In 1997 the founding members of the Aboriginal rock band Scrap Metal Alan, Stephen, and Philip Pigram teamed up with their brothers David and Gavin and fellow Broome Western Australia local Paul Mamid. They began recording a vast array of country tunes that culminated in the release of Saltwater Country.
Musically the album bears a strong resemblance to the US West Coast country-rock that was popularized in the early 70s. The songs are about life in the coastal town of Broome and the Outback. The song "Going Back Home" is a standard country song about living in the big city and wanting to go back to the country. "Roadtrain" is about the massive trucks that supply the outback towns and the vastness of the areas they drive through. While this album is one of the finest examples of Australian country, the universal nature of the lyrics make it ideal for audiences everywhere.
While listening to their incredibly catchy and singalong country/pop songs you'll start thinking you're actually up in Broome fishing and kickin' back in the afternoon sun. If you are a fan of Bernie Hayes' Every Tuesday, Sometimes Sunday chances are you'll love this as well.
Saltwater Country was followed by Jiir in 2001 and Under The Mango Tree in 2006.
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