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Experimental electric piano duo Footy release their first album Mobile Cemetery on Lost And Lonesome on Friday, May 3.
Inspired by restless, meandering drives through the industrial fringe suburbs of Melbourne’s "mid-west", Mobile Cemetery is a nuanced and exploratory album, thematically cohesive and even "conceptual".
Footy are Lewis Mulvey and Paddy Gordon, two gentlemen influenced equally by underground pop, the cerebral jazz of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and other ECM alumni, and the clean, driving Kraut-rock of Neu! and Cluster.
Mobile Cemetery highlights the considered nature and breadth of ambition of this unique band.
1) Realisation 2) Endless Selection of Channels 3) Workin’ 4) Racist Lawn Ornaments 5) Mobile Cemetery 6) Sea Home
""I'm watching Footy tonight, mate!" and just like that no one's just how un-Australian and emasculated I am. Perfect! I can listen to the new album by Melbourne duo, Footy, while online shopping for new 2nd-hand shoes without raising the brow of a single call-centre co-worker's eye-brow. I mean it's taken its sweet time getting here. If only there was a band called Footy when I was secondary school. Footy.
Footy are Lewis Mulvey and Paddy Gordon, an electric piano duo. Mobile Cemetery is their first album and it has all kinds of piano songs on it: there's a Harold Budd kinda song, there's a jazzy sort of song, a ballad as well as a song for those times with ya mates. There's some good 'don't know if they're being self-aware or not' humour that's as earnest as Guy Blackman. 'Workin' is an anthem for the blue collar man, not in the same way as Beasts of Bourbon are for the workin' man, but a coda, the retiree. Footy are all about bogan bourgeoisie and the collective voice. The counterpointing vocals reminiscent of Severed Heads' tape manipulations.
A few of the works are quite reminiscent of the great Chris Abrahams. Moreover, Mobile Cemetery has a distinct Australian experimental classical feel. Footy fit nicely into a rich history of Oz experimental music, right in-between Mad Nanna and Bum Creek." Josh Watson, 4ZZZ FM Brisbane