Saturday, July 12, 2008
photo - Michael Clayton-Jones, 1985
PAST IMPERFECT TOUR
THE WRECKERY played their last show at Melbourne University 20 years ago. They had just completed what would be their last and best album ‘Laying Down Law’ when the wheels came off and the band split. It was the end of 4 years of staggering wild live shows and amazing song writing.
THE WRECKERY, a Melbourne based group formed by Hugo Race and Ed Clayton-Jones on their return to Australia from tenure with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Europe and the USA. Robin Casinader joined on drums having played with Hugo and Ed in the Art punk outfit ‘Plays with Marionettes’. Nick Barker and Charles Todd finished the line upon bass and sax respectively.
THE WRECKERY were a big hit on the live circuit and had a large and loyal following. They were infamous, in a time when heroin chic was de rigueur, and Bukowski and Burroughs topped our reading lists, THE WRECKERY became the poster boys for the dark side. The band was tapping the seam of the old delta blues and the Flannery O’Connoresque imagery of a toxic, dilapidated world. They were living it for better and ultimately for worse.
In July of 2008 THE WRECKERY will release a new CD on THE MEMORANDUM label; ‘PAST IMPERFECT’ is a comprehensive collection of songs spanning the whole career of the band. August 2008 will see THE WRECKERY return to the stage for a brief tour of the East coast of Australia.
29 AUGUST THE STEP INN, BRISBANE
30 AUGUST SPECTRUM, SYDNEY
31 AUGUST SPECTRUM, SYDNEY
5 SEPTEMBER NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE
The line up is all the original members;
Hugo Race Vocals - Guitar
Ed Clayton-Jones Guitar
Nick Barker Bass Guitar
Robin Casinader The Drums
Charles Todd The Saxaphone