Band: Cash Savage and the Last Drinks
Album: Live at Hamer Hall
Wir freuen uns sehr, euch mit “Fun in the Sun”, das erste Video aus dem neuen Livealbum von Cash Savage and the Last Drinks präsentieren zu können. Das Album 'Live At Hamer Hall' dokumentiert eine unglaubliche Lockdown Performance der Band um Cash Savage in der Hamer Hall in Melbourne. 'Live At Hamer Hall' erscheint am. 27. November auf Glitterhouse Records.
“We've watched the world get hotter. We've watched Australia burn. We've watched as year after year the top scientists get disregarded by the dickheads we've voted for. We've been warned, we've been shown, we can feel it, we know it's real, it's the end of mammals, it's the end of society, it's the end." sagt Cash Savage über “Fun in the Sun”.
“But what a beautiful sunny day it is today. Better put your hat on and some SPF 50+ sunscreen and disengage, because that's all we have left.”
Über das Konzert in der Hamer Hall fügt sie hinzu: “There were mixed emotions going into this performance. Melbourne had fared well through the first lockdown, and as we were rehearsing for this, it felt like we were going to come out of it okay. By the time we performed, it was the very beginnings of the second wave."
“Having the opportunity to play Hamer Hall was huge. It was an adjustment of expectations to think of it as a gig with no audience. We decided to make this something different -- not a gig with no audience -- its own thing. A performance in one movement. No gaps, no empty space. No back and forth with the crowd. Just us."
“We didn't intend on releasing it when we recorded it. It was performed for the moment."
“When we received the first mix, Melbourne's COVID-19 situation had got worse. Nao Anzai's mix was epic, and listening to it -- knowing it was going to be a while before we could perform again -- made it even more precious."
“The band and I are very proud of this performance and appreciate how special it is, in this time, to have been able to do it.”
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Band: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Album: Good Citizens
Label/Vertrieb: Cash Savage Rec. / Membran
Following on from 2016’s hugely acclaimed One Of Us, Good Citizens raises the stakes and signals the ascent of Cash Savage and the Last Drinks as one of the heavy hitters of Australian music’s new era. An incandescent live band at the height of their powers, led by mighty frontwoman Cash Savage, whose potent lyrics and impassioned delivery articulate the personal-political issues of these times with all her heart, guts and grit. Having towered over festival audiences at Golden Plains, Boogie and Sydney Festival, selling out The Corner in her hometown of Melbourne, and earning rave reviews for her recent packed-out Sydney show: (“You'd be hard-pressed to find a more exhilarating and heart-swelling live band in this country” - The Music), Cash Savage and the Last Drinks are on a mighty roll. The band has also made serious inroads in Europe, playing to huge crowds at festivals such as Binic Festival (France), Rock For People and Colours Festival (both in Czech Republic).
Good Citizens begins and ends with a thought. “I’m thinking violence is the answer”, Cash Savage sings as the Last Drinks rally behind her.
Of course, it’s just a thought. And this is just a song. But the music Cash Savage is making is informed by real life -- her own, and those of the people for whom violence, or the threat of violence, is inescapably real. The human beings who are called minorities and treated as though their lives matter less than others. The women and children on whom domestic violence is enacted, and those in the LGBTIQ+ community for whom violence is an implied or overt threat behind the rhetoric of “family values” and “good citizens”.
The album opens with “Human, I am”, ringing out with a phrase that resonates in the #NotAllMen era: “It’s okay, you’re not one of them”; a disclaimer that many minorities feel they need to use when articulating the oppression they experience. The lyrics that follow call “time’s up” on the need to apologise; “I know what I am, I’m not yours / Not a leader / Not a follower / Not brave / Not yours / I am human”. “We’re all humans,” Cash affirms, “which means we’re all part of the problem. And we’re all part of the solution.”
The first two singles released to date, “Better Than That” and “Pack Animals”, both bear witness to the damage that prejudice inflicts, in the form of hurtful scrutiny or mindless mansplaining. The title track was inspired by disbelief of the warped representations of “mainstream” Australia portrayed in the TV commercials screened during a sporting event. “You don’t need a job to be a good citizen,” Cash insists. “You don’t need to go to church to be a good citizen. You don’t need to be married to be a good citizen. But a little bit of empathy could go a long way.”
The album comes to a devastating conclusion with “Collapse”, a song Cash wrote for her daughter. “I hope she understands that the world is a violent place,” Cash explains. “She’s growing up in a world where there’s violence everywhere, but our privilege allows us to believe that violence is someone else’s problem. The wars that are fought are at a distance. A non-violent life is a privileged life, and fewer and fewer people are living that privilege.”
The politics of Good Citizens hit home all the harder for their juxtaposition amongst songs that are deeply, passionately, personal. The ache of missing a partner ('February'), the heady highs of falling in love ('Sunday'), and the triumph of knowing that love is indestructible ('Found You'). Even as it peers into the abyss of the anger and brutality that rock our times, Good Citizens burns with a fierce flame of belief in the goodness that may yet prevail.