Back in fashion
IT has been seven years since Perth rock band End Of Fashion released new material.
But the wait is almost over, with fans able to get their first glimpse of the new album-in-making at two intimate shows this month in Fremantle.
Frontman Justin Burford said while he never stopped writing songs, it was four or five years ago that he “bought a whole demo-ing station”, which got him “back”.
“I was exploring lots of different genres and lots of different styles and re-exercising that writing and producing muscle,” he said.
“Then it was probably a year ago, I compiled all of these songs – the work I’d done for the previous four or five years – and it was a decent handful of tunes that immediately struck me as having that End Of Fashion sound.
“I thought ‘this could easily be interpreted with a band’, so that’s what got me back on board thinking about End Of Fashion in that way again.”
He described the new material, which is expected to be released as an LP in early 2020, as THE truth is out there during this year’s Disrupted Festival of Ideas at the State Library of WA, July 27 and 28.
The program of free events featuring keynotes, panels and intimate conversations has been designed to initiate debate on truth, including how to harness your own truth and how to uncover mistruths that have infiltrated our everyday lives.
Popular Sydney-based science communicator and author Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will present a keynote on What is Truth? and a one-on-one conversation with neuroscientist Professor Alan Harvey about the physiology and reliability of our memories.
“I’ll be talking about how easily people are fooled by lies,” Kruszelnicki said.
“And how there are some people who like telling lies and how we believe all sorts of wrong being the “sister album” to the band’s debut selftitled record in 2006.
“There’s an old saying that you’ve got your whole life to write your first record and then everything after that is done on the fly or feels a little bit more rushed,” Burford said.
“So we are recapturing that spirit of just being a band and being a songwriter in a band. It sounds like a group of friends playing music together stuff.
“Have you heard of antioxidants? Then you probably believe that anti-oxidants, whatever they are, are good and similarly by exclusion, oxidants, whatever they are, would be bad.”
Known by many as simply Dr Karl, the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at The University of Sydney has written 45 books and has continued to share his wonder and excitement about all things science in the media since 1981 while in medical school.
It all started after NASA and that’s what we’re going for again. ”
With the same line-up for the past three years, Burford said they were “really, really excited” about the upcoming shows at The Aardvark (the basement of The Norfolk Hotel).
He encouraged fans old and new to “please buy a ticket”, with the hopes there would be more touring to come.
“I love touring and I love being on the road,” he said.
“I’m not too proud to say we really hope this does lead to more things and we really hope we can find our audience again if they’re still there and still want some music.
“The new songs are sliding in really, really easily so that’s what people can expect.
“I’m curious to hear the feedback and get people’s reactions. As much as songwriters say they write songs for themselves, there’s an audience to consider.” classified him as non-astronaut material.
“The Americans wouldn’t take me on the space shuttle so I walked into Double J to talk about the space shuttle launch instead,” he said.
“I've just stayed in the media since then.
“I just love sharing knowledge and helping make people’s lives better, so they live longer and have a healthier and happier lifespan.”
View the full Disrupted Festival of Ideas program at www.disrupted.slwa. wa.gov.au.