Com­ing out of the mu­si­cal wilder­ness

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

SOME records are the per­fect sound­track for soli­tary, post­party blues, while oth­ers, such as Alex Lloyd’s Ur­ban Wilder­ness, are bet­ter suited to more up­beat sit­u­a­tions.

Lloyd be­gins his east coast tour this week – his first string of per­for­mances since re­turn­ing home in 2012 af­ter five years in the UK.

Lloyd’s last live run was in 2011 in sup­port of Mad Bas­tards, the APRA and ARIA-nom­i­nated film sound­track he com­posed with Broome’s The Pi­gram Broth­ers.

Dur­ing his stint abroad, Lloyd spent much of his time writ­ing for other artists, in­clud­ing British folk/ rock singer Pas­sen­ger. He is keen to sing in front of a large au­di­ence again af­ter re­cently per­form­ing at the Caloun­dra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on the Sun­shine Coast.

‘‘It was just such a buzz and I’m re­ally, re­ally look­ing for­ward to the tour,’’ Lloyd says.

‘‘I have been do­ing shows but not that reg­u­larly and they’ve been acous­tic shows.

‘‘It’s just nice to hear a loud gui­tar and some drums and see a big au­di­ence again.’’

Lloyd’s last al­bum, Good in the Face of a Stranger, was re­leased in 2008 and is lyri­cally darker than his new of­fer­ing, re­leased last month.

‘‘This record is a much more pos­i­tive, up­lift­ing record,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s a bit more for the be­gin­ning of the bar­be­cue as op­posed to the end – the drunken, sorry end at three in the morn­ing when ev­ery­one has left.’’

Lloyd drew in­spi­ra­tion for many of the songs from his own fam­ily.

He has four chil­dren be­tween the ages of nine and five months old: Jake, Isaac, Elvis and Belle.

One of the tracks, Water­fall, is about his el­dest son Jake, who is nine now but was about five years old at the time Lloyd penned the song.

‘‘You don’t al­ways see ev­ery­thing that hap­pens and you don’t know ev­ery­thing about your kids,’’ Lloyd says.

‘‘You have got to go with the flow a lit­tle bit like a water­fall. You can’t know ev­ery­thing. You have got to let go a lit­tle bit in or­der to let them grow.’’

also fea­tures the duet Hon­estly with coun­try mu­sic favourite Kasey Cham­bers, who Lloyd has al­ways re­spected and ad­mired: ‘‘It’s al­ways a lovely, warm feel­ing work­ing with her.’’

Lloyd says he hopes to set up a space close to his NSW Cen­tral Coast home next year where he can work with young artists who need help with writ­ing, pro­duc­tion and devel­op­ment.

Ur­ban Wilder­ness is out now. Alex Lloyd and The Young Li­ons play the Spring­wood Ho­tel on November 16 and Lis­more Work­ers Club on November 17.

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