New Settlement Road
Introducing New Settlement Road, a two-piece band from the outer suburbs of Melbourne. Their music is a blend of acoustic guitars and piano, of childhood memories and nostalgia, of joy, sadness and everything in between. New Settlement Road's Debut EP, released in October of 2008, is a collection of five unique stories that combine earthy acoustic guitar, simple melodic piano, and some gritty electric guitar sounds with a rich sounding vocal highlighted by a light sprinkling of harmony. The opening track, 'The Streets where I am bound' is about a young man's battle with alcohol addiction. His modest version of domestic bliss is transformed into a living hell via an unhealthy attraction to the bottle. 'Brothers' Bones' is the story of three friends who all take different paths to the same war. The central character, Blue, is a helicopter pilot whose job it is to fly in supplies to the frontlines. Fate reunites the three for a final journey that ends in tragedy. New Settlement Road is the brainchild of brothers, Warren Clark and Gavin Butcher. The pair was put on the musical path at a very young age, listening to their mothers' old Bob Dylan recordings. "The soul that exists in those songs and recordings is something that has influenced me greatly" says singer/songwriter Clark. "For me, the song and the story have always taken precedent over any technical prowess" he added. After many years playing in separate musical projects, the pair teamed up in late 2007 to create New Settlement Road. The plan - to create songs that, on the one hand, summed up who they were and where they had come from, but also explored musical ideas and lyrical themes that were foreign and allowed them to grow as artists. New Settlement Road's' five track debut is available now as the band prepares to hit the road and spread the word.