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The Floating Life
Label: Bang! (Spain)
Catalogue No: (BANG!-CD24)
Format: CD (digipak)
Released: 2007
Price: $ 20.00
Leadfinger - The Floating Life
Also from Leadfinger:   Various Releases  Associated Releases:  Asteroid B-612:  Various Releases
Spanish import debut solo release from Stew Cunningham (Proton Energy Pills, Brother Brick, Asteroid B-612, The Yes-Men). This release takes a mainly acoustic, chilled out approach.
Tracklisting: (42:16 m:s)
  1. I Went Looking (3:21 m:s)
  2. Edge of Suburbia (3:57 m:s)
  3. Thin Lizzy (3:49 m:s)
  4. Boo Radley (4:25 m:s)
  5. Back in the 'Burgh (2:57 m:s)
  6. So in a Hurry (4:03 m:s)
  7. The Sydney Way? (3:08 m:s)
  8. Bicycle Man (3:50 m:s)
  9. A Floating Life (3:31 m:s)
  10. The Philadelphia Ruse (5:36 m:s)
  11. The Music Had the Last Say (3:39 m:s)
Over the last 16 years Leadfinger has done his time and written many awesome songs for great Australian rock and power pop bands like Brother Brick, Asteroid B-612, The Proton Energy Pills, The Yes-Men and Challenger-7 but with The Floating Life he set out to do something totally different - all by himself - writing, playing, engineering, recording, producing and mixing The Floating Life from start to finish at his own dodgy home studio under his house on the southern edge of Sydney.

The result is an album that is definitely unlike anything else you are likely to hear this year, bluesy and dark and at times electric with high energy and powerful riffs, it veers into the melodic territory of power pop but with a noisier, harder edge ... still with lots of guitars and great songs but with a fresh take on Aussie underground rock'n'roll. The Floating Life sits on the brilliant side of lo-fi and has been described as equal parts Westerberg, Chilton, Kuepper and Hitchcock with Fred 'Sonic' Smith along for the ride on lead guitar.

Stand out tracks are the driving mayhem of Edge of Suburbia, the 4/4 rockin' fun of Thin Lizzy (think of The Replacements meet Alex Chilton but this one is for Phil Lynott) and the stark acoustic power of A Floating Life - a song inspired by the work of Australian underground poet, John Forbes.

The Floating Life has plenty of great songs with its main themes revolving around the highs and lows of life as a rock'n'roller on the margins of the music world, it is sure to surprise and endear itself to anyone with ears, so take the punt and check it out.