‘..beyond being a beautiful recording it’s a real genuine slice of classic Australian music which is rare as hens teeth. I hear a lot of stuff in there from Hunters to really obscure acts like The Apartments and the much better side of alt country we do in this land but it’s all digested and comes out very much their own – again very rare.’ (Glen Richards Augie March)
The band hit the road throughout 2019, travelling over 20,000ks in an impressive run of shows across all states, alongside artists such as Steve Smyth, Masco Sound System and William Crighton. Including performances at Nannup Festival in WA, Woodford Folk Festival in QLD and home ground shows at The Gum Ball and Dashville Skyline.
The songs centre on the mind of singer-songwriter and Dashville founder Matt “Magpie” Johnston. Alluding to an era of more simplistic notions Magpie and the band deliver his stories via smooth soulful folk country with subtle flourishes of psychedelic 70s rock ‘n’ roll.
There’s a warm and communal feel right across the album its woolly and homespun vibe come off like The Band but they colour the music with some beautiful saxophone playing that combines perfectly with cosmic Americana pedal steel sounds and plenty of country twang and strum in the guitars. (Post To Wire)
Sanctuary is a journey through the past and into the future, where one can still roam with wild exuberance. Where the desire to perform is matched with the desire to escape from the business and unravel inside the music. Sanctuary is Magpie’s happy place.
|November 7, 2019 8:15 pm||EL SOL|