Bristly and warm, boldly fragile and full to the gunwales with evocative imagery, ‘The Hinterland’ is the second single from Last Leaves’ debut album Other Towns Than Ours.
Formed from the scattered remains of The Lucksmiths, Last Leaves combine songwriter Marty Donald’s lyrical sleight-of-hand with the jangle and racket of his former band mates Louis Richter and Mark Monnone, and drummer Noah Symons of Great Earthquake fame.
Sounding like a lost classic from the Summershine imprint, ‘The Hinterland’ recounts a country convalescence: “From an upstairs window at your parents’ place/You saw the sun set where the highway cuts across the hinterland/Tail-lights fading in the twilight/It was more than you could stand”.
Guitars interweave throughout the verse—Richter’s joyous leads recalling variously Big Country and Stone Roses atop Donald’s staggered rhythm—before bursting anthemically into the harmony-laden chorus.
Exclusive (non-album) b-side 'Nora Creina' borrows its title from a pin-prick hamlet on South Australia's Limestone Coast and its chorus from a short story by the Canadian writer Alice Munro, its shamble-footed groove giving way memorably to a majestic shoe-gaze outro.
Produced by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals, The Breeders), Other Towns Than Ours is due out on October 20 via Lost And Lonesome (Aus) and Matinée Recordings (US).
released October 6, 2017
Marty Donald – vocals and guitar
Mark Monnone – bass and backing vocals
Louis Richter – guitar and backing vocals
Noah Symons – drums and backing vocals
supported by 13 fans who also own “The Hinterland”
This Band is Epic. I was wondering when they were going to release another Record... And Here we Have it folks, a full length packed with tons of goodies to sooth your soul and throw your Indie-pop Mojo into a bit of a frenzy ... Matthew Nangle