Ripped Genes & Analogue Dreams was originally released on 24th November 2012 as a seven song CD EP in a limited edition run of 100 copies only, all signed and numbered. The CD was available at gigs only and via mail order from the band. The CD version is sold out.
After a busy year in 2011 promoting and touring their 3rd album, We Make the Music, Leadfinger spent the best part of the 2012 writing and recording a stack of new tracks at Sydney’s Def Wolf studio before adding the finishing touches at Leadfinger’s own Rendezvous Studio in the sleepy backwater town of Helensburgh, south of Sydney.
With the resulting album, No Room at the Inn set for release in February 2013 the band wanted to give their loyal fans and the curious out there an appetiser which lead to the self-release of a sneak preview EP titled Ripped Genes & Analogue Dreams featuring a track from the album, three non album originals and a clutch of obscure covers loved by the band.
Well known around the world for keeping alive the flame of classic Sydney hi-energy rock’n’roll, Ripped Genes & Analogue Dreams see’s Leadfinger take a sideways step to showcase their passion and prowess at the classic genre of power-pop rock’n’roll a la The Flamin Groovies, The Replacements, Danny and the Champs, Tom Petty and The Smithereens!
Album track – PRETTY THING kicks the EP off in a flash of power pop rock that harks back to The La’s ‘There She Goes’ and a nod to the Big O’s ‘Pretty Woman’, before launching into a stirring version of ALL THE ACTION – written by ex-Flamin Groovies frontman Chris Wilson as a follow up to his classic SHAKE SOME ACTION! Articulate and literate bunch that these Leadfinger boys are – as evidenced by the title of this EP, the band veer into social commentary on new originals – POOR MAN’S BOOGIE, INDIANS AND LEFT WING XMAS – the bands take on recent social events like the GFC, Occupy Movement, shock jocks, Media ethics and Julian Assange, delivered with wit and rock’n’roll hooks. The limited edtion CD version of the EP is rounded out with Leadfinger versions of T-Rex and Smithereens classics for the lucky few who bought the CD version.
released November 24, 2012
Dillon Hicks: Drums
Michael Boyle: Electric Guitar and Backing Vocals
Reggie Screen: Electric Bass Guitar
Stewart Cunningham: Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Harmonica
Bulahdelah Boomerangs RLFC: Hand clapping and beer drinking
Recorded over Winter 2012 at Def Wolf Studios, Sydney and Leadfinger’s Rendezvous Studio in Helensburgh, New South Wales
Recorded by Steve McCarthy, Stewart Cunningham and Matt Clarke
Produced by Stewart Cunningham
Mastered by William Bowden
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