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