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The Lucksmiths "Get-to-Bed Birds" 7" single + free download! $8 (L&L065) Add To Basket.


Plucked fresh from the ether, here it is — the final offering of "new" Lucksmiths material! Released one-year posthumously, Get-to-Bed Birds collates the last two songs the band scribed before hitting Splitsville. Both A and B-sides are non-album tracks, recorded especially for separate compilations: 'Get-to-Bed Birds' was originally featured on The Matinée Grand Prix CD, while B-side 'The World of Professional Golf 1994' appeared on one of the bonus discs of The Lifted Brow's bumper fourth edition.

The title-track is a gem; drawn from the well of introspection occasioned by New Year's Eve, 'Get-to-Bed Birds' is a weary-eyed tale of a drunken wee-hours stumble through familiar streets. 'The World of Professional Golf 1994', meanwhile, is the wistful lament of a caffeinated couch-dweller's televised sports fixation. Unintentionally, the coupling of the two songs makes for a well-rounded summary, neatly pulling together some well-worn Lucksmiths themes (drinking/sports/revelry/pensiveness), and dishing them up attractively on one glorious, beautifully packaged piece of black vinyl.

Having served sixteen years on the planet as a hard-working indiepop troupe, The Lucksmiths, through a coveted knack for turning the phrase and touching the heart, earned themselves a place alongside forebears The Go-Betweens in the annals of great literate Australian pop. Get-to-Bed Birds is a superb coda to an illustrious career.
This is a co-release with our good buddies at Matinée Recordings of Santa Barbara, California. The 7" is a limited pressing of a thousand hand-numbered copies and comes with a code for a free download of the two songs.

1) Get-to-Bed Birds  2) The World of Professional Golf 1994

The Lucksmiths - Get-To-Bed Birds by Lost And Lonesome

"”Get to Bed Birds”, also on Matinee’s Grand Prix compilation, is such the perfect farewell song for the Lucksmiths, who called it quits last year. A detailed vignette of walking home late at night on New Year’s, it is rueful and versatile, capturing a specific scene vividly. That is the moment of transition between “a shit year” and one that stands ahead as a question mark, a silhouette of hope. The song fades elegantly, open. The flip side of the 7” is the rare “The World of Professional Golf 1994”, another example of the way the Lucksmiths set nice melodies to little recognizable stories – in this case, another time of transition, waiting for someone who’s gone away. The song describes months spent not sleeping, watching sports on TV, “harboring hope and doubt in almost equal measure.” Somehow in one quick motion this single commingles past, present and future, capturing the bittersweet anticipation of endings and beginnings." Dave Heaton,