On the evidence of new album Ride On, Michael Meeking plays rock’n'roll music with plenty of passion and soul. Think of ‘Magic’ era Springsteen, big songs with rollicking choruses. Michael has a warm but powerful voice, with a rasp that reminds us a little of the equally excellent Danny George Wilson.
Ride On will be coming out in the UK later this year on At The Helm Records. Prior to this, Michael is on tour in the UK – all details below. someofitistrue look forward to seeing how the passion of the record translates in the live performance.
Hi Michael, welcome back to the UK, has it been a while since you were last over?
Yep certainly is! I lived over here between 2000-2006 and my last visit was at the start of 2010. It’s great to be back here!
‘Ride On’ is a great record – how has the reception been back in Australia?
It was received well with good reviews and gained a healthy amount of radio airplay, especially in our home town of Melbourne which has helped to boost our profile.
Is it nerve wracking as you build up to the UK release?
Not really, I’m more excited about the album coming out in the UK and potentially finding a new audience for the music.
Which track on the album best sums up the Michael Meeking sound?
I guess the first track What Is Lost Can Be Found sums up the band the best, which is why it’s first on the album. Got some reflective lyrics in there with some chugging electric guitars and driving rhythm section creating our country rock sound.
You are playing a short tour – what can people expect from the live show?
It will be a full band show, playing all the tracks from the album. I’ve got some great local musicians playing with me for this tour which is really exciting.
The album has a real ‘soulful’ sound – is Michael Meeking a soulful kinda guy?
Wow, thank you! I guess without sounding corny I’m not that technical so I tend to just write, sing and play from the heart so if that comes across that’s great!
My band The Lost Souls have a lot to do with the sound of the album, they are a very talented bunch of guys and old friends who I have known since I was a kid and I couldn’t have made “Ride On” without them.
What’s your favourite track of the album to play live? Why?
Favourite track of the album to play is Murder cause it’s rollicking little song that always goes over pretty well and leaves us smiling.
‘Butterfly Wings’ is our current favourite track – please tell us a little about how that song came about.
I started to write that a long time ago after the end of relationship and it’s about accepting that while some people are not in your life for a long time, you can be grateful for the time you did get to spend with them.
Where can people catch a show over the next few weeks?
Sunday 29th September, Lindfield, The Stand Up Inn
Friday 4th October, London, The Islington
Sunday 6th October, Bristol, The Louisiana
Tuesday 8th October, Brighton, The Prince Albert
with one more acoustic show yet to be announced
You’ve hooked up with Brighton based label ‘At The Helm’ how did that come about?
When I lived in the UK I spent a lot of time playing and recording music (and drinking) with my great friend Mike Steer who lived in Brighton. Mike helped produce some of the tracks on “Ride On” and passed the album on to Jim Walker, who runs At The Helm Records and the rest is history.
Which records have demanded your attention so far in 2013?
The Temperance Movement (self titled)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind
J.D. Mcpherson – Signs and Signifiers
Paul Kelly – Spring and Fall
Billy Bragg – Tooth and Nail
to name a few…
Finally, what other Australian based bands should we be checking out?
Paul Kelly, Mick Thomas, Dan Warner, wonderful storytellers, Jeremy Edwards and The Dust Radio Band, Jordie Lane, Even & St.Jude to name a few…