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

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

ALBUM REVIEW: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders – Blue Poles

The sense of Jack Ladder’s career to date is that he’s constantly been searching for his lost soul sound. The early bluesy rock n roll to the introspective troubadour, the gothic synth sounds of Hurtsville to the brighter colours of Playmates. Blue Poles is named after the Jackson Pollock painting and yes it does draw on all manner of styles but this time around he … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders – Blue Poles

LIVE REVIEW: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Alex Cameron @ OAF, Sydney (16/05/15)

Alex Cameron’s (Seekae) saxophonist and off-sider Roy Molloy arrived first, setting up his instrument, pacing the stage with Corona in hand and chatting to the front rows. Cameron’s strikingly skeletal frame joined him, his designer suit a couple of sizes too small, hanging from his lanky bones. He has a commanding stage presence, throwing Nick Cave-styled poses and dance moves that alternate between mid-period Bowie … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Alex Cameron @ OAF, Sydney (16/05/15)

LIVE REVIEW: Donny Benét, You Beauty @ Brighton Up Bar, Sydney (10/10/14)

  You Beauty released their rugby league-themed album Jersey Flegg earlier this year and it slowly but surely garnered attention leading to its imminent vinyl pressing. Their opening set showed they can nail the sound of the album in a live context with chorused guitar picking out lazy hooks and the rhythm section hitting a ‘Strokes and The Cure on the dancefloor’ sweet spot. Frontman … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Donny Benét, You Beauty @ Brighton Up Bar, Sydney (10/10/14)

NEW MUSIC: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders | Come On Back This Way

It’s been three years since Jack Ladder released his acclaimed Hurtsville album. Now the followup Playmates has been announced with a release date of Nov 6th. Here’s the first single ‘Come On Back This Way’ featuring guest vocals from Sharon Van Etten and pedal steel from Jason Walker. That deep austere voice is still the central feature of Ladder’s music with more of an electronic pulse and … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders | Come On Back This Way

SONIC KICKS: Charlie Horse

Charlie Horse released one of our favourite albums of the year with I Hope I’m Not A Monster and in a full interview that we’ll be publishing in the coming weeks they tell us they’re already halfway through the next record which should be out in the second half of 2013. With a widescreen rock n roll sound that draws influence from Neil Young, The … Continue reading SONIC KICKS: Charlie Horse

LIVE REVIEW: The Horrors @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (03/02/12)

written by Chris Familton Jack Ladder was in solo mode in the early opening slot and he showed that the songs from last year’s excellent Hurtsville LP can work just as well when stripped back to that rich, melodramatic voice and a fantastic effect laden guitar sound. He only managed to play a handful of songs before he was ushered stage right yet he impressed … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Horrors @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (03/02/12)

LIVE REVIEW: Jack Ladder @ The Dreamlanders @ Manning Bar, Sydney (01/10/11)

written by Chris Familton Teeth & Tongue have evolved their sound over the last couple of years to the point where it now sounds effortlessly natural, devoid of pretense or hopeful indie aspirations. Singer/guitarist Jess Cornelius is the heart and soul of the band – aided and abetted by a guitarist, bassist and pre-recorded drums when she plays live and she left an impressive mark … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Jack Ladder @ The Dreamlanders @ Manning Bar, Sydney (01/10/11)

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 … Continue reading TOUR: Jack Ladder announces tour dates…

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 … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Jack Ladder | Hurtsville

LIVE REVIEW: Jack Ladder &The Dreamlanders @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (13/05/11)

written by Chris Familton This was an evening set to complete the circle of reinvention for Jack Ladder. With a new album Hurtsville just round the corner Ladder was here to show that the soul and blues of Love is Gone has indeed gone and in its place a starker and more beautifully brittle sound is soundtracking his songs. Melodie Nelson performed an engaging yet … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Jack Ladder &The Dreamlanders @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (13/05/11)