MAN BOOKER WINNER READS McCOMB POETRY IN NEW DOCO
DBC Pierre, the Australian ex-pat novelist who won the Man Booker Prize in 2003 for his blackly comic novel Vernon God Little plays a key role in Love in Bright Landscapes. the upcoming documentary on late Triffids songwriter David McComb. Approached by the filmmakers for an interview after his essay contribution to the book Vagabond Holes in 2009, he subsequently signed on to read McComb’s own poetry in the film and previously unheard snatches of the songwriter’s letters dating from the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Pierre was travelling from his home in Ireland to India, and met us for a single afternoon in England en route. His interview was articulate, funny, and strongly grounded in a cultural standpoint that paints the Triffids as increasingly relevant – as comfortable ground slips beneath our feet. As he says, we’re now long departed from the ‘wharf of innocence’ and the intuitively off-kilter nature of The Triffids’ music , with its sense of longing, is more relevant now than ever. In the course of the interview we decided, then and there, that was perfect to read David’s letters and poems. We pitched him the idea then and there, and he graciously accepted! In Australia, one year later, he spent a day recording with us. His tone, while absolutely distinct from Dave’s, is remarkably empathetic to his words in terms of their emotion and humour.
DBC Pierre’s readings are set against remarkably vivid 35 mm slide photography captured in the Australian landscape in the ’60s and ’70s by David’s family, and intimate 8mm home movies that have been cleaned up, re-scanned, and upgraded specially for Love in Bright Landscapes.
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First TRUCKLOAD OF SKY live shows
The 'new' Lost Songs of David McComb
6:30pm, Sat 24 April, 2021
Truckload of Sky celebrates the the Lost Songs of Triffids founder, frontman and songwriter, David McComb.
We all know the classics The Triffids left us from their 6 brilliant albums however only David’s closest friends know of the backlog of songs that were left unwritten before his untimely death in 1999.
Feauturing Evil Graham Lee and Rob McComb (from the Triffids), Phil Kakulas, J.P. Shilo and Mark Dawson (from the Blackeyed Susans, Ed Kuepper, Hungry Ghosts), Bruce Haymes famed Melbourne musician who’s played with more names than he can remember plus singers are Rob Snarski (Blackeyed Susans), Alex Gow (Oh Mercy), Angie Hart (Frente), Romy Vager (RVG) and the previously mentioned J P Shilo.
Expect all the unearthed songs along with a helping of better known Triffids songs. Just as we did, the audience will get to know David just a little better.
Wide Open Road - tribute to the Triffids
A group of fine and well seasoned Adelaide musicians have come together to pay tribute to the wonderful songs of The Triffids. Playing songs from across their whole career, this tribute's aim is to do justice to the very influential, diverse, unique, 1980's, Perth band. Come along and pay tribute to The Triffids too.