LACHLAN X. Morris’ music might be influenced by classic radio staples like The Beatles and The Beach Boys and self-described as “dad rock”, but the Newcastle singer-songwriter has been pondering the future.
His forthcoming second album Premeditations, while musically based in psychedelica and vintage rock, lyrically focuses on humanity’s growing obsession with technology and the disconnect it creates in our lives and relationships.
“I was thinking about how we’re living in bit of a strange time, observing people and seeing how different people live,” Morris said.
“Going from the extremes of living day-to-day myself and paying for groceries, which is all I can afford, and then seeing people with five cars per household and every time a new iPhone comes out they buy one.”
Morris said many of the songs on Premeditations also deal with future situations where technology might fail and how it could leave our society. One such example might be the breakdown of the NAB’s electronic banking services which effected thousands of customers last weekend.
“We’re almost obsessed with technology and how we rely on it,” he said.
“A lot of the songs are about paranoia and overthinking things and premeditating in a negative way your future or where the world will be.”
Morris will kick-off a crowd-funding campaign through Pozible this week to raise $3000 to cover vinyl pressing costs for the album. The first single Turpentine goes online next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, you can catch Morris on Saturday at The Dungeon in Adamstown.
FOR someone renown for an introverted lifestyle, Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has been front and centre of late.
The Novocastrian music legend has opened up about his anxiety with Andrew Denton, returned to the stage at Coachella alongside his friend and collaborator Luke Steele in their duo Dreams and on Tuesday and Wednesday the pair performed at the Sydney Opera House for Vivid.
Now Dreams have teamed up with American hip-hip pioneer Grandmaster Flash to release remixes of their tracks No One Defeats Us and Silence.
Dreams formed a friendship with Grandmaster Flash last year when the Bronx innovator performed alongside Steele’s Empire Of The Sun in the US.
IF you missed Tori Forsyth’s launch for her debut album Dawn Of The Dark last Friday, fear not.
The Kurri Kurri alt-country songstress will kick off her national album tour at the Stag and Hunter Hotel on June 28.
EUROPEAN disco legends Boney M. are coming back to Australia to get dancefloors shaking.
While the group - which scored two Australian No.1 singles in 1978 with Rivers Of Babylon and Rasputin - has undergone major line-ups changes, this latest tour will be fronted by original member Maizie Williams.
Williams didn’t sing on Boney M’s studio recordings, but was a vital member of their iconic live shows in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
You can catch Boney M. at Wests New Lambton on October 16.
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