ROB HIRST AND JAY O’SHEA TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Rob Hirst and daughter Jay O’Shea announce their new album, The Lost and The Found, set for release on February 28 via SME.
The 11-track long player represents Rob and Jay’s first album together, and their first collaboration since 2016’s The Truth Walks Slowly, a Golden Guitar-winning song dedicated to the late Queensland farmer George Bender.
Both outstanding musicians in their own right, together they’ve combined to deliver an album that perfectly unites their vocals, songwriting and music sensibilities.
Rob Hirst resides in Sydney, Jay O’Shea in Franklin, Tennessee. Rob and Jay got together whenever they could, in Australia and the US, to work up new songs.
Over a year and a half they sent music files to each other, swapping lyrics and melodies. Jay would add lead vocals, harmonies and melodies to Rob's guitar, guide vocals and beats, with Rob working up Jay's original material. They built this suite of songs from rough demos and the pieces of the puzzle all came together during a week of album recording in Nashville.
ROB HIRST + SEAN SENNETT – NEW EP – DRIVER REVIVER
A few short months ago, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil) and Sean Sennett released a mesmerising slice of psychedelic sonic drone in the form of a new single ‘Nothing More/Nothing Less’. A call to arms for fans, it was the first time we’d heard new music from the duo since they released their critically acclaimed LP, Crashing The Same Car Twice in 2015. More was to follow …
And now they are back with a five-track EP, DRIVER REVIVER.
The EP features ‘Nothing More/Nothing Less’, ‘The Man With The Star In His Hand’, ‘Miss Amanda Wishing-Belle’, the latest single ‘Prove Yourself’ and the title track.
Prior to release, Hirst and Sennett have to date released three singles from the EP, ‘Nothing More/Nothing Less’, the title track and ‘Prove Yourself’.
Built around a crunching four-chord riff, ‘Prove Yourself’ is a glorious throwback to the golden age of Australian rock … with a modern sonic spin.
“It’s a joyful three minute blast of get up and go,” explains Rob. “A rousing rock n’ roll dedication to motivation!”
‘Nothing More / Nothing Less’ was recorded between two studios (Black Box and Record Works) and is a potent mix of Krautrock and psychedelia.
As Rob sums it up:
“Nothing more, nothing less is long-haul cross-country guitar-bass-drum driving music... hit repeat, repeat, repeat. Blue-singlet psychedelia/paisley-shirt reverberama. Cruise-outta-control speed at a hundred and thirty. Runaway road train/perpetual motion/run outta gas at the Roadkill motel. The trip is worth the trip”
The song ‘Driver Reviver’ was recorded over a sweltering weekend in Brisbane and is delivered with all the intensity and joyful possibilities the open road can offer.
Written by Hirst, ‘Driver Reviver’ is a four-minute love story about a man in a car, a girl in a van, and the power of music.
A ‘story-song’ if ever you’ve heard one, the tune tells how the protagonist “meets a girl who volunteers at the Driver Reviver roadside safety stop. She makes him bad coffee, but they like the same bands. They form their own band, buy a rundown house on the highway, and move in together. They live happily ever after: at 'home, all alone, in the drone of the motorway”.
Whereas Crashing The Same Car Twice, in the view of Rolling Stone, captured the ‘sheer distorted thrill of classic punk-pop’, the DRIVER REVIVER EP is broader in scope. It’s power-pop punctuated by the duo’s own idiosyncrasies, but lurches to garage rock with an emphasis on melody and killer lyrics.
Turn it up!
On Crashing The Car Same Twice
“The sheer distorted thrill of classic punk-pop” - Rolling Stone
“A fucking masterwork of rock n’ roll wonder and magic” - Trent Dalton