Blueline Medic- A Working Title in Green
Beat Magazine - 2000
Masters of the turbulent and edgy form of punk rock, Caustic Sodas demise was a tragic one. But rising from the ashes
of that band, MYC and the Bradshaw Figure comes Blueline Medic. This long-awaited four track features every drop of emotion,
driving passion and fascinatingly complex musicianship, leading not to the obtuse ramblings that come from most bands who
have too much talent and =intelligence but to a completely assured and captivating debut. Having dropped some of the speed
that typified most of their previous bands work, Blueline come out as an indie/emo hybrid along the lines of Something For
Kate, capable of both stunning and energetic crescendos and mesmerizing set pieces.
This EP, even in four songs, is
a lesson in emotional manipulation through music. Basically, its a touch draining. But to all of those who love focusing on
their music and giving yourself up to it, this will be a welcome escape from the raw energy of most of the music you probably
listen to. Like other bands deigned as emo, itll be much appreciated but sparingly played in my collection, simply due to
the fact that I wont want the devalue the message. A CD to cherish (an, incidentally, a total catharsis to see live).
Redmond Hamlett interviews Donnie Dureau from Blueline Medic
Issue 3, published by Deakin University, 2001
After Blueline Medic played a super ten song set, Donnie Dureau
agreed to having an interview.
RH: So, what was the deal with sony?
D.D: Ah sony, well, its a funny story
this one. We were with them for a little bit, and it turned out we signed up with them at a bad time, because sony was investing
more time and money into playstation rather than music, so we were dropped from sony because we were a smaller band etc etc,
. .they were trimming their leaves so to speak.
RH: gee, thats a bit rough. . . I bought your cd the other day and I noticed
it had Fueled by Ramen on it rather than sony. .
D.D: Well, their the label were with right now . . US based, were
produced in Australia through Red Line Records . .
RH: Yeah, thats the one that Jebediah run yeah?
only found that out about 3 weeks ago (laughing)
RH: Well, how was the tour in the States?
That went really well . .we played with "The Impossibles" and "River City High" all over the place, and apparently we were
RH: Are the crowds any different?
D.D: Well, theres more of them . .if thats what you mean.
D.D: The one good thing was, seeing as it was a promo tour, we sold on average ten cds a night
. .which was pretty good. Were gona end up going back to the states soon.
RH: Because thats where the money is? .
D.D: No, its not about that. Its about putting your music to other people, to see if they wanna be part of it, and
if they dont, thats fine. But we are pretty much obliged to go back, seeing were with a US label.
RH: Oh ok. . . .Look,
I know most bands dont exactly make the best money.
D.D: Well, look, youve got cover bands, and they get paid about
a grand or two a gig . .
RH: And thats good yeah?
D.D: Well (laughing), were getting a couple of hundred bucks,
and we have to pay for expenses etc etc . . I doesnt always work out.
RH: So you dont like cover bands?
Na, ive never been a big fan of them.
RH: Why do you think people turn to the easy option of being a musician in a
D.D: Well, it might be their good, but they dont want to, or cant write their own songs . . .i find writing
RH: I would've thought that youd get more for playing originals.
D.D: What do cover bands
do, play songs people like . .
RH: True true.
RH: I was really surprised by your sound, I was expecting more
punk stuff from BLM, but I was happily surprised. I personally think you guys sound a little Get Up Kids-esque. . .a bit emo-ish
D.D: The Get Up Kids, you reckon we sound a little bit like them
RH: Well, yeah, some of you bridge riffs
are remiscent of them . .
D.D: But dont you think Something For Kate are the most emo band around. . .
What?, emo is another way of saying punk . .SFK are certainly angst, but ..
D.D: Na Na na, emo is emotional . .. I
personally dont like the usage of the genre term. I think the word your looking for is Rock
RH: But then you have
all these sub-genres and . . .
D.D: Ahh, its either rock or pop.
RH: Ok . . .i'll leave it at that . . I sound
like a real idiot . . . .a bit of a stupid question . .
D.D: No, dont worry about it ..hey, that a line from an SFK
song "Theres no such thing as a stupid question."
RH: (quoting Mr. Garrison from South Park) . ."Only stupid people".
RH: This question might seem a bit . .oldish . ..(D.D: No, not at all), but how did you find
the transition from Caustic Soda to Blueline Medic . . .
D.D: Um . ..the reason why I formed BLM was because I wanted
to do more with what I was playing . .i wanted the space of playing something other than punk for a change, because we were
playing to people who liked punk. Of course, it was a gradual change, so people got the idea. I really wanted to expand, because
I have other tastes in music as well. And with these other really talented musicians, Chirpy (drums) was in Pollyana, Adrian
(guitar) played in Caustic for a bit, but was from Mid Youth Crisis and David (bass) played in The Bradshaw Figure. So we
all have different tastes.
R.H: How about song writing, who does the majority of that.
D.D: Well, its pretty
much a joint effort to say the least. . .we might all have songs we wanna try out .. so we might do that, but we all have
a say .. which is good.
RH: So, you wanted to make BLM better, and more diverse musically . ..
D.D: To get
something more, . .yeah, to do it better.
RH: Cool! But, do you usually get people who say something like, "Man, Caustic
will live on forever man . .."
D.D: Yeah, all the time.
R.H: Why do you think Caustic was known . .or at least
respected, not the BLM isnt or anything like that . ..
D.D: Well, it was a very rough band .. and the lyrics were
like . . every little thing hurts me, thus its due cause to write a song about it. . . .i think thats why people could relate
to it and still, like you do (points to all the BLM/Caustic Soda stuff in my bag) like it.
RH: So, in that case, are
the lyrics still about things like that. . .
D.D: Well not so much, there more fiction based, like writing a story
. .i used to dislike fiction in songs, but now I appreciate it. Caustic was very Here I stand, proud and loud and ignorant
of everyone else .. bla bla bla. . . . With fiction on the other hand, its like making a story, and whatever the characters
say or whatever, it doesnt necessarily have to come from me, as in my mown life experiences and things like that.
Oh ok . . .because to me caustic was very against
everything, dont like this, that, the other. . etc. .
R.H: Well, thanks for your time Donnie, it was really cool to meet you.
D.D: Yeah, thats cool.
Beat Magazine, July 4th, 2001
Blueline Medic launch their debut album, "The Apolody Wars",
at the Punters CLub on Firday July 13, with supports Nation Blue and End Transmission. After their American tour and their
supports of At the Drive in, Something For Kate and Jimmy Eat World here, you can get the album on July 16. Listen out for
the first single Making the Noveau Riche and look out for the video.
