Following the release of his 2022 album RIGHT!, Rich Webb has brought it home with his latest song.
On Brunswick St, the critically-acclaimed alt-country artist pays homage to the part of town where he spent the wild and raucous days of his youth.
Fusing nostalgia-tinged lyrics with punchy instrumentals and a contemporary spirit, the track finds Webb recounting tales from his many times on the Fitzroy street.
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“I was walking down Brunswick Street and randomly bumped into a pretty wild dude I used to run with back then, who I hadn’t seen for years. He was still going hard and it was great to see him. There was some common ground and a lot came flooding back,” says Webb.
The song, at once personal and universal, touches on the relationship between locations and memories.
“It’s about the way people and places change for you, but you also carry a bit of them forward with you too. I still get a tingle of excitement walking down there, and I think that’s because I experienced such a great time in my life on that bit of pavement. Always been a fun place for me, and I tried to catch that in the song.”
The accompanying video, created with the help of Julian Abrahams and Ty Ridgeway of Shoelace Creative (who have also worked with Lime Cordiale and Didirri), takes the viewer on a journey down the namesake road before ending at The Evelyn Hotel, where Webb would find himself on many an evening in the ’90s.
“The song is about a random walk down Brunswick St, so it seemed pretty clear we needed to do something similar for the video – and have some fun with it, as that’s what it’s always been about for me down there,” he says.
“I end up in The Evelyn Hotel also, which back then was and still is, a firing joint – The Punters opposite and The Evelyn were the heart of much of what was happening this side of town for a while.”
After two decades of making music, it’s clear the local legend won’t be slowing down any time soon. This one’s for anyone who has ever had the privilege of wandering down Melbourne’s favourite strip, as well as anyone who has a Brunswick St of their own.
“It’s still a cracking strip – get yourself over there!” says Webb.
To listen to Brunswick St, the latest track from Rich Webb, head here.
This article was made in partnership with Rich Webb.