CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

May 2008

WE GROW UP Night Kitchen

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email: wegrowup@hotmail.com

This is a real find, this one. A cd by a young Adelaide band called We Grow Up. We thought this was going to some sort of goth/emo outing with a name like that and black and white hippy artwork. Well, weren’t we in for a shock when we discovered an entire album of fully focused and well thought-out pop songs that come straight out of the School of Colourful Whimsies - whose first graduate was the Beatles and last one Darren Hanlon. That might give you a little idea of where We Grow Up are coming from.

We also have to mention here that this cd isn’t a demo, it’s a proper album (even charted in Adelaide) and all that’s missing is the barcode.

It was halfway through the second listening of Night Kitchen that Half A Cow had visions of tagging along with We Grow Up on a psychedelic world tour, gold albums and strawberry champagne and promptly emailed the band offering proper distribution…and a barcode! After some email tennis, the band said they were talking to another label. Then the trail went cold. Either way, this cd deserves to be heard by a lot more people.

We Grow Up are a five-piece band who formed in 2006, led by singer-songwriters Jonathan Mortimer and Anthony Golding. They are joined by bassist Prudence Hart, keyboardist Jakub Tengdahl (who drummed on the album) and new drummer Tom Mackay. The band won a Triple J Unearthed competition in 2007, supported Missy ‘milkcrate’ Higgins in their home town and some regular Triple J airplay has helped create greater awareness of the band nationally.

There are so many great tracks on Night Kitchen. Even the more left-field ones, such as ‘Fingernails’, are incredibly beautiful songs. The band aren’t afraid to try something different with the arrangements and the whole thing comes across like a pop merry-go-round. Love the extra ‘Celia’ refrain, the folk-pickings in ‘Office Christmas Party’ and there are memories of the Rain Parade in ‘The Girl Who Threw Her Man Towards The Deep’, which has a great little gnarly guitar riff appearing throughout. The final track ‘Feathers’ is a psychedelic gem, complete with whispery vocals and a great Triffids-like guitar (or cello?) line.

If you’re a fan of any of the bands mentioned above or the best parts of the Candle label (will have to mention Darren Hanlon again, who the vocalists sound a lot like on more than a handful of songs) or Belle & Sebastian or Crowded House – then We Grow Up is for you. It’s that good. Go to their website to purchase your very own copy. In the meantime, Half A Cow is going to work out how to kidnap 5 indie-rockers and set them up in our loungeroom for a private concert. - ND


other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
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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