"Medic in the
Beat Magazine, July 4th, 2001
Blueline Medic launch their debut album "The Apology Wars" at the Punters Club, Fitzroy, Friday, July 13th, with
supports Nation Blue and End Transmission. The launch comes in the wake of their first American tour and support slots in
Australia with At the Drive In, Something for Kate and Jimmy Eat World. The album is available in Australia on July 16 through
licencee Redline Records, and in America from July 10 through the band's label Fueled by Ramen
Review on A working title in green
Blueline Medic is the sort of band that wins
you over on their convictions alone. They rock out with a manic fury, as if holding back Armageddon itself. Every member of
the band seems to be bleeding his soul into his instrument. With a singer who sounds a tiny bit like Richard Butler of The
Psychedelic Furs, the band maneuvers in the same slipstream as Jets to Brazil, with more subtle vocal phrasings and less obvious
hooks. "Swan Song Swan Dive" has a commendable driving force. Eschewing mere power-pop, the band layers on a dubby fuzziness,
forcing the listener to find the song underneath the raw energy of the guitars. It's a rewarding song for zipping around in
morning traffic. "Where You Are" lays on some quasi-Killing Joke guitar washes, which become overshadowed by more energetic
band interplay. The chief impression given is that Blueline Medic have a destination, and that getting there means translating
all of their emotions into their songs. The name of the band couldn't be more appropriate. Songs like "Shopping with a Cartesian"
seem to exist to convey rock energy. It's an accomplished energy that's consistent throughout the entire disc. Instruments
weave into and around each other, with no annoying noise factor to distract you. If the band was playing at your local pub,
even at full volume, you'd never be insulted or annoyed -- the buzz of their play is that infectious. This is not the sound
of the Next Big Thing. Blueline Medic is simply a quality band making music that they obviously give a damn about. They might
not even be as accessible as Jets to Brazil, but for getting your blood pumping, Working Title in Green is a safe and reliable
bet. If the band can focus more on hooks and melodies next time out, their quality playing and complete conviction will sell
the songs more fully.
-- Tim DiGravina
Yet standard rites-of-passage US road marathon has resulted in the debut LP by local lads Blueline
Medic. Untitled as yet, it was laid down at Washington's Inner Ear Studios between live dates with Samiam and Burning Airlines.
BLM rose from the combined ashes of Caustic Soda, Mid Youth Crisis and The Bradshaw Figure in late 1999 to sign to
prestigious Sony subsidiary, murmur (think silverchair, Jebediah and Something For Kate). The relationship lasted for just
one EP, Working Title In Green, but established an audible buzz when Plight 217 notched up some Triple J airplay.
trio Donnie Dureau, Adrian Lombardi and Dave Snow inducted a new member to the ranks for their recent OS jaunt. Perth drummer
Chirpy previously bashed the skins for Rail, The Favourite Game and The Mars Bastards.
Expect a fair swag of newly
committed tunes when the grungy and slightly bookish rockers zip up the east coast to launch their new disc in July.
Blueline Medic (David Snow)
By Amanda Heath - www.punkhardcore.com
Hey man. Hows it going?
David: Great. It's 10 am and a clear day. The city looks a treat and I'm not working today
Nice. Gotta love those days.
David: They sure are something.
Punkhardcore.com: Well. Lets start off by introducing
yourself and who the other band members of Blueline Medic are?
David: My name is David. Donnie, Adrian and Shaun are the
other valued members of Blueline Medic.
Punkhardcore.com: Alright. Cool. Now I know you can't really speak for everyone
else, but what are some of the bands major influences and musical backgrounds?
David: I've always enjoyed listening to
a variety of music. I don't know that everything you listen to has a direct impact on the way you play or the type of music
you can wind up writing, but I think it all helps frame what it is you do. This means that there's a bit of a lot of different
things in there: at least I feel I can find them in there. I think the dominant influences are the ones we do share as a band.
We all enjoyed 80s rock and I'm sure there's some of that in there. The Smiths, Psycadellic Furs...
How did Blueline Medic come together as a band, and what is the significance of the name behind it?
David: The name is
just that. Naming for namings sake.
Punkhardcore.com: What other bands have Blueline Medic's members been in?
We met through other bands. I guess one band called Caustic Soda provided the catalyst for us all getting together. Shaun
used to play in Polyana, I played in The Bradshaw Figure, Donnie was in Caustic Soda and Adrian was in One Inch Punch.
So how did the band come about being on Fueled By Ramen Records?
David: They wound up hearing us after a friend of ours
who knew someone (I think John or Vinnie) at FBR and gave them a copy of a demo . . . I'm a little hazy on it all.
So why did you decide to go with an American label, and not one in Australia?
David: There aren't many labels in Australia.
This country really is a small place. There are only 16 million people in the entire country, which is less than many of your
American cities. Music just isn't something you can do and devote your time to in Australia without surrendering to a Major
label for support. Once you do that it's hard not to let it all be reduced to a matter of 'moving units'. We flirted with
Sony and had our EP released and distributed by them.
Punkhardcore.com: Wow. Thats great. So what has been the taking
of Blueline Medic over in Australia? Do you have a large fan base? I know that here in North American your name is definitely
on the rise.
David: We haven't washed our hands of Australia. We have awesome shows in Melbourne. Adelaide, Sydney and
Brisbane are usually good to us. Last time we were interstate was right before we left for America. Those shows were huge
and a load of fun. Market analyses suggest ... We're happy with the way things are going out here. We get to play a lot of
great shows and get some time on the reputable radio stations. We start a tour with Jimmy Eat World out here in Australia
Punkhardcore.com: So tell everyone a little bit about your upcoming album.
David: We recorded the album
during February in Washington DC with J. Robins at Inner Ear. That man is the definitive humble genius. It was a rewarding
experience to record with him.
Punkhardcore.com: Who else recorded there? Was it Fugazi? I can't remember.
Yeah Fugazi were recording at Inner ear right before we started. Fugazi used John Z (another awesome man and linch-pin of
the DC music world). J. (Robins) has recorded The Promise Ring, Hey Mercedes, Jets To Brazil, The Dismemberment Plan (desoto's
finest) and his own band, Burning Airlines. J. (Robins) is an absolute gentleman.
