has been produced as a fund raiser for our documentary Love in Bright Landscapes, and was recorded by Salt Studios mobile recording van (any bands reading: their services come recommended) in June 2008 and mixed in July 2009. The album features The Blackeyed Susans (with guest Triffids Graham Lee & Rob McComb), Charles Jenkins, Mick Thomas’ Shackleton, and Diving Bell all performing from McComb’s incredible songbook. Spoken word performer Sean Whelan also read McComb’s poem ‘Behind the Garages of this Country’ with collaborators The Mime Set. The gig was an overwhelming success, closing with of one McComb’s last major compositions, costar’s The Good Life Never Ends, performed by The Blackeyed Susans, available for the first time on this album.
The cover photo is by Tony Mott, the inlay art comprises photos from the show and photos kindly donated by Dr Harold McComb. Thanks to Julian Wu for the pic on the back cover.
Tracklisting is as follows: all recorded 100% live.
The Blackeyed Susans Ocean of You
The Blackeyed Susans A Curse on You
Charles Jenkins Raining Pleasure
Shackelton Spanish Blue
Shackelton 25 to 5
Diving Bell Red Pony
Diving Bell Tender is the Night (The Long Fidelity)
Sean M Whelan/ The Mime Set Behind the Garages of this Country
The Mime Set Lonely Stretch
The Blackeyed Susans In the Pines
The Blackeyed Susans Blackeyed Susan
The Blackeyed Susans Jimmy
The Blackeyed Susans The Good Life Never Ends
Feedback from some industry/media types who have heard it already has been very positive, chiefly that there’s a tangible sense of atmosphere throughout. And, that in keeping with the full title , there’s a great sense of it capturing an evening with the songs.
Thanks to all those here that supported this project in anyway: it means a great deal. I’ve listened to this album exhaustively during its production and I still love every bar of it. I hope you do too.
Order it here