Lucksmiths Overview

The Lucksmiths were an independent pop Pop music band from Melbourne, Australia who formed in 1993.

 
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The band was formed in the early 1990s by guitarist Marty Donald, drummer and vocalist Tali White, and bass player Mark Monnone. They became one of the first bands to release material on Candle Records with their debut album, First Tape. Later Lucksmiths albums and EPs would be been released on Drive-In Records (Later Microindie Records) and Matinée Recordings in the United States, Fortuna Pop! in the United Kingdom, Clover Records in Japan, and Boompa! Records Boompa in Canada.

The band was expanded to a four-piece when Mid State Orange guitarist Louis Richter joined in 2004. Following the closure of Candle Records in 2007 The Lucksmiths moved to Melbourne-based label Lost & Lonesome.

The Lucksmiths disbanded in 2009 after a series of gigs in Europe and Australia.

They will be remembered as a 'Good Light' in Australia's indie rock history.The majority of songs were written by Marty Donald, although White and Monnone also contributed songs. Songs by the Lucksmiths are mostly about love and relationships, but also deal with other everyday issues such as notable friends or warm weather. There are also recurring themes of Melbourne culture, especially that of inner city Melbourne, in songs such as "Under the Rotunda", "The Sandringham Line" and "Transpontine".

The Lucksmiths were renowned for their creative and witty use of language. In songs written by Marty Donald, lyrics will often feature puns, wordplays and draw upon literary references or Australian English idioms. The themes of weather, geography, and seasons appear often in the songs of the Lucksmiths.

Some of the band's influences included The Simpletons, Billy Bragg, The Housemartins, The Magnetic Fields, Belle & Sebastian, The Smiths, Aztec Camera, Lloyd Cole, Orange Juice, and The Trash Can Sinatras.
Albums


*First Tape (1993)
*The Green Bicycle Case (1995)
*What Bird Is That? What Bird Is That (1996)
*A Good Kind of Nervous (1997)
*Happy Secret (1999)
*Why That Doesn't Surprise Me (2001)
*Where Were We? (2002)
*Naturaliste (2003)
*Warmer Corners (2005)
*Spring A Leak (2007)
*First Frost (2008)


EPs

*Boondoggle Boondoggle (EP) (1994)
*Staring at the Sky (1999)
*A Little Distraction (2003)
*The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco (2005)
*A Hiccup in Your Happiness (2006)File:Tali White 09-28-07.jpg|Tali White
File:Mark Monnone 09-28-07.jpg|Mark Monnone
File:Louis Richter 09-28-07.jpg|Louis Richter
 

 

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