Community - a compilation of Hobart music

by Various Artists

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Let's make one thing clear: you cannot know Hobart music from this compilation alone. Our musicians move faster than you can see; "Community", the first release on new Hobart label Rough Skies Records, is the best we can do to capture a few still moments in this constant state of flux. They share equipment, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, even members. Some of the bands have since broken up or been stripped down to solo projects. Some of the solo projects have since been built up into bands. Some of these songs have never been released before, others come from singles, EPs & albums you'll never find again.

We scoff at your concern about our cold weather and supposed isolation, and revel in the rumour that Victorian premier John Brumby spent a weekend down here not long ago, caught a few shows at the Brisbane Hotel and the Alley Cat Bar, and is at this very moment drawing up plans to drop Melbourne somewhere in the middle of the Baltic Sea for a couple of years to try and achieve the same effect. It'll never work. You can't manufacture this sort of talent.

The way to go from here is to follow your already-overloaded heart and track down some albums. 2009 alone has brought full-length product from the Native Cats, Ivy Street, Charles Du Cane, Billy Whims, Transcription of Organ Music, and Drunk Elk. 2010 threatens to produce twice as much again. We've been keeping ourselves to ourselves for too long, so here you go: a small sampler from a small town packed full of big ideas. Whatcha reckon?

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released January 16, 2010

Compiled by Julian Teakle
Mastered by Greg Wadley at Spill Studios
Art by Damon Bird

RSKYR 001

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