Punkhardcore.com: Rad, that's quite
a list of great bands. What is Blueline Medic's touring plan's after the Australian one with Jimmy Eat World?
doing some more Australian shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Then we're heading out to the big cities to launch the Album. I'll
send you all the dates if you give me the email address. (See the dates below). We'll return to America in mid August and
hope to spend a month or so touring before the weather turns sour. Things aren't nailed down just yet, but everything is moving
along. I can't wait to get back out there and in that van. I honestly do enjoy it.
Punkhardcore.com: That's awesome. Im
definitely looking forward to seeing you guys. Just a few more questions . . . What are some little known facts about Blueline
David: We all work crappy jobs so we can tour.
Punkhardcore.com: Closing remarks?
David: I'd like to thank
you for your time. I'd also like to thank everyone and anyone who has come along to one of our shows or bought our EP for
their support. I really do hope you enjoyed it.
By MICHEAL DWYER
Age, Friday 16 June 2000
Whether the words were Sun, Blue Note, 4AD, Flying Nun or Luaka Bop, the label on the product
used to tell a good part of the story when it came to new music.
Sydneybased Murmur records is one of few that still puts
its logo where its musical prejudices lie: consider the raw, barely postgrunge ground shared by Ammonia, silverchair, Jebediah
and Something For Kate.
Melbourne's Blueline Medic is the latest addition to a roster that practically worships the frillfree
mix of electric guitar, distortion pedal and big, barking melody.
"I really love Something For Kate," says singer and
lyricist Donnie Dureau. "I find a lot of their stuff really reflective. There's so much gravity behind Paul Dempsey's lyrics.
It makes for great listening and it can become very emotive."
The power of the raw-throated roar and grunting overdrive
aside, the value of emotion is the theme to which Dureau repeatedly returns when discussing his band's debut EP, A Working
Title in Green. Musically it's a full-frontal electric assault, but Dureau's lyrics bear all the marks of the gravity to which
he aspires. "I do take the words very seriously," he says almost apologetically.
"Probably a little bit too seriously,
I think. I don't like listening to music that has no lyrical substance. I only ever listen to music to get emotional satisfaction
"A lot of the artists I listen to, like Billy Bragg and the Smiths and Bad Religion, there's a huge emphasis
on the lyrics conveying something of a story or an atmosphere. It's a pretty hard thing to do, and I guess that's why I work
extra hard at it."
Dureau lists NOFX and Jets to Brazil, fronted by ex-Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach, among
his heroes at the more literary end of the punk spectrum. "A lot of my songs come from observing people," he says, of which
the EP's voyeuristic opener, Plight 217, is an example.
"It's an actual event that happened on a plane. This girl sat
next to me and I just found her interesting. She was visibly upset but also trying to conceal it from everyone, and I'm sitting
there making up all these scenarios, wondering what might have put her there. Was she flying away from something? Was she
heading into something? I just wrote pretty much what I saw and set it against the backdrop of a first flight, that huge feeling
of excitement, but with that element of worry and danger there."
Blueline Medic's first album is halfwritten. Along with
guitarist Adrian Lombardi and bassist Dave Snow (drummer Lachlan Hodgson recently left), the band plan to record it in August,
hopefully with Burning Airlines main man J.Robbins producing.
Blueline Medic launch A Working Title in Green tonight at
the Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy.
Impress Magazine 15/8/01
Blueline Medic have
had a busy year and a half, signing to Redline Records locally, the prestigious Fueled By Ramen label in the States and releasing
their debut LP, The Apology Wars. Donnie tell Harry Stone all about it.
H.S: Tell us about the album
a bit of a mix of old and new. Shuffle and Scrapes actually an old Caustic Soda song that was released on a seven inch. And
the band decided to do that and play it live simply because they enjoyed playing it and they wanted to record it. I was kind
of against it because the song had already been done, but at the same time it wasnt released on CD. Welcome Paradox used to
be an old Caustic song too, which had this big fiery ending it was like two songs mashed together but I wanted to strip it
back and make something a little more I guess conventional, something more laid back and cruisey and that drifted into the
Blueline sets as well. But then youve got about six or seven songs we demoed that came through the Caustic/Blueline bleed
and we made the songs ours and reinvented them a little bit. And youve got Dave Snow on the bass who wrote two songs on the
record. The songs origins came from somewhere. But the rest of the record might have more of an album-esque feel to it.
So youre thinking about that already? Written any?
D.D: We have actually. The bands working on three songs at the moment.
Ive been working on a few here and there, a few acoustic, almost solo-esque type stuff, but I dont know if theyll ever hit
the band. And Daves got oodles of ideas, hes got riffs coming out his ear holes, so I dont think were going to have any shortage
of material. I think just getting the lyrics together might be the thing. Be weve got plenty of time.
H.S: You recorded
the album in the States, didnt you?
D.D: February in Washington, DC. Ten days, it might have been 11 actually. We did
it pretty quickly. We might have fallen behind once, but with (producer) J. (Robbins), steering the helm he herded us into
being productive again, only because we started getting fussy at one point. It was generally a painless experience.
What did J. bring to the record?
D.D: Definitely a personal milestone for me, and I think the guys were a little overawed
walking into the studio and seeing all the album covers over the walls. It was definitely an amazing experience. Very humbling.
He brought clarity. Ambience. Depth. Some of his other records have a real upfront sound about them, and they definitely have
room, but on this record Mark, who mastered it, said Jays going a lot more organic sound these days and I think our recording
might be and indicator of that. When I first started playing music and Im sure goes the same for Adrian, I was anti effects.
We wanted it all dry, straight up and no bullshit. But when we got into the studio this time round it was like why dont we
try this? and why dont we try that?. So we experimented a little bit and I think J. enjoyed that. In fact, most of them were
H.S: Recording in the States must put a bit more pressure on?
D.D: It felt a little bit claustrophobic
at times because it was winter and winter in such a place that were not used to. So youre tucked up in this little box; it
puts the pressure on. Especially when youre working towards a deadline, and weve got this amazing producer whod doing us a
favour, you want to be on your best behaviour. Tacked on the end of that is youre not on your home soil, you cant exactly
go home at night.
H.S: Did you play any shows while you were over there?
D.D: We did roughly 30 or 40 shows in
a two and a half month space. Those shows were amazing. Some of them were awful. And we had four weeks there where nothing
was happening, sweet bugger all, and we nearly tore each others throats out but we got through it. I think were a lot closer
H.S: Being on Fueled By Ramen must make it easier for you guys to go over and spend longer periods in the
States in the future . . .
