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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

 

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"A constantly moving collection of folk-pop standards, the band stays mostly out of it this time, leaving Atkinson room to speak directly to the listener. Chances are his brilliant vocal melodies will have you so on-board that by the time standout track, 'The Lake', rolls around and he begins to yell, you’ll run through past conversations in your head, trying to work out what you did to make Atkinson mad. "Woe is me" he opines; "Wow", you reply." The Music

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"THE Australian indie label Candle, which closed in 2007, was a guarantee of quality from pop-rock artists like The Lucksmiths and The Mabels, led by songwriter Anthony Atkinson. New band, new album, same kind of sweet melancholia and wry observations of everyday life. But this collection of 10 tunes ranks as one of Atkinson’s best, with irresistible melodies complemented by touches of pedal steel, banjo, baritone guitar and the sensitive foundations from his band. “Please believe me when I say I’m calm and collected,’’ he sings, and you know from the band rising up behind him all the usual human hurts bubble away. It Radiates (“like a flame through sugar cane’’) jangles and glows. It’s almost happy, but something in Atkinson’s voice always hints that sorrow can’t be far away. Like the relationship on the slide in The Lake, or the plans of escape on Into Night Again, where “the sentimental melodies which once brought you to your knees haven’t really worked this time’’. This time around though, those melodies still seem to be doing the trick. **** Courier Mail

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