CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

August 2005

Stuart McGuane The Beginning

There must be a million guys and girls sitting in their room, computer recording gear humming away, guitar in lap, working away at their songs and sounds. And here's one from a guy called Stuart McGuane. He says he's been playing guitar for ten years and that he 'recently purchased some digital recording gear and this is my first effort.' See? Millions of 'em.

I'm not clued up with the modern singer/songwriter stuff but I am aware of people like Beck and Beth Orton where it seems they have become bored with the accompanying instruments of yore and replaced them with a drum loop and a synth bubbling away. Hailing from Brisbane, Stu has sent us four songs. The first one 'Nowhere To Go' has a really cool guitar tone (and playing) and is a sad song with beats 'n' bloops grooving along with it - really reminded me of M. Craft (Martin from Sidewinder - who is the king of this genre). And it's great stuff - very relaxing and well played, but not too 'proper' or mainstream. Not what I'd normally listen to, but I enjoyed it and didn't make me race over to the stereo and get back to some Buffalo Springfield. Yeah, I'm into Moby...Moby Grape!

For someone's first recordings, Stu seems to know what he wants. He sure can play guitar. Fans of Pink Floyd will probably dig the Dave Gilmour-style guitar and cruisy Air-synth. Sorry about playing the sound-a-like game, just a bit tired from mowing the lawn with a push mower. On 'Here It Comes' the singing doesn't come in until after three and a half minutes - this guy means business! At the six and a half minute mark the guitar has some psychedelic pedals plugged in, continuing the enjoyment of listening to the track, in all its eleven minute glory!. A straighter Bevis Frond perhaps? 'The Pattern' actually made me jump out of my chair. It was scary. A very low sub-bass sound appears in the song a couple of times and, when not anticipating it, goes straight into your spine.

As this was sent in on a blank cd with a few folded pieces of paper with a few sentences written out and no photo of Stu, here's a picture of a painting found on the internet. -ND

Contact: s.mcguane@uq.edu.au

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AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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