The announcement of City’s Calling Me comes before the outfit hits Bluesfest this Easter.
Ahead of their Bluesfest 2021 appearance, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission have announced a new album release. The group’s new record, City’s Calling Me, a ‘guided tour between the cities of the heart’, began life as a simple covers album, rapidly mutating into something more amidst the 2020 lockdown.
What you need to know
- Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission are releasing a new album, recorded entirely during lockdown
- City’s Calling Me will be released Friday April 30 on vinyl, CD and digital
- The announcement comes before the group hits Byron Bay Bluesfest 2021 across the Easter long weekend
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The album features extensive collaborations with various artists, including major contributions from Jen Anderson – Thomas’ Weddings, Parties, Anything bandmate.
Mostly composed of covers, the album also includes a rendition of The Suburbs in Between, a poem by Barry Humphries, read by Brian Nankervis. Other tracks have come via some of Thomas’ favourite local songwriters, including Sally Kimber, Van Walker and Charles Jenkins, as well as a left-field pick from Legends of Motorsport.
“Perhaps 2020 was a year when we were all forced to evaluate what was most important to us, what we could do without and what we missed the most,” Thomas says on writing the record. “For me it was an easy answer: I missed playing music with other people – something I was able to approximate in isolation – and I missed being out and about in the city I have spent the last 30 years bumping around in.
“So the city was something I was forced to reimagine as well. But it’s a city that could be anywhere in the world – insert your own place names. Because it’s the ‘city of the heart’.”
Check out the record’s first tracks below.
City’s Calling Me will be released on Friday April 30 via Brickfielders Recording/Rocket Distribution. Pre-order it here.