D.D: Oh god, dont mention longer periods. Were not doing longer periods of time. No, no, no.
Weve set a ceiling on it. The maximum is six weeks. Its almost Big Brother, but the trouble is you cant evict anybody. I think
when we go over there next time were going to be looking for short, sharp quality tours. And well be doing our best to organise
them to the full before we go so theres no winging it like we did last time.
Blueline Medic play two shows at the
Punters Club this Saturday 18th under 18s in the arvo with H Block 101 and Seconds away, and over 18s that night with Seconds
away and Heartfelt Self. The Apology Wars is out now through Redline Records.
Someone get a medic!
Prior to joining Spiderbait on their national tour, Malbourne
quartet Blueline Medic hit the streets to talk up their debut album, The Apology Wars. Recorded at the famed Inner Ear Studios,
Washington D.C (Fugazi), the group have successfully translated their intricate lyrics & and impact-heavy tunes with the
right mix of melody and intensity to form an amazing cohesive record. Catch the band for two shows at the Punters Club this
Saturday August 18; Unfer 18s with H-Block 101, Identity Theft, Seconds Away and Heartfelt Self, doors 12:30 pm and later
with Seconds Aways and Heartfelt Self. Doors 8:30 pm Both shows $8. Blueline Medics Making the Nouveau Riche recently climbe
to no. 9 on JJJs Net 50.
Blueline Medic - The Apology Wars
Impress Magazine 29th August 2001
It's been hectic times for this
Melbourne quartet's hectic sound.
You just might remember them from such high profile support slots for At The Drive
In, Something For Kate, NOFX, The Living End, or Jimmy Eat World. You know, amongst others. Or perhaps from their song 'Making
The Noveau Riche; cracking the top 10 on the Triple J's Net 50. Then, there's always the fact that they were the first Australian
act to be signed to noted American indie label Fueled By Ramen. or simply, just word-on-the-grapevine about their dynamic
Bass player Dave Snow describes this here debut album as a summary of what Blueline Medic have been thinking
about and doing over the past year. That shouble be reason enough to check 'The Apology Wars' out.
Recorded, in a
rather hective two weeks, at famed Inner Ear Studios in Washington DC with noted American producer J. Robbins (Jets to Brazil
and The Promise Ring), this album follows on the heels of last years EP 'Working Title In Green'.
with intensity, these 11 tracks incorporated Donnie Dureau's emotion-laden and moving vocals in and around the biting guitars
and powerful drumming. The songs range from the blazing to the melancholy, and the challending to the cathartic. Somehow,
Blueline Medic manage to sound intricate and incisive whilst still delivering impact heavy tunes.
In the end, it's
all good, it's all jumpable and it's about time Blueline Medic started pulling the big-gun headlines.d
Interview with Dave Snow from Blueline Medic on the Mondo Bizarro Radio show on 3RRR FM.
About 10:30 pm-ish on Sunday 16/9/01. Interviewed By Stu Mondo and Mandy
S.M: Joining us on the line is Dave from Blueline Medic. Dave how are ya?
D.S: Ah, not too bad, yourself?
S.M: Ahh, yeah, so whats going on?
D.S: Just mucking about and watching a bit of telly.
S.M: What are you getting
into this evening?
D.S: Um, its the Russian wife, bride (sorry)
D.S: It looks like a story of a mail
order bride from Russia
S.M: You telling me the truth, or are you watching the 60 minutes coverage of the war . .
No, weve done that, I can watch too much of that. . Ill get panicky and wont sleep.
S.M: Yeah, I can completely understand
M.K: Yeah, it seems to be a pretty common thing at the moment.
S.M: Hmm, anyway, we wont talk about it,
. . well get onto distracting ourselves. Whats been going Dave? It seems your on a pretty big tour at the moment.
Yeah, weve been playing some shows with Spiderbait and Rocket Science. . Theyve been heaps of fun. One in Sydney last night
and Canberra the night before.
S.M: hmm, hows that going down? How are you ahh, hows the Spiderbait audience taking to
D.S: Hard to tell, were first on so . . .
M.K: That would have to be pretty difficult. .
D.S: Yeah its
more an audient than audience. Yeah, one or two, not that many, but theyve seem to be having fun.
S.M: Do they kinda know,
well, I dont mean this in a bad way but it is kinda a Triple J audience, do you see reaction when they hear the songs that
have been played?
D.S: Ahh, yeah some of them will maybe take a step forward, but then you its hard to see what people
are doing out there.
M.K: And how do you manage when youre used to playing shows at the Arthouse when everyone there is
very into your music and know what you guys are about and all of a sudden youre on tour with Spiderbait and playing to people
who perhaps dont know you as well. How do you inspire yourselves?
D.S: Dunno, we just feel that each time we play the
music, its a real privilege in itself. And we try and enjoy it for ourselves. Thats the good thing about lights; you cant
see that far anyway. So just pretend theres a bunch of people anyway, just behind that light having a ball.
S.M: The old
band caught in headlights?
D.S: yeah (laughing) But yeah, we just take from whatever we put into it, so if we put into
it that well have a good time, we get a good time. An audience does help, but thats not the most important thing.
Absolutely, so it would have been similar to a lot of the shows you did in the U.S a while ago, coming on proving your stuff.
D.S: Yeah, .. . .The one difference I think in America, everyone rocked up to the show at the start. Whereas here if youre
coming to see Spiderbait, you know that there not going to be on till a certain time so most people dont turn up, or go to
the bar or whatever.
S.M: Fashionably late.
D.S: Over there everyone is there to see all the bands.
was the experience like? How was the whole big trip, working with J. Robbins, working at Inner Ear, all that stuff?
Great, really cool. In the recording stuff, with Jay we were a little bit intimidated yet excited. You know, Hey, were doing
something with J.Robbins. Wow, whats he going to be like? Then to get there and meet him, at the outset he was one of the
nicest people that Ive ever come across. Really helpful and great ideas, he has a really great ear. He was a great person
to have recording our first album. He made it really easy for us.
S.M: How did you get in contact with him to start with?
Were you hooked up, or was it through Fueled by Ramen?
D.S: it was more through Fueled by Ramen, they asked us who wed
like to deal with and we listed him at the top. They got in contact with him. It was a long process. It was just an email
and a few calls. He heard the demos and agreed to do it.
S.M: Fantastic, I believe the plans for Blueline is to go back
to the U.S sometime in the future?
