Thank god for Guy Blackman who released the Primitive Calculator's confronting back catalogue on CD way back in 2004 on his Chapter Music record label. Also to the Nick Cave curated All Tomorrow's Parties people, who offered the underrated and little known band, five grand to pony up and perform on the main stage at Mt Buller in 2009. Without these two things happening, the Primitive Calculators would have never have reformed, graced the stage again, found a whole new audience and release new songs.
I had a chat with keyboardist, Frank Lovece before tonight's gig. They are only playing one concert this year! He tells that they have recorded their new album last year but it will finally be coming out in 2014. Since their first album came out in 1979, 35 years might be the longest gestation period that any Australian band has ever had between album releases. The new album will feature a bunch of new songs and it will also be the first studio recording for the band.
The first release self-titled release was a live recording from the North Carlton venue Hearts. The subsequent CD re-release bundled some additional bonus live recordings from the Crystal Ballroom in St Kilda and The Champion Hotel in Fitzroy. So when frontman Stuart Grant spits into his microphone "1980 NOTHING 1981 NOTHING 1982 NOTHING" all of the way to "2013 NOTHING", he could be talking about his band's discography.
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