Melbourne singer-songwriter Nick Stratford is set to launch his new album ‘Yeah Nah’ live with full band on Friday, 20 October at Flying Saucer Club in Elsternwick.
So what can you expect? Maybe a country music album? Yeah, nah. Classical? Yeah, nah. Punk? Yeah, nah. Polka? Most definitely nah.
‘Yeah Nah’ is eleven original rock/alt/indie gems penned by Stratford, along with two co- writes from him with Graham Gillmore and Tom Rouch. It was also produced by Rouch, a noted film and television composer and acclaimed session guitarist (film scores include The Reckoning, The Will To Fly, and Furious 7).
These songs touch on the big themes in life, along with the occasional political/social comment and display flashes of sharp wit, healthy cynicism and good humour throughout.
Nick says, “I’ve been kicking some of these songs around for years and after some rewrites and reworking I think it’s finally time to share them with the world.”
“I’m really happy with this album, my second, and I love working with Tom – we really get each other musically and we always have a laugh. It’s been a fun project for me.”
Nick spent 8 years in NYC fronting several bands in the late ’80’s, landing a demo deal with Atlantic records. He has played solo shows and opened for acts as diverse as Chris Whitley, The Murmurs, Spin Doctors and Holly Cole Trio.
When he returned to Oz, Nick spent 7 years working in television as a producer, presenter and writer and was last seen as the original host in Channel 10’s Ready Steady Cook. He has spent the last 10 years as one of Australia’s leading voice-over artists, allowing him the time to concentrate on songwriting, recording his first full length album ‘Astroboy’ in 2011. At times deeply personal and poignant (the title track is about his now 14-year-old quadriplegic son, Oli), his songs embrace styles from rock to alternative to indie and surf, with a deeply Australian style ala Sunnyboys and Hoodoo Gurus.
Recorded in Tom’s home studio and at Birdland Studios, several songs from ‘Yeah Nah’ were originally recorded in 2001, shelved and revisited and re-recorded for this release. To support the release of the single and album, Nick will play live shows featuring a full band with Nick on vocals and rhythm guitar with lead guitarist and producer Tom Rouch.
Visit him at facebook.com/nickstratfordmusic