Road to sec­ond al­bum

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

A folk-rock band largely made up of for­mer Pil­bara res­i­dents has re­leased its sec­ond al­bum of songs in­spired by the re­gion, and has plans to tour here later this year.

MESA Band re­leased their new al­bum, Long Road, in August, an 11track record, with songs in­clud­ing Go­ing Home, chron­i­cling the phys­i­cal changes Pil­bara towns have seen in re­cent decades; the initiation of an in­dige­nous Roe­bourne boy in Spinifex Child; and rough-and-tum­ble child­hoods on the Dampier coast in Dampier Days.

It fol­lows the 2007 al­bum, Nor West Friends and four-track EP Warlu Way for core band mem­bers and long-term Pil­bara res­i­dents David Mor­gan and Steven Spouse, who were joined by Perth gui­tarist Gra­ham Ford and drum­mer Jay­den Wil­liamson for this record.

Singer-song­writer Mor­gan said the ti­tle of the new al­bum and its first track had been in­spired by a con­ver­sa­tion he had sev­eral years ago with a truckie and clas­sic Pil­bara char­ac­ter at Nanu­tarra Road­house.

“The in­spi­ra­tion came be­cause when you drive up (North West Coast High­way) early in the morn­ing, the sun’s rising up right in front of you, and I pulled into Nanu­tarra Road­house and the sun was just com­ing up over the hori­zon,” he said.

“And there was an old truckie on the ve­ran­dah and we started talk­ing.

“And he said to me ‘I’ve been driv­ing this road for over 40 years’ ... and he’s telling me his story. “He said, ‘she’s a long road’.” Mor­gan said he came to the re­gion in the early 1970s but only started writ­ing mu­sic about it in earnest a few decades later, after feel­ing more should be done to pro­mote the Pil­bara.

You can find Long Road at the Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne Vis­i­tor Cen­tres, Re­trav­i­sion Kar­ratha, on­line at mesa band.com.au or on iTunes.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

MESA singer-song­writer David Mor­gan in Kar­ratha with the band's new al­bum, Long Road.

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