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The Lucksmiths

The Lucksmiths

Who: The Lucksmiths
Where: Morrow Park Bowling Club
When: Tuesday May 13, 2003

THEY say that change is as good as a holiday.

So when The Lucksmiths were putting together their latest album Naturaliste, they were lucky enough to enjoy a little bit of both.

``There was a bit of a different writing process with this one,'' Mark Monnone said.

``We were over in Perth and had about five spare days up our sleeve, so we went to a place called Eagle Bay and we finished the songs down there.

'' With no distractions, apart from a tennis court, the trio had the chance to knuckle down and focus their attention on the songs.

``It was really nice for us and good to get away from it all and I think that comes across.

'' Musically, the band approached the album with the plan to strip things back and move away from the orchestration they had previously delved into.

While the band's other four albums featured an array of instruments, Naturaliste paired things down and gave the album's title true meaning.

Teaming up with producer Craig Pilkington, who worked with the band on the previous album Why That Doesn't Surprise Me, Monnone said the band is very happy with the end result.

``We wanted to pare back the extra instrumentation on it a bit and return to just the three of us and I think that's what the songs demanded anyway.

'' This year, the trio celebrates its 10th anniversary and celebrated with a performance at the same venue it played at 10 years ago to the day.

``It's pretty rare that you can stand to be around the same people for 10 years, so it's a pretty good reflection of the esteem I hold the other guys in.

'' The Lucksmiths will perform at Salarium at Morrow Park Bowling Club on Tuesday from 7pm and entry is $12.

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