D.S: Not sure when, we just have to wait for some responses. Were looking forward to
it, but maybe not for quite as long, but well definitely go back there for a little bit.
S.M: Hows the record being going
on Fueled by Ramen over there, have you been getting email from the U.S?
D.S: Yeah, theyve been really happy with the
way that people have responded to it. Its a little different to here, as theres no national radio, so you gotta go out and
tour. To get the same affect that maybe triple j would have. You gotta be in the van for six weeks.
S.M: Sure, what about
D.S: Hmm, the only thing with that is that its so fractured, its really small. Tiny scale. It often doesnt
broadcast outside of campus. That is one of the things that bands seem to do, go to all the different ones and say hello.
S.M: Do the hard slog . . Did you do much press while you were there. How were you treated, were you a novelty being an
D.S: Yeah, it was . .Say this, what does that taste like, what language do you speak . .
(laughing), Did you get asked about vegemite, did you have to say GDay mate?
D.S: We actually took some vegemite with
M.K: they hate it dont they.
D.S: They wanted to try it, but we knew that they hated it. But we couldnt find anywhere
to get some more. Well we could give you some, and youre gona hate it, but then we have none for ourself.
S.M: Just say,
Look, we know the crocodile hunter, so its all good. That started on T.V tonight didnt it?
D.S: Not sure, we watched it
while we were over there. There fanatics over him.
S.M: That bizarre. Well thanks for giving us a buzz Dave, how much
longer do you have on the Spiderbait tour?
D.S: Well next weekend were playing two shows in Brisbane, one in Byron Bay.
Then we go over to Perth for a few shows the following weekend.
S.M: Thats excellent Dave. So who you flying with?
Were with Qantas (jokingly). I dont know how we managed to afford that, but I think were getting a bus.
S.M: Dave, im
going to play a track of The Apology Wars. Whats youre favourite track?
D.S: ooh, . .. .number 4.
S.M: Hmm, good radio
. . (laughing)
D.S: I didnt know the track listing (jokingly), but I was born in April, so its all good.
S.M: At least
we had the war is the track youve picked. Thank you very much; well talk to you very soon.
by Redmond Hamlett
Donnie Dureau and Dave Snow interview with Richard Kingsmill
on the Oz Music Show, Triple J Radio. 10/7/01
R.K: "Making the noveau riche" from Blueline Medic's new album
"The apology wars", and Donnie and Dave with from the band on Triple J. Tell us about the writing of that track then, the
inspiration for it. What were you thinking about, what was going through your mind when you came up with the lyrics for that
D.D: The song lyrically, well I didn't agonize over the words on this as much as I have over other songs. So
I decided just to write how I felt at the time. Dont worry about trying to come up with something over the top, or anything
to poetic, just sort of write it how it is, how I feel at the time. Thats what I came up with. The part with the guys at rehearsal
and played it to them they said "Yep, ok." We played it after one take, (laughing) I reckon.
D.S: Yeah, it was the
R.K: Is that right?
D.D: Yeah, that was the quickest song weve ever come up with. It was 20
minutes in the rehearsal room. It was like afterwards ". . hmm there's one song sorted."
R.K: Did that not feel strange?
D.S: It did feel really strange, is there something we forgot. . or. . ???
D.S: Or is there
a bridge. .
R.K: Or actually are you doing a cover version someone else's song . (laughing with guys)
Well it was on my mind . .(laughing) ahh no no.
R.K: In the track, on reaching the end of the song, its kinda a realization
that your life might change, you might actually go down that path, but you give it a shot, but gonna strive for a better life,
but you think more likely than not you'll end up just. . suburban, paying taxes, same old, same old . . doing that each year,
style of thing.
D.D: Yeah, pretty much. I mean being in a band and making it work is really a hard task. All the people
we've met in playing with bands struggle to make a living from it. It's not an easy road at all.
R.K: Why do you do
D.S: If I wasn't doing music then I'd be doing something else that is creative; To think and come up with
solutions for different problems to different ways of doing things. And doing as part of a group is better than doing it alone,
because youve got other people trying to work out how everything can work and different peoples ideas.
R.K: And also
I imagine that a band like Blueline Medic makes you think. Because of the lyrical side of things and what your talking about.
D.S: Yeah, Donnie's got a great writing style, lyrically and musically . . ..
D.D: So far . . .
But he hates the chorus (laughing with everyone).
D.D: What do you mean? I love choruses.
R.K: Well, where
are they, did you put them on the edit room floor?
D.D: I dunno, well, we make a few variations on songs, haven't
we? So far, I think?
D.S: We have a chorus that isn't repeated but suggested again latter.
D.D: I like to
tantalize, rather than throw in the face.
R.K: Is there a reason why you come up with choruses where the lyric's change,
even though structurally the same. . You wont sort of repeat the same chorus again through the track . . Is there a reason
why you dont do that?
D.D: I think its mainly to keep up interested as well as the listener. I just want the songs
to have a bit more staying power. I like songs that you can listen to a couple years down the track and not get bored of them.
R.K: A lot of bands dont do it these days do they? Except for maybe tool, they're an exception
. Well. . It depends on what kind of area of music you are looking at. You would know that it's vast. . The Britney Spears
of the world, which have there songs written for them to a formula by great songwriter's, completely different to other people
like Fugazi who are going out of their way to do something completely different. I dont know where we fit in. . Somewhere
round the middle. . (laughing)
R.K: Or maybe a little bit more on the Fugazi side.
by Redmond Hamlett
Forte Magazine - 21/3/02
Last July witnessed the release of this Melbourne based group's highly acclaimed
album, The Apology Wars. The debut offering formed a fiercely audible climax to the promise contained within the four-piece's
2000 debut EP, A Working Title In Green. At the time, they found themselves getting down to business, with large caliber support
slots in the vein of The Living End, At The Drive In, NOFX and Jimmy Eat World. And all this after only roughly two years
as a fully calibrated unit.
Prior to the group's formation in early 2000, its members had hailed from
an assorted pedigree of Australian rock acts. Vocalist/guitarist Donnie Dureau and guitarist Adrian Lombardi emerged from
Caustic Soda, whilst bassist Dave Snow, was once a member of The Bradshaw Figure. Percussionist Shaun Lohoar, who's past included
stints with Pollyanna and Rail, because the missing component in an outfit, that in the same year bore the distinction of
becoming the first Australian band signed to American indie label, Fueled By Ramen.
