sit down and drink a beer with an "old mate"
you'll be astonished about the things catching up to haunt you
requesting permission to fill the cup
Oldmate is a solo guise of Adelaide/Melbourne musician Pat Telfer (of Bitch Perfect). On 'It Is What It Is', his debut solo album following a number od EP's and 7" releases, sees Telfer joined by a host of guest musicians including members of Peak Twins and Wireheads. Epic opener 'Medicine Man' sets the scene for what is to come with a tempo and atmosphere that reflects and expands on the drudgery of everyday life. It brings to mind a number of acts including but not exclusive to Television, Tom Waits, Afghan Whigs, Syd Barrett and, perhaps, Beat Happening (vocal delivery wise). There's a definite mid-70's NYC vibe to the rest of these country tinged mid-tempo janglers which justifies comparisons to the likes of Patti Smith or Tom Petty but with the lo-fi slant of Pavement or fellow Aussie indie-pop heroes Dick Diver. On first listen I prefer the more immediate tracks like the Velvets inspired 'Something' but the miserable surfy stuff like 'February' feels more representative of Telfers dour vibe. Very downtrodden but ultimately very satisfying.
get it on Norman