Australia’s most celebrated contemporary songwriter has recorded his debut solo album. For the past ten years, Gareth Liddiard has been the driving creative force behind Australian Music Prize-winning band The Drones and a string of modern classics including Shark-Fin Blues – named the greatest Australian song ever written by a panel of musicians polled by Triple J Magazine.
Recorded in an isolated mansion thirty minutes outside Yass, in country New South Wales, Strange Tourist captures Liddiard at his most naked, and his most explosive. Armed with just a guitar and a bottle of whisky, he makes surreal stories of tightrope walkers, down and outers, suicidal Japanese salarymen and suburban radicals come alive like no one else could.
On Blondin Makes An Omelette, the first single to be lifted from the album, Liddiard tells the story of wirewalker and acrobat Charles Blondin from the point of view of his eternally suffering understudy: “No one cared for him at all until he crossed Niagra Falls/ So you’d all feel a little lower down the scale… but I ain’t here because he’s tall, I’m only here to see him fall/ And if I get on the wagon now it’ll only be to run him down.”