The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

Ev­ery mu­si­cian knows this: a new guitar, a new in­stru­ment, a new piece of gear, even a new room to play in, helps the cre­ative sparks fly.

Not that Ed Kuep­per needs a trig­ger for that to hap­pen but it has been a fac­tor with a batch of new ma­te­rial he is about re­veal on an Aus­tralian tour.

Those who have fol­lowed the ca­reer of the Saints founder know there was a pe­riod when he was one of the most pro­lific record­ing artists on the planet, with a suc­ces­sion of clas­sic al­bums from his pen right through the ’80s and ’90s.

But there hasn’t been an al­bum of new ma­te­rial from him since 2007’s Jean Lee and the Yel­low Dog, the long­est such break in a ca­reer that stretches back to the re­lease of The Saints’ ( I’m) Stranded in 1976.

The Bris­bane-based Kuep­per has been as busy as ever, tour­ing solo on his By Re­quest jaunt that took him across the coun­try sev­eral times and work­ing on his first film sound­track for Last Cab to Dar­win, the Jeremy Sims­di­rected film that hits our screens in Au­gust.

“I’ve been do­ing a lot of live play­ing so the artis­tic de­vel­op­ment has con­tin­ued, it just hasn’t been doc­u­mented on record,’’ Kuep­per says.

“Do­ing all those solo shows re­ally fo­cused me on play­ing guitar rather than do­ing things with large ar­range­ments. I’m chang­ing as a gui­tarist but un­til now, the ob­vi­ous an­swer eluded me. What I want is some­thing that has the dy­nam­ics of an acous­tic guitar but the prac­ti­cal­ity of an elec­tric and that’s a semi-acous­tic.’’

En­ter Kuep­per’s latest guitar, a clas­sic early ’70s Gib­son 345 semi acous­tic. “A sound engi­neer who worked with the Laugh­ing Clowns loaned me the guitar in the early ’80s when my pre­cious old Gib­son SG was stolen. It’s been such an in­spir­ing thing.”

Kuep­per is about to set off on a three-state res­i­dency tour.

Saints’ Ed Kuep­per.

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