Drawn to the US (in early 2000) by their mutual admiration for the work of
producer Jay Robbins, (The Promise Ring, Jets To Brazil) the four-piece set up camp at Washington DC's Inner Ear Studio's
- the famed recording place of Fugazi. Midway through the recording of The Apology Wars, the became swarmed with offers for
shows, and so, in virtually no time at all, the quartet found themselves swept up into the rollercoaster excitement of the
wryly named, Poverty Breeds Purpose Tour, through North America.
Much to the band's surprise, the first gig in Houston, Texas, already had
the kids, "huddling at the barriers", thanks to a healthy dose of college radio airplay, an eventual support slot for Hot
Water Music, helped to crack what had been touted as, "a tough San Fransisco audience". Some forty gigs ensued over a two
and a half-month period - an experience which, even many months later, still has the four-piece reeling.
Unlike Grinspoon, who vehemently loathe acknowledgment of the influence of
the "Oz rock tag", (whilst in the US) members of Blueline Medic are inclined to admit that lately its seems to have helped
- even if just a tiny bit. "With the Australian novelty factor we did have an advantage - for a second or two - then they
would have found out that we could actually play," Lohoar recalls.
The dizzying success of the quartet's North American tour has endowed them
with a greater clarity and energy than ever. For home audiences, it is a mood that is set to transpire further in the lead
up to the Australian leg of the Vans Warped tour, and beyond.
Whilst much of the live material played in the near future will herald from
the foursome's much lauded debut, audiences can expect the inclusion of a whole new series of creative stirrings. "Since the
album, we have written about three or so new songs, with another three or four lined up," mentions the percussionist. Upcoming
live shows are set to waft out the sweet aromas of a home-cooked release, which is steadily simmering in the wings.
"It was nice to record while we were there (US), but this time around we would
like to keep it local and stick to what we know,"
Signs are encouraging that they will have the necessary ingredients of "between
fifteen and sixteen songs," to choose from for the forthcoming album, which is tentatively slated for completion towards the
end of this year. "Donnie (vocalist/guitarist) is writing a lot more these days, seeing that he isn't working as much." Lohoar
says. "Our time management is much better - so we're getting to rehearse a lot more as well,"
Towards the end of the interview, Shaun mentioned that he had been busy trying
to sell an old drum kit to pay his rent. "There should be a guy here any minute," he says hopefully.
You can't help wondering, if the lucky person who purchases the kit will realise,
that not only has he helped keep a roof over a drummers head, but that he has also snagged himself an exciting piece of Australian
Blueline Medic will appear at Vans Warped, after which they will play Ballarat's
Bridge Mall Inn, April 13th. Working Title In Green and The Apology Wars are now available courtesy of Redline/Shock
Records Australia. For more info www.bluelinemedic.com.
Transcribed by Redmond Hamlett
Impress Magazine 24th
Adrian Lombardi of Blueline Medic
is far from precious with Michael Eva as he admits to a thing for Tori Amos.
Blueline Medic and Tori Amos may
not be the most likely of combinations but as Blueline Medics latest offering the Tori Amos cover Precious Things proves,
they may have more in common than youd think. Bristling with the Medics trademark
melancholic grunt, tinged with a touch of the apocalyptic, Precious Things could just as easily be a song written by
the lads from Melbourne instead of being written by one angry American woman.
Precious Things is something
that Donny (Dureau, Blueline guitarist and vocalist) and I have toyed around with for a long time cos we were really big Tori
Amos fans, contests Bluelines sober and contemplative guitarist Adrian Lombardi. Precious
Things just seemed to translate well into what Blueline Medic are all about. Her
version is essentially just piano with voice and drums in there. It is very different
yet in many ways the same as ours.
Precious Things forms
one-third of Blueline Medics contribution to a new EP set to be released by their Australian label Redline records. It is actually a four way spilt with Second Best from Sydney and Midtown and Movieline from the States,
says Lombardi. Each band is going to have to three songs on the EP and I think
it is going to be called New, Old, Rare. We recorded Precious Things
cos we were going with the rare vibe. The live track is actually a new song called
Theyll Let You Know. That was a Triple J live recording. I actually havent heard it yet but I hope it sounds bloody good! The old song is a song called Cathedral
off our first album The Apology Wars.
With their debut album The
Apology Wars released in 2001, Precious Things will be the first new release for the band in just over a year with
plans for a new album set for the end of this year. We have about nine or ten
songs finished which we have been road testing and they have been awesome. They
are being more well received that some of the other stuff. We want to have about
fifteen or so songs so that the album can be as strong as we can possibly make it which is very important to us.
Before they head back into the
studio though, Blueline has some touring they need, and want, to get out of their systems.
We are going to do another tour in September to aid the release of this EP and also to play with an American band called
Pilot To Gunner from New Jersey. All I know about them is that a guy that we
know from Sydney who is releasing their next record was speaking to them about coming out here and they said they wanted to
play with us. I think they have either seen us over there or heard of us. I am still waiting for my CD to have a listen to them though but the other guys have
heard it and seem to really like it.
By the time the tour comes around
Blueline Medic should be an even tighter and more cohesive live unit that ever before after spending all of July traversing
our line land with punks energetic sidekicks Bodyjar. We just spent the last
two weeks up the East Coast with Bodyjar actually, says Lombardi. It has gone
done really well. A lot of people that we play in front of with Bodyjar havent
seen us before so some nights its hard to gauge what people are thinking because they are not making much noise but they seem
to be listening attentively and sussing us out.
Its not just live practice that
Bodyjars Plastic Skies tour is giving the Medics but its also giving them a bit more conditioning for the massive task
that is touring Australia. Its hard touring anywhere in Australia because the
distances are the hardest thing, laughs Lombardi. When we were in the States,
in some cases we were only driving for a few hours to play our next show. The
good thing about the Bodyjar shows is that they have been doing a lot of smaller towns like Coffs Harbour, Maroochydore and
Woodonga. Some of them are great. Woodonga
was a weird one, it must have been school holidays because there were about 400 or 500 kids there. I imagine that there is not much happening in places like Woodonga for kids to do so when there is something
on, regardless of whether they are into it or not, they are just going to go along.
The kids that are watching the music are into it and the ones that are just there to kiss girls or boys, or whatever,
they have a good time anyway. It was very bluelight disco", he chuckles.
While Blueline continue
to build a following here in Australia, The Apology Wars, released in America on Fueled By Ramen records, is still
doing the work of building them a solid following and fanbase over there. We
are selling more records in the States that we are here, enthuses the bemused Lombardi.
