Debut for Kerr's Cur

Simon Wooldridge | Bendigo Weekly | 06-Oct-2017

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Three years of song writing, rehearsing and heavy gigging reaches a landmark for Kerr’s Cur next week with the release of their eponymous debut album. 

Kerr’s Cur showcases the broad-ranging influences of the Bendigo-based indie garage band’s front man, Mr D. It’s his take on various aspects of modern life – warts and all. 

The three-piece launch their album at the Golden Vine next Friday, October 13. 

It’s the first gig in a nine-date tour that also takes in Ballarat, Geelong, and various inner city Melbourne venues.

“All the songs are pretty self-indulging really,” he said. 

“They’re written about how I feel, or are a projection of myself in an imagined situation.”

Kerr’s Cur features 12 original tracks. Curiously perhaps, it’s a vinyl-only release – albeit accompanied by a digital download voucher. It’s interesting to again be thinking about albums in terms of sides. 

The album is self-produced, and was mixed by Alex Bennett at Sound Recordings in Barkers Creek.

Opening track What Went Wrong? kick starts proceedings with a pounding, almost rockabilly beat. 

“It’s about the human condition,” Mr D said. 

“Society has had massive technological advances in recent years, but humans haven’t necessarily evolved at the same pace.”

End of Days, from their first EP, has been remodelled for the album, as has the haunting, disturbing Edinburgh Place; Mr. D’s vocals reaching previously unscaled heights.

Slow Love is a recent-ish composition. 

“In February we were rehearsing before a big Bendigo gig. I showed the song to Mr E (drums) and Mr S (bass). Within an hour it was done. What you hear on the album is what we recorded that afternoon.”

I Fell Down has a distinctly post-punk feel – reminiscent in parts of Joy Division. 

The song writer is tight-lipped about its origins though. 

“I’m not going there,” he said, ending that line of enquiry. 

The album closes with Du Kannst Singen – a track they rarely play live. 

Like Slow Love it’s a song that Mr D presented to his bandmates just an hour before they recorded it. 

“In one take,” he stresses. 

Kerr’s Cur manages to very closely match the band’s energetic, back-to-basics, live and often raw garagey sound. 

It’s an album that can be danced to, or if the lyrics are more carefully scrutinised, one that should be listened to in a dark room.

Mr D has been playing in bands since his mid-teens. Something about Kerr’s Cur though, has clicked. 

“There’s a kinship with these guys that I haven’t had in 30 years in other bands,” he says of bassist Mr S and drummer Mr E.

Kerr’s Cur play at the Golden Vine on Friday, October 13. Support comes from Midweek Blues and Jess Skye. Doors at 8pm, admission is $5. 

Next Sunday, October 15 – also at the Golden Vine – one of Bendigo’s favourite musical sons plays a fundraiser to help fund his trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis early next year.

Bill Barber recently won the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s Solo/Duo category award for 2017. He goes on to represent MBAS in the US in January.

The event will help fund the young bluesman’s trip.

And he has pulled together a stellar line-up to entice punters. 

Joining Barber for the afternoon are John McNamara, Highway 79, Alister Turrill, Jarrod Shaw, Dave Diprose and others. 

Doors at noon on Sunday, October 15. Admission is $15.

– Simon Wooldridge

Twitter @spwooldridge

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