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The Rock-itt : February 2012
Born in 2004 to Melbourne parents, Steve Clifford and Matt Smith, "The Hello Morning" band, have travelled the music road for the past eight years picking up new recruits and honing their quills to write some extraordinary music and lyrics which have enabled them to put together their new album masterpiece. Now a six piece big band, "The Hello Morning" not only have cut a great album but also have a stage show to entertain an audience from start to finish and that's what you'll get when you rock down to the " Old Manly Boatshed" this month. In 2008, the band produced their own EP, and this along with the growing reputation of The Hello Morning performances brought them to the attention of the Outpost Label, to which they were duly signed and became stable mates to Bertie Blackman and Kimbra, both of whom guest on their debut album: http://www.youtube.com/thehellomorn ingtv#p/a/u/0/9QewrrIK1OI After a couple of months spent in a Daylesford bluestone cottage writing songs, the band embarked on recording their debut album with some of Australia's most noted craftsmen. Recorded by Jimi Maroudas (Living End, Tim Rogers, Eskimo Joe) at Melbourne's Sing Sing studios, then following the initial recording, the band continued within the studio recording strings and horns, and was able to accomplish some Gospel Choir gold via Atlanta, Georgia. "We worked on every session, every take, every mix", beams Clifford. "We didn't stop until what we heard in our heads was right there in front of us. It felt like a lifetime, but it was too important to us to have done it any other way." "One of the spellbinding moments for us was the recording of the classic Wilson Picket song, 'Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You'. The song has become one of the magic moments of our live gigs, and we were also lucky enough to have recorded a live version with Dan Sultan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R WzzByDe7FQ The line-up that you will see live at the' Shed' this month are: Steve Clifford (vocals, guitar), Mathew J Smith (semi acoustic guitar, backing vocals) Joe Cope (keyboards) Dave Maton (guitar) Dave Oxley (bass) Mathew Vance (drums, percussion). With an experienced line-up like this it's going to be one hell of a show, so get down to the 'Shed' and see and hear this exciting group, and be part of a great album launch. Bring some extra coin with you as I'm sure you'll want to buy a copy of the album to take home. with Pete Johnson