The hardest thing for us though is getting back there. We actually got
offered some Warped Tour dates over there but we couldnt afford to get there. Having
the money to get there is our biggest hurdle at the moment but once we get there, there will be plenty of good things happening
by Redmond Hamlett
Blueline Medic Sleepyhead
Impress Magazine 26th
The grunty guitar sounds
lift this song to potent effect. Donnie Dureau borrows an almost Smiths-like
approach to song construction and melodic phrasing that suits him and this song as well, yet instead of exploring the misery
of daily urban existence, Dureau sings a call for the suburban kisd to leap out of bed and be thankful for the have. Its a convincing package.
Transcribed by Redmond Hamlett
Impress Magazine March 5th 2003
Clem Baston finds Blueline
Medics Donnie Dureua to be a serious young insect. Most of the time.
I am sure theres been a
few people whove loathed it. If people absolutely detest it, then thats
cool. Blueline Medic front-man Donnie Dureau isnt talking about football, Brussels
sprouts, or the latest Britney Spears single, hes talking about their last album, The Apology Wars. I mean, I dont think a lot of bad press actually gets shown to me and I dont go out of my way to look for
it either but Id rather people love it or loathe it than just go, oh yeah, thats all right; I dont want that. Its a sentiment typical of the passion that Dureau has for his chosen art, rock and roll.
He has never allowed the
sound to be pigeonholed, however, and relies on a more organic process of inspiration and creation: Blueline Medic was all about. . . wel, if we wanted to do a softer ballad we could do that, or if we wanted
to do something harder then wed do that. See what happens; whatever you feel
like writing at the time, you try to get off on what you like about music. But
what about the audience? The danger with reflective songs is to drift into self-indulgence
is it just a happy coincidence if the audience or the listener likes it too? Oh
yeah, says Dureau again, starting to sound like the lost member of Yello, I mean, youre not making music for you, if
people are coming to see you play, or paying money to buy your records, then you want them to get something out of the experience
as well. Its something Im learning more and more as I get older; a few years
ago I was very, I dont care what other people think, Ill just do what I want to do.
I mean thats cool, but if you dont realise that other people need to get something out of your music too, well. . .
youll soon stop.
Continuing this them of
audience inclusion comes Smith-tinged new single Sleepyhead. It has been
billed as inspirational and an anthem for surburbia. Was that intentional, or
just spin? Arent the best anthems simply adopted rather than made? Yeah, I guess youre right. But I think the narrative of the
lyric is anthemic theres very little of me in there, its less of a personal song and more general. It addressed the listener as part of something bigger, local society, Melbourne, Australia whatever. He finds the press clamouring for hidden meaning in songs rather amusing, though:
That metaphor (six thirty comes / like a call to arms) is simply that, it doesnt refer to anything political. It just symbolises that time when you have to get up for work and it literally feels like a battle, when
its bitterly cold and still dark, and you have to drag yourself out of bed.
The band have stayed out
of bed long enough to record a new album, Text_Bomb, which is scheduled for release in April. What can fans and listeners expect from the new material?
You can expect the quiet
songs to be quieter, and the loud songs to be louder, Dureau says somewhat cryptically, Its a little dark in places too. .
. thats all I can say. It sounds quite Zen, but if the songs are as strong as
Sleepyhead then the band has smooth-sailing ahead.
They will also tour the
new material around Australia, and in his excitement about the imminent gigs, Dureaus serious young insect fašade falls: I
can tell you that people who come along to our gigs really like the songs and get into it.
Well rehearse like friends to get ready for the tour, and then well have fun.
Just get up on stage and have fun.
Blueline Medic launches
Sleepyhead this Saturday 8th March at The Evelyn Hotel, with Edison and Days of Iris.
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On the record -
Blueline Medic Text Bomb (Redline Records)
Impress Magazine 7th
After their 2001 debut Apology
Wars, Melbourne band Blueline medic are back with their follow up LP, Text Bomb.
Second albums are always a difficult delivery, often greeted by trepidation and hesitant ears. Fortunately, Blueline Medic have created a musically strong album that will provide them with a solid launching
pad from which to establish an American following. This album is being released
concurrently in the US.
Text Bomb opens convincingly
with Sleepyhead, a rocking guitar tune familiar to many due to its already extensive radio airplay. The pace is firmly kept up by Cotton Oriental Pants a track loaded with speedy drumbeat, snappy
guitar chords and smooth vocals. The tempo changes slightly with third track
Upright as the guitars become more stabilised and lyrics including Youre taking water/Youre losing shape/Youve got
to smile slow the album down. However, its a welcome change in direction
that is followed on by the ballads Theyll Let You Know, Loss and Scotch In The Clown. Somewhere in the middle sits the title track Text Bomb. Its
a sound piece thanks to its fast guitars and Shaun Lohoars persistent drumbeat having been fittingly juxtaposed with Donnie
Dureaus powerful vocals, its well placed to be a hit track.
Following on and Perfect
Son is in your face, right where it should be. This song is strongly supported
by powerful guitar riffs, a thumping bassline and Dureaus melodic vocals. From
The Loft provides on final wave to Blueline Medics apparent force as a guitar rock band, whilst Exit Strength affirms
their equally strong talent as tuneful yet understated musicians.
If there were any doubts
about Blueline Medics ability to produce a solid second album, Text Bomb quashes these fears in their entirety. The group has created a brilliant album that not only reaffirms their ability as a
rock band; it showcases their strength as subtle and melodic musicians as well.
Transcribed by Redmond Hamlett
Impress Magazine Late May/Early June 2003
Blueline Medic are hitting the
road to heal our rock n roll souls. Bassist Dave Snow treats Michael Eva.
Had whoever is in charge
of these sort of things, deemed fit for Blueline Medic to originate from somewhere in America or even Europe, they would no
doubt by now have a large and avid following and normal, nine to five, day jobs would be nothing but a distant memory. As it is Bluelines exceptional brand of intelligent rock has garnered them a relatively
strong following by Australian standards, especially considering intelligent rock is a rare commodity in Australia at the
moment. Unfortunately though the day jobs are still a necessity. It would be cool to earn money doing something that I love which is making music but I dont ever expect
not to have to work, muses the ever modest and philosophical Blueline bassist Dave Snow.
