BULLS (album launch)
supports: Roller One + Matt Bailey
Northcote Social Club
Fri 8 Jun
$12 at the door only
''Linda J and Bean Johnston were once upon a time one half of punk legends Little Ugly Girls, the most famous Tasmanian band never to release a record. Dissolving LUGs somewhere around the turn of the century, they reinvented themselves as Melbourne rock darlings the Dacios, releasing their album ‘Monkey’s Blood’ in 2009. The brother and sister duo have dedicated their new album, ‘Dancing on Sinking Sands’, which they’ll launch at this show, to their parents. The album sees the duo lay their hearts open with ten new torch songs – a series of allegories of romantic love, abandoned love, mad love and a love of life.''
THE AGE - Album Review
Dancing on Sinking Sands
Bulls (Bull at the Gate Productions) ★★★★
AFTER the Friday night punk-rock attack of Little Ugly Girls and the pummeling Saturday night rock'n'roll experience of the Dacios come siblings Linda and Dannie ''Bean'' Johnston's reflective Sunday morning country rock contemplation. More Johnny Cash than Johnny Thunders, Bulls' debut record Dancing on Sinking Sands peers through the booze, smoke and anger to uncover a world of fractured emotions and troubled humanity. On Finger, Bulls waltz through a tale of imperfect romance; on Our Love Linda follows the well-trodden path of spurned lover while Bean flirts with Johnny Marr's resonant guitar sound. Dance invokes the spirit of Nick Cave at his most empathetic; Dirty Sheets basks in the afterglow of a night with Patsy Cline. Lucille crawls through the gutter of country-rock honesty and the intensity of Ghosts in a Bullring conjures up the tortured spirit of Jeffrey Lee Pierce stumbling in search of salvation. The best love songs come straight from the heart. Bulls know love isn't always pretty.
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