As a beautiful yet isolated island nation of strong and good natured people, it is of little surprise that there is a great tradition of storytelling in Australian songwriting. Fremantle indie rockers The Morning Night attempt to tap into our rich history of musical storytelling, drawing on jangling Aussie pop bands (The Church, The Go-Betweens), and bring it into the 21st century, creating a melting pot of unique harmonies and flowing soundscapes all their own.
Fremantle indie rockers The Morning Night make us proud to be Aussie. Sigh.
The band debuted in 2009 with the EP Decide What You Want, stacking up accolades such as a spot on FBi Radio’s top releases of the year as well as Drum Media Perth’s Single of the Week. 2012 saw the band working with Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Ricky Maymi on their debut LP Otis, which obviously displays the amount of love and hard work that this band are willing to invest to produce an album. This was clearly reflected in the stellar reviews from The Australian & street press around the country as well as the significant airplay Otis received after its release.
The release of their sophomore album amberola late last year, produced again by Ricky Maymi, is a testament to the musical growth undergone by Adrian Hoffmann, Isaura Campbell, Michael Biagioni, Michael Savage & Salv Di Criscito. Where their previous records were imbued with love and Australian nostalgia, amberola is distinguished by sheer songwriting ability that features sophisticated harmonies, soothing atmospheres and dense layering, all varnished with a pretty indie rock coating.
In an attempt to further embrace Australia’s past and bring in into the present The Morning Night worked with super 8 footage courtesy of the ABC’s Girt By Sea to create the video for So Now, a pensive rock odesy with deceptively propulsive rhythm. The video is an obvious love letter to Australian beach culture, and speaks volumes about the albums roots.
You should consider yourself fortunate if their visit to your local music establishment coincides with a warm Australian night that can be spent outside with a refreshing beverage.
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