It’s been awhile between drinks, but Dan Brodie is back at last.
And he’s ready to launch his newest album ‘Deep Deep Love’ on Sunday 16 March at a special matinee show at the Northcote Social Club, 301 High Street, Northcote.
Some of you may remember that Dan’s original album launch was scheduled exactly 1 day shy of this launch date in 2013!
Last year around this time, Dan had just put his latest critically acclaimed album ‘Deep Deep Love’ out to reviewers and radio stations and scheduled his launch when he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma after an initial misdiagnosis of Whooping Cough. Dan had to take a long break from gigging and songwriting to undergo heavy chemo and radiation treatments, and now he’s ready to take care of this unfinished business and bring ‘Deep Deep Love’ to a live audience.
“Chemo was brutal, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but I kind of skipped having the ‘why me?’ conversation with myself and just got on with it. Somewhere during the course of my treatment I realised that there are two worlds — the world inhabited by healthy people and the world of people who have chronic illnesses, which is a world of untold suffering and misery. I feel very lucky to be on the other side of it now and I’m glad be able to quote Mark Twain and say that ‘Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated,'” said Dan.
‘Deep Deep Love’ contains eleven songs all written by Brodie over fifteen years in various locales, both overseas and closer to home. The concept of the album came about when he realised how many songs hadn’t found homes on his previous records.
‘Deep Deep Love’ is an intimate affair, the songs unadorned by studio trickery or big production. It finds Dan, a two time ARIA award winner who was described by The Age as the ‘former alt-country pinup boy of the noughties’ returning to the style that won his first fans over.
“These songs are my lost and found collection,” says Brodie. “Lean On Me was originally demoed for my band, The Broken Arrows and Falling For You was written in a St Kilda share house when I lived with Robbie Rocket (Cosmic Psychos), Shane Walsh and Ian Rilen back in the day. Fallen Down Again is my attempt at an Ennio Morricone song, just because every songwriter ought to try at least one spaghetti western song in their career.”
If Dan Brodie were an actor, he wouldn’t be the star of the show. He would be the guy the other actors on set wanted to hang out with, the guy the director would turn to when he needed a moment of inspiration to get the show on the road. Take Tear Us Down from the Melbourne singer-songwriter’s fifth album, a song that bears no resemblance whatsoever to anything on his previous album, the gritty, dark and brooding My Friend the Murderer. Tear Us Down, Falling for You and the wonderful Lean on Me have Brodie in a contemplative, reflective mood, singing passionately about matters close to the heart. My Friend the Murderer was Brodie getting into character for a completely different role. This album features the beautiful backing vocals of Layla and Rhianna Fibbins, and shows why Brodie was twice nominated for ARIA Awards more than a decade ago and why he continues touring, writing and pushing himself in new directions.
MARTIN BOULTON (The Age Newspaper, Australia, March 2013)
Dan Brodie will launch ‘Deep Deep Love’ with special guest Alysia Manceau
Sunday 16 March
Matinee Show – Doors 1.30pm
$15 + bf or $18 at the door if available
Here’s a link to a video, shot in one take by Dave Larkin after Dan learned of his illness and cancelled his Australian launch and his tour overseas:
Here’s a link to listen to the entire album ‘Deep Deep Love’