Don McGlashan is universally recognised as one of New Zealand's foremost songwriters, artists and performers, with five entries in APRA New Zealand's "Top 100 Songs Of All Time". His career spans from the seminal post-pop-punk of Blam Blam Blam, to art experimentalists The Front Lawn, to platinum-selling and internationally-acclaimed band The Mutton Birds. He has worked and performed with Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Johnny Marr, Wilco, Brian Ritchie and members of Radiohead and has scored a number of feature films, including Jane Campion's "An Angel At My Table". McGlashan's songs have been described by Q Magazine as 'from the same cerebral power-pop mother lode as Big Star and early REM'.
He returns to Australia to unveil a rich new collection of highly personal songs ("Lucky Stars") exploring love, regret and mortality, infused with hopefulness and joy.
McGlashan started the raw material for this new album at a little house on the Thames Estuary, then realised them in Neil Finn's writing room at Roundhead Studio with guitarist Tom Rodwell. He produced them with former Mutton Birds bandmate David Long, (who also contributes some textural guitar, organ and banjo) and drummer Chris O’Connor. “I went away, imagining that I would write a rather solitary, introspective record, but what came out had a lot more joy and optimism than I expected.”
"Lucky Stars" contains many songs which are very personal reflections on McGlashan's own life and thoughts: “This time, I don’t seem to be adopting characters to get an idea across . . . the 'I' is generally me in these songs”. And unlike previous solo or Mutton Birds albums, these songs enjoy a simpler and more direct sound, while spinning some very engaging yarns.
Proudly presented by the Rock & Roll Writers Festival, this is the only Brisbane show for Don and it WILL sell out.