DIARY - 9 JANUARY 2005 - T BONES CD REVIEW
BIRTH AND DEATH
and death have rarely been staples in the diet of seasoned Sunraysia
spawned band, T Bones.
But, now 17 years down the Western Highway, the passing of time and
relatives have impacted on the co-founders.
The band kicks off its acclaimed but belated seventh album with a
humorous homily about a life long drifter who morphs into a cane road
on Moving On.
it's time to pause and reflect on the passing of guitarist Charlie Wilde's
sister in Big World Now and blossoming of singer Andre Pupillo's
daughter in Lila May.
further into parenthood triumphing over the climactic extremities in the
metaphor of Summer Days.
There's also a dab of soul searching in Wilde's mortality tale I'd
Die For That and the healing hand of time in his title track.
That haunting self-doubt also inhabits Pupillo penned Loneliness.
But it's the social chasm of two former friends that is the focus of Wilde
tune People Like You.
"We both came from the same small town/ you moved up when we moved
down/ you caught the plane, I took the bus/ same direction the two of
song of sorts for Wilde's Goodbye Loser where a femme fatale
chooses Jack Daniels ahead of the character's beer in her new romantic
"She said goodbye loser, I got a brand new man/ he opens the
bowling and you're 12th man."
The T Bones blazed a hedonistic trail of life on the cutting edge
in the rural and urban fast lane on earlier albums.
They return on Wilde's Across The Bridge where the shotgun toting,
speed-snorting anti-hero shoots the pursuing police posse who land
in the river as the villains flees across the Queensland border.
So you might ask - that's your an opinion on the songs, what's the
instrumentation of dual guitarists Wilde and James Stewart, bassist Hugh
Martin and drummer Miles McNichol compliments the melancholic mood swings
of the songs.
And Ed Bates pedal steel and Bruce Haymes and Michael Bryant on Hammond
organ sizzle - especially in Across the Bridge. - DAVID DAWSON
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