MICK THOMAS announced ‘These are the Songs’ retrospective, national tour and book!

ANNOUNCES THESE ARE THE SONGS 
RETROSPECTIVE ALBUM & NATIONAL TOUR
THESE ARE THE DAYS BOOK

 

These Are the Songs is a lovingly crafted compilation spanning the past eighteen years and more of Mick Thomas’ creative life. From the wry and laconic observations of ‘The Lonely Goth’ to the wit and whimsy of ‘You Remind Me’, the soaring growl of ‘Hard Currency’ to the pure joyous on-the-road fun of ‘Sleep on Your Floor’ and ‘The Last of the Tourists’, this is a classic set of tunes performed by a loose but lovingly selected bunch of players.  The album is the companion to These Are the Days, a joyous autobiographical tale of an inspired and uniquely Australian creative force.

The album finishes with four bonus recordings including a cheeky duet with Ruby Boots on Bob Dylan’s latter day classic ‘Most of the Time’, in a classic Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra style adaption. Mick’s affable growl is off-set perfectly by Ruby’s soaring nu-country contralto. The film clip, which premiered on The Music, is a playful comment on modern life as Mick and Ruby seek to illustrate the emotional disconnect of the lyric with a series of texts taken from a list of the worst song lyrics of all time.

For a record that spans a vast variety of recording situations and musicians the album is impressively cohesive. Mick’s long-time musical companion Squeezebox Wally features on many of the tracks, as the various line-ups of his band’s The Sure Thing and The Roving Commission navigate a repertoire of enigmatic country folk rock gems.

Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas is best known as the song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. His ever-evolving talents as a writer and performer defines a career as intriguing as it is enduring. His knockabout image partly explains his close relationship with his audience. They see him as one of them. A loyal mob who have followed him from the Weddo’s through his solo career, Mick’s fans relate to his wistful, sentimental and nostalgic lyrics. Themes such as Australian history, fleeting or lost love, the bittersweet realities of life’s merry-go-round, alienation (and football), are wrapped in a positive, triumph over adversity message. The characters in Mick’s songs are everyday battlers, as are he and his fans.

About the book:
These Are The Days is out on Wednesday 1 March. It all starts with the songs: how they got written, where and why they got written, and why they still get played. And it’s about the people – in the various line ups of the various bands, the people in the studio, and in the audience at the countless shows. And it’s about when Weddings, Parties, Anything first called it a day back in 1998 when Mick quickly realised there was no good night to go into. The book follows the stories of 31 songs, each including stories and a song chart, and is published by Melbourne Books or you can order here through Mick’s website.

 

 

MICK THOMAS and the ROVING COMMISSIONTickets on sale now & available here
For full tour info, click here

Fri 3 Mar | Nannup Music Festival, Nannup WA

Sat 4 Mar | Nannup Music Festival, Nannup WA

Sat 4 Mar | The Oxford Hotel, Leederville WA (Book Event)

Sun 5 Mar  | The Oxford Hotel, Leederville WA

Fri 10 Mar | Port Fairy Folk Festival VIC

Sat 11 Mar | Port Fairy Folk Festival VIC

Sun 12 Mar | Port Fairy Folk Festival VIC (Book Event)

Wed 22 Mar | Sun Theatre, Yarraville, VIC (Book Event)

Sat 22 Apr | The Gum Ball, Belford, NSW

Fri 19 May | Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne VIC

Sat 20 May | Suttons House of Music, Ballarat VIC

Sat 27 May | Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide SA

Sun 28 May | Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide SA

Wed 31 May | Methodist Church, Adelong NSW

Thu 1 Jun | Smiths Alternative, Canberra ACT

Fri 2 Jun | LeadBelly | Sydney NSW

Sat 3 Jun | Lizottes Restaurant, Newcastle NSW

Sun 4 Jun | Hotel Gearin, Katoomba NSW

Sat 10 Jun | Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD

Sun 11 Jun | Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Fri 16 Jun | Moysten Hall, Ararat VIC

Sat 17 Jun | Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh VIC

 

These Are The Songs  tracklist:

Disc one:

  1. The Lonely Goth
  2. You Remind Me
  3. Hard Currency
  4. Baked a Cake
  5. When You Go
  6. Shanks’ Pony
  7. The Cap Me Granda’ Wore
  8. Our Sunshine
  9. Anywhere But Here
  10. Forgot She Was Beautiful
  11. Maltby By-Pass
  12. Tommy Didn’t Want You

Disc two:

  1. Selling the Cool Car
  2. Can I Sleep On Your Floor?
  3. Red Pirate of Boracay
  4. All the Roads
  5. Gallipoli Rosemary
  6. The Last of the Tourists
  7. AFB
  8. Most of the Time (Feat. Ruby Boots)
  9. I’ll Remember
  10. Rambling Girl
  11. Garden Party

These Are The Songs  Mick Thomas

Out Friday 3 March 2017 through Liberation Music
Available for pre-order here