The Bowls Club Album Launch

Saturday 29 July 2017 (opening 7:30 PM)

at The Junk Bar's Skukum Lounge ( venue info )
215 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove QLD


Reserve Tickets

Price includes booking fees

General Admission $21.45

Rational Animal, the second full-length offering from capricious east coast outfit The Bowls Club, is one of those rare finds of wondrous and compelling beauty; like a missing Manet uncovered in a dusty Parisienne attic.

Rational Animal sees the trio darken the technicolour of previous recordings (2007's eponymous EP and 2014’s Pretty Rosey), and apply softer textures and more subtle shades to a coppery canvas of piano, bass and drums (with guitar and musical saw overdubs added later). The results are striking; the whole thing is dripped in warm analogue acoustics and natural atmosphere, masterfully crafted and captured to two-inch tape by Jamie Trevaskis at Wild Mountain Sound, Mt Nebo (check studio name). To celebrate its unveiling, the Bowls Club will perform Rational Animal in its entirety in the dimly-lit, Lynchian log cabin confines of The Junk Bar's Skukum Lounge on 31 July 2017.

With the simplified palette comes a shadowy mood, a foggier feel from the outset; the brushstrokes are thicker, the tones darker, and the air heavier. "A train wreck, that's my life" descants Chris 'Cosi' Costello (voice, keys, guitar) over the opening track, to a singular, sparse bassline courtesy of Conrad Taylor and a deliberate, measured, almost lagging, backbeat provided by Ben Carstens. Danny Widdicombe's sublime slide guitar also features on this track, and the train wreck is simply beautiful to behold, which makes it impossible to tune out or look away.

It's not all brooding and melancholic, mind you, and there are some breezier moments to offset the heavy lyrical pondering and introspection. Light at the End of the Tunnell, self-castigating lyrics aside, feels a bit like an afternoon stroll along the boulevard or a friendly game of beach volleyball in Southern California; and the skipping, jaunty refrain of Smile, Smile, Smile evokes Randy Newman's buoyant yet typically ironic moments.

Still, it's the tenebrous and misty tunes that set Rational Animal apart. Although comparisons are mostly unhelpful, Nick Cave and Tom Waits fronting the Black Heart Procession gives some idea of what listeners at the Skukum Lounge can expect. The Bowls Club will also play a few earlier hits and perhaps even a carefully-curated cover version or two.

The whole evening promises to be an affair to remember. Tickets are just $18.00, which includes a copy of Rational Animal on CD. Joining The Bowls Club on the night will be local legends Hillsborough (Phil Usher and Beata Maglai) with their unique surf/mod/sad cowboy/cowgirl stylings. Justice for the 96.

This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18's only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*