With Ned Collette and Wirewalker’s sophomore release 2 now sitting on record store shelves, the band is preparing to bring its tracks to the people.
This album and its launch tour have been a long time coming for this band’s Aussie fans. Ned Collette packed his bags for Berlin more than two years ago, a move that provided the inspiration for the release. The album’s key themes include distance and starting again, forgotten homes and shifting cities.
Recording an album with Ned in Berlin and his bandmate Joe Talia back in Melbourne can’t have been easy, but somehow the band managed to do so. In fact, they only reconnected near the end of the process to put the finishing touches on the release! Having Ned based in Germany has given the disc a real international flavour though. Special guest vocalists including Germany’s Mirjam Smejkal and Sasch Gersak and Gemma Ray from the United Kingdom all make appearances.
The vocals aren’t perfect, but I find myself drawn to the album’s seventh track “Happy Heart.” It’s not exactly an upbeat number as the title suggests, but there’s something so compelling about the way it moves along. Take a listen!
If you like what you hear make sure you head out and see Ned Collette and Wirewalker back on home soil at their launch shows next month.
14 June 2012 – Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane
15 June 2012 – FBi Social, Sydney
16 June 2012 – The Metro, Adelaide
21 June 2012 – The Front Gallery, Canberra (Ned Collette solo)
23 June 2012 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Image used with permission from Remote Control Records