REISSUE NEWS: Jack Ladder signs to Endless Recordings, reissues Hurtsville

Photo: Mclean Stephenson

Endless Recordings has announced the signing of Australia’s Jack Ladder to its label roster.

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of his watershed album ‘Hurtsville’, originally released on the venerated Spunk Records. Recorded in the dead of winter in a rural NSW mansion, it left behind the shuffling soul of its predecessor (the Australian Music Prize shortlisted ‘Love is Gone’) for an austere chronicle of longing and loss. Produced by Burke Reid (The DronesCourtney BarnettJulia Jacklin), it also marked his first collaboration with backing The Dreamlanders – an idiosyncratic group comprised of Kirin J Callinan (guitar), Donny Benet(bass) and Laurence Pike (drums). The album achieved damning reviews and widespread critical acclaim, again being shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize. It’s centre piece, the remarkable ‘Cold Feet’ was awarded Song Of The Year by Mess and Noise (RIP).

To celebrate the anniversary of ‘Hurtsville’Endless is releasing a limited edition vinyl repressing of the album, out April 23rd 2021. This will be accompanied by ‘Hurt Book’, a collection of never before seen photos, lyrics and other ephemera, combined with essays and testimonials about the album from the likes of Sharon Van EttenLloyd Cole and Alex Cameron. The re-issue will also include Ladder’s original ‘Hurtsville’ demos, a intriguing document of the album’s genesis.

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Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders will be revisiting ‘Hurstville’ for the first time since its release this May, taking you through the depths of despair, and lifting you into the great heights of self-actualisation. Featuring the original band members, this is a performance for return travellers and new arrivals alike. Special guest performing at both shows will be Sarah Mary Chadwick.

May 6th @ The Forum, Melbourne with Sarah Mary Chadwick

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May 27th @ Factory Theatre with Sarah Mary Chadwick

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TOUR: Jack Ladder announces tour dates…

Jack Ladder is heading out on a national Australian tour in September to promote his recently released album Hurtsville, of which we said…

Ladder has found a form for his songs that matches the weight of his impressive voice and though the album has inconsistencies it confidently grows Ladder’s status as one of this countries more talented sons.

Tour Dates

Thursday 22nd September – The Metro, Adelaide

Friday 23rd September – The Prince of Wales, Bunbury

Saturday 24th September – The Rosemount, Perth

Thursday 29th September – The Grand Poobah, Hobart

Friday 30th September – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Saturday 1st October – The Manning Bar, Sydney Uni

Thursday 6th October – Brass Monkey, Cronulla

Friday 7th October – Gallipoli Club, Newcastle

Saturday 8th October – The Patch, Wollongong

Thursday 13th October – The Armidale Club, Armidale

Friday 14th October – The Loft, Chevron Island

Saturday 15th October – Step Inn, Brisbane

Sunday 16th October – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay – free

ALBUM REVIEW: Jack Ladder | Hurtsville

written by Chris Familton

It wasn’t long after Jack Ladder began touring his last album Love Is Gone that he began a transition to the sound that pervades his latest full length Hurtsville. That sound is one that embraces big open spaces with soaring effects-laden guitars and a sparse and more textural rhythmic approach. Ladder (Tim Rogers) has shorn his music of the bluesy soul overtones that coloured his earlier work and stepped into a glistening place that leans on more varied reference points while still retaining a cohesive sound.

The first single Cold Feet is a wonderfully bittersweet tale of a doomed relationship with a repeating guitar motif that keeps you glued to the song before you are drawn in deeper with the teasing riff/solo that leans forward near the song’s conclusion. It sets the mood perfectly for an album that benefits primarily and essentially from the relationship between the singer/songwriter Ladder and his sidekick/guitarist Kirin J. Callinan. It is the latter’s playing that shapes, warps and adds depth to the songs. Without him the songs would be 2D – missing the essential elements that bring them to life.

A doomed 80s tone seeps through many of the tracks on Hurtsville like a John Hughes film translated into a dark cabaret. Short Memory is a Lynchian take on Bauhaus – melodramatic and gothic and it works well. Position Vacant finds Ladder doing his best Tom Waits while on Blinded By Love he sounds scarily like Nick Cave. It isn’t all shadow-play on the album, Dumb Love returns to lighter ruminations on love and on the close Giving Up The Giving Up he is at his most relaxed and natural. Ladder has found a form for his songs that matches the weight of his impressive voice and though the album has inconsistencies it confidently grows Ladder’s status as one of this countries more talented sons.

out now via Spunk / EMI

this review first appeared in The Drum Media (Sydney)