Reviews for We Make the Music...
“The portents were there that it was going to be a very good album but Leadfinger’s “We Make The Music” makes a convincing claim for greatness in the space of 49 minutes. From the Who-like title track that opens it to the Hendrix-tinged finale, “Beside Me, Against Me” (with its shades of “Castles in the Air”) this is a bona fide Australian classic.”
– The Barman, i-94Bar, April 2011
“There are any number of tropes you might expect to hear on a classic rock album… The important thing is what you do with them – are you going to go by the numbers or are you going to really go for it ? Is it just going to be all present and correct or is it going to be all the energy you have, the sound of total commitment – heart and soul and rough times and rocking till you can’t rock anymore and then still dragging one more encore out? Leadfinger fall into the latter category – they rock and they rock hard.”
– Jonathan Aird, Americana UK, May 8th 2011
The third Leadfinger album – We Make the Music is a great collection of songs about the ins and outs of playing in a rock’n’roll band, it’s about the music, the ups and downs and the relationships, it will have you turning up the volume and punching your fist in celebration but it is also evocative at times, drawing heavily on the inspirational well of adolescence. We Make the Music is the album that won Leadfinger many new fans and broke the band to a wider underground audience.
After the swamp blues jams and big riffs of their previous album Rich Kids, the Leadfinger of We Make the Music is a more controlled vehicle, acutely aware of the past whilst kicking into the future. The now 4 piece line up had been gigging solidly for almost 2 years when they entered Big Jesus Burger Studios with JP Fung at the controls. We Make the Music relies heavily on the warmth that comes from using vintage recording techniques, giving it a sound reminiscent of classic seventies recordings by Big Star and the Rolling Stones. The band got to experiment a bit in the big time studio environment of BJB in Sydney’s Surry Hills, this time using acoustic guitars, mandolins and dobros, and with the help of Brent Williams (New Christs) added some keys and piano to the mix to make this the bands most diverse album musically.
The album was officially released through Australia’s Impedance Records on April 8 2011 with the vinyl version of the album out in July 2011, through Spain’s Bang! Records (www.bang-records.net
Lyrically, We Make the Music is a celebration of the artist and highlights the good and bad that every band goes through – WE MAKE THE MUSIC, the ephemeral pursuit of dreams – THE PRICE YOU PAY, and teenage rebellion & confusion FOURTEEN. The timelessness of the songwriting on this album invites comparisons with Paul Westerberg, Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Rory Gallagher, and Paul Kelly while the rough edges are a tribute to the band’s punk days listening to Radio Birdman, The Saints and MC5.
In a world where people would rather vote for their pop-stars than their politicians, the songs of Stew ‘Leadfinger’ Cunningham take us back to a simpler time when music told us a story: our story.