HUSKY performs the song "I'M NOT COMING BACK" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY KRISTINA KARIM
The second half of 2013 was a period of feverish song writing for Husky Gawenda. The result of that time of intense creativity is Ruckers Hill, the second album for the much loved band, Husky.
While the songs sometimes came in a rush, there were times when Gawenda had to search for inspiration in the most unlikely places. He would walk around his local neighbourhood in Melbourne’s Collingwood and down to the Merri Creek recording snippets of ideas and poems and word plays on his phone. He borrowed a 1970’s Hermes portable typewriter from his father, the renowned Melbourne journalist Michael Gawenda, to try and make the ideas come.
At one stage he would drop into a Smith Street café every morning for coffee and while there he would read Leonard Cohen’s 1966 novel Beautiful Losers in tiny portions. The café had it in its bookshelf; he would take it out, read a page or two and put it back for the next morning.
The record took a long time to make, through 2013 and into this year. There were those periods of intensely creative songwriting but there were also times when the writing came slowly. “The first album was hard but this was really hard. Albums are difficult to make.”
So here it is. Ruckers Hill, named after a spot in Northcote, Melbourne. The band have a new drummer – Arron Light – but Husky (vocals, guitar), his cousin Gideon Preiss (keyboards) and Evan Tweedie (bass guitar) remain.
Gideon, Evan and Husky and later Arron, worked on the songs, refining and deepening their sound and their resonance. The feel of Ruckers Hill came from playing live so often and always wanting the show to be bigger and better and bolder. “We wanted songs that would take the show to another level.”
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Producer/Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Videographer: Johanna Roessler
Recorded/Mixed By: Art Martinez
Photography By: Johanna Rossler
Production Assistant: Lydia Reed
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