I heard “This Wood & This Wire”, a song by Sydney act The Maladies, on FBi radio the other morning, and I was intrigued. It was rock, but with some country roots, stoner jam sounds, and frequent Bob Dylan references.
I liked it, and I sought out their MySpace. That song and a few others are there, and they’re all good. They’re not playing it safe. They’re gutsy and intelligent and soulful and rough. This review of their first album – With You Right By My Side Baby, The Deal Just Can’t Go Down – spells it out pretty well. I’m going to get it, right now.
I know that bands often name-drop cool influences, but their list is a pretty good one:
Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Don Walker, Hank Williams, Paul Kelly, The Triffids, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, Dr Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, The Drones, Dan Kelly, Sam Cooke, The Soul Stirrers, The Louvin Brothers, Karen Dalton, The Black Eyed Susans, Elvis, Dirty Three, Leadbelly, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, X (Australia), Dean Martin, Louis Prima, The White Stripes, Bluebottle Kiss, Suicide, The Supremes, Django Reinhardt, Bo Diddley, Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, Professor Ratbaggy, Gillian Welch, Edith Piaf, King Curly, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, The Stanley Brothers, Jonathan Richman, Louis Armstrong, Roy Orbisson, The Ronettes, The Birthday Party…
They’re playing next week at the Annandale Hotel, with some other bands, for only a tenner.