While Snow might not expect
it, there are many indications that one day the Blueline boys just may be able to cast off the shackles of the capitalist
treadmill. Their latest album Text_Bomb bristles with a unique blend of
saccharine melodies, discordant guitars and stilted time signatures. Its an extremely
well crafted album right down to the lyrics, which exude the sort of considered intelligence that most other Australian bands
can only dream of. Text_Bomb is already one of the releases of the year. In light of this its not surprising to learn that the songwriting process for Blueline
is an involved one.
We are actually already
working on the new album, says Snow. It is a constant thing for us to keep writing
songs. We are not particularly quick with writing new songs but we are constant. (For Text Bomb) it wasnt like we had one period where we wrote most of the songs,
it was pretty much from the moment we stopped recording the last album that we all the songs for this one. Writing like this gives the guys the chance to really explore every possible avenue with every song. The songs end up getting a life of their own from exploring all the different ideas
that we have got. We end up spending a month on something then at the end of
a month we end up going Nah, its not really happening. But if we had have gone
with the first idea then we probably would have really liked it. I think that
we do get too caught up in the ideas that we originally and judging the songs by that.
In the end though you have to look at a song and think that although it doesnt do what you wanted it to do, it is good
anyway, says Snow.
Bluelines last release came
in the form of a split EP with three American bands through their American label Fueled By Ramen called NEW.OLD.RARE (correction
two Australian bands and two American bands). NEW.OLD.RARE featured
the amazing Blueline cover of the Tori Amos songs Precious Things and seemed to signal a more aggressive direction
for the band. Its up and down, says Snow of the type of songs the band write. We seriously write some stuff, some of which may not have ended up on the album because
it wasnt right, that isnt that melodic. Its pretty much that whatever grabs our
attention at the time that we go with, its not like we decide to write melodic songs or anything. It is really sporadic and almost eclectic. We are almost parasitic
with what we are listening to and what we are playing in regards to what sort of ideas and stuff we are having.
While musically the songs
on the album are all obviously tinged by the bands influences like Bad Relgion, The Smiths, Radiohead and Fugazi to name a
very small few, so are the lyrics, which often seem to take on an almost socialist line.
A lot of that gets in there, agrees Snow, and a lot of it does have to do with what we grew up listening to. We grew up listening to Bad Religion and those sorts of bands and the politics in those are definitely
left bent towards socialism and some of the other stuff is almost anarchism. That
is the things that often draws you towards certain bands I think.
After being about a six
months sabbatical from playing live, Blueline are ready and eager to showcase their new songs.
At least they must be considering the hectic schedule they have lined up for themselves for their upcoming national
tour including a one-day break between a show in Adelaide and a show in Port Macquarie.
Its not that bad, laugh Snow a little nervously. It is expensive to hire
a van and that sort of thing. That will be a long drive that one but it would
be just silly for us to come back to Melbourne with all of our gear. We do it
quite often. If there is, say, one gig in Adelaide or Sydney we will drive there
and then after the gig pack that van up and drive home so we can be at work the next morning.
With such a hardcore work ethic towards touring its of little surprise that the rock and roll antics are kept to a
bare minimum. It comes down to economics and if you break something then you
have to pay for it, comments Snow on the timeless rock and roll manoeuvre of encouraging your hotel television out of the
hotel window. We will go out, have a couple of drinks and have fun although if
it is a longer tout Donnie has to sing and cant drink which is good because we always have a nominated driver.
With a manager who also
looks after current UK darlings The Cassanovas and an obvious buzz and groundswell of support for Blueline, the future, both
locally and even internationally is looking pretty dammed rosy for the band. It
looks like we will be going to the UK and the States in September, October. We
are signed to the American label Fuelled By Ramen so we have the responsibility to go back and tour and promote the album. So far we have had some great reviews and stuff for the States and we are now just
looking forward to getting over there.
Text_Bomb is available
through Redline Records. Blueline Medic are joined by Thinktank at the National
Hotel, Geelong and on Thursday 5th June and the Corner Hotel on Friday 6th.
Transcribed by Redmond Hamlett
Neo_Front Issue 3 - October 2004
Gig Review – Donnie Dureau (Blueline Medic) @ The Preston Hotel, Thursday 2nd September
W/ Hamish and Luke Legs.
Review by Redmond Hamlett
These gigs at the Preston are becoming somewhat of a regular occurrence in the Geelong live music scene.
A good thing to, considering the talent and performances that have been seen here: tonight would be no exception. The Preston was more crowded than usual to see first up, singer/songwriter Hamish play some very beautiful and
poetic acoustic guitar tunes. Although his set was brief, his performance was
well received and left a sweet note in everyone’s ear, not to say his songs were cute ditties, but well crafted slow
rock tunes sung with heartfelt emotion.
It seems emotions were running high tonight, as Luke Legs took to the stage clad in leather jackets
and tuxedo t-shirts, the 5 piece including keyboard and violin were promoting their new EP “If it doesn’t rain
… it pours”. All five of the Legs took the mantle of the Preston. It
seems the crowd were really warming up to these guys – they played songs that sounded like a twist between the Art of
Fighting and Dirty Three – spaced out tunes with a sombre note, music you can look up into the sky with their soothing
sound and flowing but constructed arrangements. It seems these guys had built
a very loyal following, or that they rang up all their mates to come along because it seems most people really understood
these guys, and also their laid-back nature on stage. These guys had some chemistry on stage and with the audience that is
rarely seen from such a young band. Kudos to Luke Legs.
After an intense performance, Donnie Dureau lightly took to the stage, without some of the grandeur of Luke Legs, I
would say Donnie was quietly confident, but unfortunately most of the crowd left to go to the Luke Legs after party. Nonetheless, Donnie Dureau (of Blueline Medic and Caustic Soda fame) was well received
with those few lucky enough to see his solo material. He opened with an old Caustic
Soda tune, Three cheers for the f*^&head in the corner, which on acoustic guitar sounds something like a Billy Brag ballad,
there were people singing along which was amazing. Donnie played ‘ceramic’
– which featured as a B-side on BLM ‘Sleepyhead’ single. Also
some irish ballads about weird relationships and 1940s politicians who spoke about rights for the poor – Donnie, like
in his Blueline Medic material, was looking to fiction for inspiration for his lyrics, even though he was sounding almost
Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra-ish. Donnie even had people clapping along
to his songs, it seems he went down really well with the crowd, amongst hecklers telling him to play songs from his other
bands, he finished his expertly crafted and performed with a Blueline Medic anthem,
“Making the Nouveau Riche”.
I think Donnie had everyone in arms, or at least me anyways.
Look out for gigs at the Preston, because like I always say: one good turn deserves