Famous Blue Raincoat EP
MEET FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT Their name should have already alerted you to the fact that this is a band that knows it's music history - and who wouldn't want to name themselves after a song by Leonard Cohen? The fact that the core members have a little history themselves should also alert you to expect quality in the CD that accompanies this press release - and why not? Singer/songwriter Wayne Gillespie has been making quality music in Australia since CBS released his second album New Locations here back in 1987, and was already a favourite son back in his native New Zealand for a few years before that, while drummer/percussionist Rob Grosser has fired the engine room of more than a few records since he emerged from Adelaide, having worked with some of Australia's best musicians including the late Pete Wells of Rose Tattoo, Jimmy Barnes, guitarist Tim Gaze and as well as overseas artists such as Bob Margolin (ex- Muddy Waters), Jimmy Barnes and Deep Purple 's Jon Lord & Ian Gillian. So, how did they become Famous Blue Raincoat? Like all good things, it started with the end of another band. Back in '95, Wayne and Rob were playing together in a three-piece called Passionfish, releasing an EP, Love Comes Down and promoting Gillespie's third album Living in Exile. When the bass player moved on, the musical chemistry suggested Wayne and Rob stay in touch. They started jamming a couple of days a week, recording what came up and seeing where it would lead. It was a new way of writing for Wayne, accustomed to being the solo acoustic singer/songwriter with folk-rock roots, yet strapping on an electric guitar and playing along to the grooves Rob laid down made perfect sense. Life inevitably got in the way, relationships fell apart, new ones blossomed, children arrived, as did new, surprising non-musical careers. Next thing you know ten years had passed. However the jam tracks were still there, honed into real songs by Wayne and enhanced with the help of a few friends who were called in, like sax player Ric Robertson (dig/eon/Baecastuff), with whom Gillespie had played back in New Zealand, as he had American guitarist now Zealander Nigel Gavin, who'd played in Robert Fripp's League Of Crafty Guitarists, while bass player Goby Catt, now living in Vancouver, Canada, was a pal from the Slide McBride Band, and another kiwi, now one of Ireland's musical treasures, Brendan Power on harmonica. So the Famous Blue Raincoat EP - three songs to tempt the taste buds, a preview of the forthcoming album, each delivering a different take on what's in store - the easy, romantically hypnotic groove of Confusion, the rock-edge slow-burn of the reality check Slow Down, and the cheeky surrealism of the Latin-jazz groove of Bananas. Michael Smith Drum Media 2008 -------------------------------------------------------- Artists Notes: This EP is a taste of the forthcoming debut album from Famous Blue Raincoat. The Famous Blue Raincoat consists of drummer/percussionist Rob Grosser and Vocalist/songwriter/lyricist Wayne Gillespie who have bult up a collection of songs inspired by Mr Grossers rhythms . Guest musicians include jazz saxophonist Ric Robertson (EON, D.I.G., Baecastuff), harmonica player Brendan Power (Sting, Riverdance, Mary Black), Goby Catt on Basses and Nigel Gavin (Robert Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists) on Guitar/Banjo. The project is an international affair with musicians from four countries so far contributing. Famous Blue Raincoat contributing musicians: Wayne Gillespie (Auz)- Vocals/guitars, Rob Grosser (Auz) -Drums/ Percussion Brendan Power (UK)-Harmonica, Nigel Gavin (NZ)-guitar, banjo, mandolin, Ric Robertson (Auz)- Tenor/Alto/Soprano sax, Goby Catt (Canada)-Double & Electric Basses, Tony Waine (NZ)- Electric Bass, Steve Hunter Auz)- Electric Bass.