Sing Unto the Lord

The Harrowing Tale of John William Tate
September 26, 2008, 3:38 pm
Filed under: Everything else

I went to Mike McCarthy’s album launch last night at Lizottes. It was a packed out room full of punters being forced to buy food. Mike was supported by Isaac De Heer
Isaac was pretty good. He used some unreal instrumentation and voicings to create a powerful soundscape that was authentic and beautiful.
Mike’s set was unreal. I’ve seen Mike play a bunch of times, but never like this. His new songs are really different to anything he’s done before. Particular favorites were ‘2 bent frames and a Holy Cross’ and ‘Small remedy’ – simple and profound.
One of the members of Mike’s band was a young girl named Coral Latella. I’d seen Coral already that day at a year 12 graduation. I had noticed her voice but was surprised to see her play with Mike that night. She was fantastic. I bet we’ll hear a lot more from her in the future.
I’m stoked that Mike has heard her around the traps and has just given her an opportunity. Made me keen to think through how our band is going in seeking out gifted young musos.
Mike’s new album is called ‘The Harrowing Tale of John William Tate’. It tells the story of a young man who leaves his farm and family to chase his dreams of sailing the pacific. Worth checking out.


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