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It's with joy that we welcome a beloved member of the Lost and Lonesome extended family to the frontline — Anthony Atkinson has been a close friend and musical collaborator since the mid-90s, playing solo and with his band The Mabels, often alongside fellow Candle Records bands The Simpletons and The Lucksmiths.
Broken Folks is Anthony's new album and, as with his earlier work, displays his uncanny ability to cast new light on everyday lives. The songs, with their roots in the narrative folk/pop tradition (and proudly displaying Anthony’s sociopolitical kinship with Woody Guthrie) would sit comfortably on a mix tape beside The Go-Betweens, The Bats and Paul Kelly.
Broken Folks was produced by Gareth Parton (Lowtide, Foals, Paul Weller) and features polished performances from Anthony's band The Running Mates who were introduced on his previous outing, 2006's Loyalty Songs. Comprising members of The Zebras, Mid-State Orange and The Lucksmiths, the band cook up a formidable sound that ranges from delicate, shimmering, arpeggios and drifting pedal steel to all-out guitar racket.
First single ‘It Radiates’ draws on familiar moments in the lives of ordinary people; an uncomplicated pop song, it builds with gentle country inflections to arrive at its uplifting chorus. The rousing blue-eyed soul of ‘The Lake’, meanwhile, recalls Dexys Midnight Runners at their spirited best. And bringing things to a sobering close is the title track, a woebegone a cappella duet with former Mabels bandmate Kimba Mitchell.
After eight long years, Broken Folks marks the welcome return of a superlative songwriter. It’s good to have him back.
1) I Lost My Way, I Found A Friend 2) Calm & Collected 3) It Radiates 4) The Lake 5) Her Place 6) Some Border Town 7) Into Night Again 8) Trade Winds 9) Labour Day 10) Broken Folks
Anthony Atkinson & the Running Mates Broken Folks Album Launch
Saturday October 18 — Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
With guests Machine Translations + Duke Batavia + Amarillo